Severna Park ousted

November 19, 1994|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Staff Writer

LARGO -- Senior co-captain and two-way standout Vince Peden ran for 121 yards and scored four first-half touchdowns on just nine attempts to pace Largo to a 32-14 romp over No. 13 Severna Park in 4A state quarterfinal action in Prince George's County.

Peden, a 5-foot-10 and 190-pound fullback-linebacker, led Largo (9-2) on both sides of the ball as the hosts built a 32-6 halftime lead. The deficit was too much to overcome for the Falcons (8-3), who didn't quit in the second half.

The Falcons held the host scoreless in the second half but could get only one score, that with 6:33 left in the third period.

Mark Frye (13 carries for 74 yards) was a bright spot for the Falcons, scoring all their points on two short touchdown runs and a conversion pass to finish the season with a school-record 21 touchdowns and 128 points.

Gary Thall set the Severna Park record in 1964 with 20 touchdowns.

Peden finished with 157 yards on 16 carries and was in on 15 tackles at linebacker. Jason Shupe ran for 101 yards on 24 attempts. The winners ran up 357 yards of total offense, 295 rushing.

"Yes, Vince plays like that all the time, has carried us all year," said 24-year Largo coach Rocco Romeo, who won a state title in 1976.

The victory advances No. 3 seed Largo to next week's semis against today's winner of the Sherwood-Springbrook game in Montgomery County. It ends the season for No. 6-seeded Severna Park, which was making its fifth playoff appearance (1-5) in 35 years and first since 1990.

Largo is in the playoffs for a fourth time, the last in 1992, and took control early. The Prince George's County champion (8-0 league action) got off with a bang.

Chris Rogers ran back the opening kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown, but the Falcons answered with a 68-yard return by )) Ryan Moore to set up Frye's first touchdown from the 6.

Neither team converted and Largo settled things down with a relentless 80-yard drive in 14 plays, with Peden scoring from 12 yards out.

Shupe carried nine times for 45 yards on the drive as Largo took a 12-6 lead, but junior quarterback Drewhamed Bey was brilliant as a last-minute replacement. Starting quarterback Kearnis Faison was injured in a car accident Thursday night and Bey took over.

Peden then scored three more unanswered touchdowns on runs of 73, 3 and 2 yards.

To its credit, Severna Park came out fired up for the second half and held Largo to 73 yards rushing in the final two periods. Linebacker Jermond Davenport and down lineman Jim Henson played well in defeat.

Severna Park was attempting to notch the 200th win in school history, the 128th under coach Andy Borland (128-95). The late George Roberts (71-48-9) was the school's only other coach.

Anne Arundel County Class 4A teams are 4-16 in the state playoffs since the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association went to the eight-team format in 1986.

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