Westminster rallies, beats Severna Park, 20-14 Three unanswered scores lift Owls over Falcons

September 13, 1996|By Steve Kivinski | Steve Kivinski,SUN STAFF

After spotting home-standing Severna Park two touchdowns last night, unranked Westminster erupted for three unanswered scores and stunned the Falcons, 20-14, at Roberts Field.

Senior running backs Donte Partlow and Corey LaPrade lead the Owls' come-from-behind win by running, twisting and diving their way through Severna Park's defense.

And Owls quarterback Billy Mays orchestrated the attack, completing six of eight passes for 87 yards, one touchdown and a two-point conversion.

"We got character, that's important. Character is something we treasure at Westminster," said Owls first-year coach Frank Mantinaos. "I told the kids that if they don't mess up, they don't hurt themselves, good things will happen. We know we can get the job done as long we don't make any mistakes."

The Owls (2-0) had nowhere to go but up after a penalty-marred first quarter, in which Westminster could not figure out who was playing what position.

Severna Park, oming off a 21-18 season-opening loss to Northern of Calvert County, looked like it was going to coast to its first victory. The Falcons (0-2) found the end zone in their first possession and Amiel Morris capped the 50-yard drive with a 9-yard touchdown run around the left side.

Greg Korwek's 29-yard pass to spit end Mickey O'Connnor helped set up Charles Robinson's 2-yard touchdown run and Darrin McAllister's second extra point put the hosts ahead 14-0 with 1: 26 left in the first quarter.

Then the momentum shifted.

"We we were down, our coach told us to keep positive. He said we could win and we started believing it," said LaPrade. We left it all out there on the field, we didn't hold anything back."

Westminster fullback Brian Tozer was the workhorse in the Owls' first scoring drive late in the second quarter. The stocky senior ran the ball five straight times, the last a 24-yard run to the Falcons' 4.

One play later, LaPrade brought the Owls' to 14-6.

Severna Park went to the air in the waning minutes of the first half and cornerback Brooks Wagner made them pay as he picked off a pass and returned it to the Falcons' 36 with 1: 22 left. Mays' 27-yard pass to Wagner put the guests deep inside Severna Park territory and Mays caped the drive with an 8-yard strike to tight end Jerry Webb.

Mays then hit Partlow on a screen pass on the two-point conversion and Partlow did the rest, running through one defender and flipping over another to tie the score at 14.

Westminster kept Severna Park's defense off balance through out the second half by mixing the run and the pass.

The Owls put together a 10-play, 87-yard scoring drive midway throught he fourth quarter and Partlow's 1-yard surge with 6: 04 left proved to be the difference.

Pub Date: 9/13/96

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