Arundel holds on to overcome Annapolis, 13-12

November 05, 1994|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Staff Writer

Arundel and Annapolis packed two touchdowns into the final 49 seconds with the visiting Wildcats holding on for a crucial 13-12 victory last night at Al Laramore Field.

Arundel needs a win over last-place Meade to make the playoffs for the first time since 1985.

The Wildcats (7-2) took the lead at 13-6 on Mike Haertel's second touchdown with 49 seconds to go, only to see Panthers senior quarterback Orlando Downs find Donnell Foote alone at the 2 on a 45-yard pass play with seconds left.

Downs, who ran for both Annapolis touchdowns and completed six of 14 passes for 121 yards, crashed into the end zone by driving through two would-be tacklers from the 2 with three seconds left to bring the Panthers back to within a point.

Annapolis coach Roy Brown ordered a fake kick and Downs, the holder, jumped up, rolled right, thought about running again, and finally tossed a pass into the right corner that was batted away at the last second by defensive back Mike McKnight.

"That was a gutsy call by Roy and we kind of thought they would try it," said Arundel coach Bill Zucco.

After leading all runners in the first half with 40 yards on eight attempts, Haertel only got the ball twice in the second half, but his final attempt was big.

Haertel (10 carries for 94 yards) scored from 46 yards out on a toss sweep, and Mark Gregory kicked the crucial extra point.

"They were keying on me in the first half and that's why I didn't get it," said Haertel. "I got key blocks from Vince [Faunteroy] and Joe Williams, saw the hole and only had to beat one man down the sideline."

Arundel scored first, capitalizing on a Panthers fumble at the Annapolis 41. It drove 41 yards in 12 plays with Haertel scoring from the 5.

Haertel got the call five times and picked up 27 yards on the drive, including the touchdown burst off tackle with 1:48 left in the first period.

The Wildcats failed on a two-point conversion run. Arundel had planned to kick, but the Panthers were offsides, putting the ball 1 1/2 yards away from the end zone.

Annapolis (5-4) stopped Haertel's dive and later tied the game with 2:15 left in the half on Downs' 5-yard scoot into the right corner. The Panthers took advantage of a short 20-yard punt off the side of Casey Trout's foot at the Annapolis 31.

Downs hit Chris Brianas underneath the Arundel zone twice in succession for gains of 18 and 16 yards before Marty Sellers raced nine yards to the 5. Downs kept it on the next play and dove smack onto the orange cone for six points.

Daniel Edwards' extra-point kick was snuffed, keeping the game tied at 6.

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