Northern struggles past improved Southwestern Vikings win 4th in row, face No. 10 Patterson next

September 28, 1996|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

While waiting for Southwestern to arrive yesterday, Northern coach Bruce Strunk talked about some major concerns he had going in.

Off to a 3-0 start and No. 10 Patterson waiting in the wings next week, Strunk feared his Vikings would be looking past much-improved Southwestern.

In addition, five of Strunk's regulars weren't playing because ofinjuries, giving him a lot to ponder as transportation problems delayed Southwestern and the game for about 30 minutes.

By halftime the score was 8-8 and his fears were on the verge of coming true. But Northern was able to hold off the Sabers for a 14-8 victory in a Baltimore City Class 4A League contest.

"Hopefully, this will be a wake-up call, and we'll try to turn this into a positive," said Strunk, who's in his second year. "We did the job when we had to, but this was a disappointing performance."

The Vikings (4-0, 3-0), who will play Patterson, the three-time defending league champion, at Patterson Park next Friday night, had outscored their first three opponents, 86-0, but surrendered their first points in the first half yesterday. Most of the Vikings' second-half output came in the opening drive, when they went 67 yards in seven plays, with Mustafah Karneh powering into the end zone from three yards. The drive was keyed by a 54-yard pass from Mark Scott to Ramon Gray on a third-and-11 from the Vikings' 43.

Gray (two sacks) along with defensive back Mike Scott helped keep both Southwestern and Chris Hailey, who entered the game with 279 receiving yards and seven touchdowns, out of Vikings territory in the second half.

Hailey, who missed some of the third quarter with a leg injury, touched the ball once in the second half after gaining 74 of Southwestern's 94 yards in the first half.

The Vikings capitalized on a bad punt by Southwestern for their first score, going 27 yards in five plays with Terrell McFarland scoring on a 7-yard run with 5: 33 left in the first quarter. North County 36, Glen Burnie 6: Mike Evans (19-for-29) threw for 368 yards and five touchdowns as No. 2 North County (4-0) topped visiting Glen Burnie (1-3).

City 40, Palotti 7: Michael Johnson completed 13 of 18 passes for 201 yards and one touchdown as No. 4 City (4-0) defeated host Palotti (1-3). Tabor Small rushed eight times for 71 yards and touchdown, while Johnson ran for two others.

Old Mill 10, Annapolis 7: Quarterback Charlie Beverly broke tackles in the backfield with 50 seconds remaining to score the winning touchdown as the Patriots (3-1) upset host No. 14 Annapolis (2-2).

Patterson 30, Mervo 14: Brendan Williams and Devin Jones combined for 190 yards rushing and three touchdowns as No. 10 Patterson (3-1) downed visiting Mervo (2-2).

Arundel 35, Chesapeake-AA 20: Erik Lipton completed 15 of 23 passes for 263 yards and four touchdowns as part of a 21-point fourth quarter for the eighth-ranked Wildcats. Arundel led, 7-6, at halftime.

Aberdeen 32, South River 24: Tommy Mims scored two second-half touchdowns to help No. 9 Aberdeen (4-0) over visiting South River.

Pub Date: 9/28/96

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