Annapolis, flashing varied attack, puts away Arundel early, 28-8 Once a running back, QB Ludlam adds pass to Panthers' weapons

Football

October 04, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Passing has always been looked at as a necessary evil at Annapolis High, but now it's a weapon doing evil things to opponents. Arundel found out last night at Al Laramore Field in the capital city.

Traditionally known for its power running and smash-mouth style, No. 7 Annapolis now strikes fear with its passing. Faced with trying to stop too many offensive facets, No. 15 Arundel (2-3, 1-1) fell, 28-8.

The Panthers still don't pass much, but when they do it's not just a decoy to keep opposing defenses honest, but to get results. Two key passes in the first half enabled Annapolis to build a 21-0 halftime lead and control the game the rest of the way.

Converted senior quarterback Peter Ludlam, who wears the No. 33 he used as a running back, has many weapons at his disposal. Ludlam (3-for-5, 69 yards, one TD, all in the first half) used those weapons behind a seasoned line to engineer the Panthers' fifth straight win.

Annapolis is 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the Ann Arundel County 4A league with its potent offense and veteran, hard-hitting defense.

Ludlam leads an offense that can dominate foes a lot of ways. There's Albert Creek, who came in with 428 yards rushing and added 114 yards on 17 carries.

Donnell Foote ran for 89 yards, including a 64-yard TD run to make the score 28-0 in the third period. He also is a receiving threat, along with speedy S. J. Womack, who caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Ludlam.

Womack's 45-yard catch also set up the Panther's first score and he also ran back an interception 28 yards for six points.

It has been 10 years since Annapolis started a season 5-0. The late Al Laramore, Anne Arundel County's all-time winningest coach (156-65-2), was the Fighting Panthers' coach and Roy Brown was defensive coordinator when Annapolis started 5-0 in 1987.

That Annapolis team advanced to the state quarterfinals and finished 8-3 overall.

Brown is now head coach, in his ninth season. "This year's team has a killer instinct unlike last year's team," he said. "Last year (5-5), we went south in critical situations."

Annapolis is sending opponents south this season and Arundel is the latest. The Wildcats were buried in the first half.

Annapolis drove 87 yards in nine plays for the game's initial score, a one-yard sneak by Ludlam and Pack's kick made it 7-0 with 7: 34 left in the first period. A Ludlam-to-Womack pattern for 45 yards on a second and 11 gave the Panthers at the Wildcat 23.

Womack laid back on a Jason Carter pass on third and 19 and timed his charge to the ball perfectly, tipped it and grabbed it in stride for a 28-yard interception return for six points with 1: 15 left in the first period to make it 13-0.

The Panthers got back the conversion they missed on the second touchdown with a two-pointer following their third score in the early moments of the second period.

Annapolis then sacked Carter and the Wildcat quarterback coughed it up with two-way tackle Derek Johnson recovering for the Panthers at the Wildcat 30.

The Panthers' defensive line featuring Johnson, Joe Plattner and John Paul Williams continually stuffed Wildcat runners, holding Arundel to just 21 yards of total offense in the first half.

Pub Date: 10/04/97

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