Unranked and unheralded Severna Park picked an ugly night to show the rest of Anne Arundel County what it is capable of achieving on the football field.
Playing in a deluge last night at Roberts Field, the Falcons controlled the line of scrimmage and took care of the ball offensively en route to a 14-6 upset of the No. 11-ranked Arundel Wildcats.
Severna Park quarterback Greg Korwek led the Falcons, throwing for one touchdown and running 56 yards on a keeper for another in a driving rain midway through the fourth quarter.
"Adam Baxter just picked me up and carried me," said Korwek, describing his winning touchdown run. "We're one of the best teams in the county. We can play with anybody. We should have beat North County last week. We should be 7-0."
The Falcons (3-4, 2-2) got their best field position of the first half following a fake field goal attempt early in the first quarter. Korwek, the holder, rolled out on the play and hit Josh Cornett for an 8-yard pickup and a first down at Wildcats' 12-yard line. Rodney Hall, the workhorse on Severna Park's opening drive, plowed his way to the 4 but fumbled the ball two plays later, allowing Arundel's offense to take over just inside the 5.
The two teams used their punting units to battle for field position throughout an uneventful first half that included nine punts and two Severna Park turnovers.
Severna Park's offense, which generated just 14 yards in the second quarter, took over with 1: 24 left in the half and got off only two plays before Korwek threw an interception to senior defensive back Ron Sroka.
A short punt helped set up Severna Park's initial scoring drive late in the third quarter. Two strong runs by Amiel Morris gave the Falcons good position inside the Wildcats 20 and Korwek then hooked up with senior split end Mickey O'Connor on an 18-yard scoring strike.
"Severna Park is a heck of a good football team. They're a lot
better than their record shows," said Arundel coach Bill Zucco. "I knew we would have some problems coming in. The rain hurt us a little bit, but we can't make excuses. We weren't able to do what we do offensively. They overpowered us a bit. We are not that big, and I think it caught up with us a little bit tonight."
Arundel (4-3, 2-2) finally managed to get into the end zone when Robert Connolly plunged in from a yard away with 2: 38 remaining in the game.
"We haven't played a single team this year that we are not able to play with," said Falcons coach Andy Borland. "These kids can play with anybody, and I think they showed that tonight."
Pub Date: 10/19/96