Southern-AA wins, 27-24, with : 53 left North Carroll loses at end for second straight week

September 20, 1997|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

For the second week in a row, Southern-Anne Arundel pulled out a victory with a fourth-quarter touchdown, and North Carroll gave up winning points in the last three minutes.

This time, Crevante Washington charged off on his third untouched touchdown run with 53 seconds left, and visiting Southern made off with a 27-24 victory in Hampstead.

Moments earlier, it had appeared that North Carroll would get the nod after Adam Crowl rolled into the end zone from a yard away to give the Panthers (1-2) a 24-19 lead. But as had been the case all night, the home team couldn't convert the extra points.

The win sent coach Russ Meyers' team to 3-0, a surprising start after going 0-3 the last two years. Not so surprising, however, when you look at the newly installed wishbone offense in which junior quarterback Randy Salisbury has three 200-pound running backs behind him, including Washington and senior Paul Brown. Brown executed one out of Meyers' playbook to set up the winning touchdown.

"It's a wrap-around draw -- the back delays and then simply takes off," Meyers said. "That's one we've had for a long time."

Brown, an offensive force all night, ran it to perfection, rambling 35 yards to the North Carroll 28-yard line.

Brown got six more yards, and then the Bulldogs, who had shown little passing, got 11 on a throw from Salisbury to Edmond Riggs. Then Washington cut inside off Brown's block and raced into the end zone.

Earlier, the two teams had gone back and forth on the scoreboard. North Carroll scored on its first possession, going 76 yards in seven plays. The last one was a 25-yard pass quarterback Eric Etzel lofted over the head of defender Salisbury to Steve Suter.

The visitors countered that with one of their own on their next possession. Staying on the ground, Brown churned out 26 yards, including the last four up the middle for the score.

A fumble recovery by Crowl gave North Carroll possession at midfield early in the second quarter. The home team, mixing the runs with three passes for first downs, took nearly six minutes to go the distance.

Crowl reeled off seven-yard spurts, basically behind the blocks of senior Jeff Painter and sophomore Trevor Stockman, to get the touchdown. It was 12-6 at the half.

Pub Date: 9/20/97

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