Boys' Latin escapes with 14-13 victory Severn rally falls short as Lakers stay in title hunt

November 04, 1995|By Drake Witham | Drake Witham,SUN STAFF

The luck of the Latin? It may not roll off the tongue but it rang true for Boys' Latin in yesterday's 14-13 win over Severn.

Severn kicker Kevin Schelenski missed a third-quarter extra-point and a 17-yard field goal with just over a minute remaining to preserve Boys' Latin's perfect mark in the MIAA B Conference.

Boys' Latin (7-2, 5-0) will play St. Paul's (9-0, 5-0) for the conference title next week.

After falling behind 14-0 in the first half, the Admirals trimmed the margin to 14-13 on two Dennard Melton touchdown runs.

At the beginning of the fourth period they went on a 10-minute drive and after a 35-yard halfback pass from Melton to Josh Sims had the ball on the 9-yard line with a little over a minute to play.

That's when everything unraveled and the luck of Boys' Latin set in. Quarterback Willis Wu tried to throw the ball out of bounds to stop the clock but Sims caught it again and lost a yard before being tackled.

Wu then had to burn a play by throwing his next pass out of bounds. With no timeouts remaining, Severn coach John Beckman decided to go for the field goal on third down. The kick missed but Beckman wasn't kicking himself for going for the points on third down.

"We didn't want to kick from the middle of the field because it was too muddy and we didn't want to run the risk of throwing an interception," Beckman said.

But with more than a minute to play, the Admirals seemed to have ample time to run a play and still line up for a field goal.

"I was surprised they kicked it on third down," said Laker coach Drew Haugh. "We're lucky to get out of here with a win."

Quarterback Aaron Vercollone completed 6 of 13 passes for 69 yards and a touchdown and also rushed for a score. He also intercepted a halfback-option pass from Melton to halt a first-half Admiral drive.

Melton finished with 122 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries but drew two pass interference penalties on the Lakers' first scoring drive. He also fumbled once and threw an interception but his running kept Severn in contention.

"I had to pull myself together," Melton said. "If I had been negative it could have affected the whole team."

Melton atoned for his mistakes with a 69-yard touchdown run in )) the second period and set up the final kick with his pass.

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