Knight-time: North County romps, 35-8 Four fumbles hurt Glen Burnie, lead to 1st defeat of year

September 30, 1995|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Those in Anne Arundel County who thought this was going to be a payback year for defending 4A state champion North County had better forget it.

The young Knights may have come of age in Glen Burnie last night.

The No. 11 Knights (2-2) dealt previously unbeaten Glen Burnie (3-1) an early 28-0 hit and went on to rout the Gophers, 35-8.

North County rolled up 316 of its 389 total yards in the first half, and the Gophers never recovered.

It was North County's fifth consecutive victory over Glen Burnie.

"It was a very, big win, " said Knights coach Chuck Markiewicz, who starts seven to eight underclassmen on both sides of the ball.

"We had been averaging 6.3 turnovers in our first three games, and I told the kids before the game that I didn't care if we won.

"I just told them to go out there and don't turn it over. Give us a chance to win, and they did tonight. One of the officials told me that our kids were getting too excited, and I told him that we had not played like this yet this season.

"We played team [ball] tonight."

The Knights gave quarterback Maurice Bowie (9-for-12, 169 yards, one touchdown pass) time to throw for the first time this season and had more rushing yards (148) for the game than their total in the first three games.

On the other side of the ball, they played aggressive defense, forcing four fumbles and holding the Gophers, who had been averaging 265 yards rushing, to 179 yards.

"We're a better team than this, but North County is a great team and just happened to put it together against us," said Gophers coach Dave Rigot, whose team gave up more points last night than it had in its first three games (28).

"I'm disappointed in our kids, particularly our defense. They were flat-footed all night."

Bowie completed his first three passes and hit Chris Mangum (four receptions for 100 yards) with a 34-yard touchdown pass, and V. J. Impallaria kicked the extra point to give the Knights a 7-0 lead a minute into the game.

The Bowie-to-Mangum combo hooked up on a 47-yarder to set up the second score, a 19-yard run by ace back Kiki Ellis with 5:27 left in the first period.

After stopping the Gophers at the 12, the Knights caught them napping. Bowie raced 88 yards to score on a quarterback sneak with just under three minutes in the half.

With 44 seconds left before halftime, Larell Henriques forced a fumble, and it was recovered by teammate Bobby Lincoln on the

Knights' 28 to set up what may have been the back-breaking touchdown.

Cornelius Burley gathered in a halfback option pass from Corey Wright and went 72 yards to make it 28-0.

Other North County fumble recoveries were by Jason Stiegler, Henriques and Dave Kessler.

Linebacker Marvin Mobley led the Knights with 17 tackles (nine unassisted), followed by defensive back Toney Fowlkes (16) and senior linebacker Cesar Romero (10), who tore up his knee in the third period and may be out for the season.

Glen Burnie scored on the initial drive of the second half, going 61 yards in 12 plays and using up six minutes with time against them. Bobby Beale, who led all rushers with 97 yards on 24 attempts, capped the drive with a 4-yard dive and also ran for the two-point conversion.

North County capped the scoring with a 7-yard touchdown run by Ellis with 1:45 left. Impallaria kicked his fifth straight extra point.

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