Three big defensive plays in the final six minutes by senior end Wilbert Vaughn enabled Meade to hold off a valiant Severna Park, 27-18, at Fort Meade last night.
Vaughn forced a fumble recovered by teammate Chris Dillard to set up Meade's final touchdown, which gave the Mustangs some breathing room from a 21-18 lead.
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Vaughn then sacked Falcon quarterback Greg Korwek for a 7-yard loss and batted away a second-down pass on the visitor's final drive to help Meade regain possession and run out the clock.
The game matched two coaches who know each other well. Meade's rookie coach Mark Frye was Andy Borland's JV coach for four years before moving to Meade this season, and the two constantly yelled out what play the other was about to run.
Borland said his Falcons, who jumped out 10-0, had "the wheels come off in the second period," when Meade scored 21 points.
Frye, on the other hand, said that "the doors came off the car in the third period," when Severna Park got back into the game.
Meade's Tanardo Sharps, who led all rushers with 192 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries, set up the game-clinching touchdown -- a 6-yard sprint by quarterback Andrew Smith -- with a 33-yard dash with under five minutes left.
It was a big win for Meade, the defending county champion.
After losing their first three games, all non-league affairs, the Mustangs (3-3) have reeled off three straight in Anne Arundel County Class 4A League play.
The 3-0 mark in league action sets the stage for Meade's visit to No. 3-ranked Annapolis (6-0, 3-0) next Friday.
It was also Meade's third in a row over the Falcons, who played without their leading rusher, Charles Robinson.
After losing runner/receiver Josh Cornett to injury in the first half, Korwek tried to do it all himself, with sophomore back Curtis Johnson (8-for-55 rushing second half). The 6-foot-3 and 230-pound Korwek ran for both touchdowns (two yards each), carried 12 times for 70 yards, and completed 5-of-13 passes for 51 yards.
His touchdown run and a 43-yard field goal by Darrin McAlister gave Severna Park a 10-0 lead, but Meade answered with 21 points. Sharps covered 72 yards for six points and scored from the 4 at the end of the half. A 31-yard scoring toss from Smith to a diving Malwan Johnson in the right corner was sandwiched in between.
Korwek's second touchdown came with 6: 07 remaining in the third period. He was later intercepted in the end zone by Edmond Carazo in the third period and Sharps in the final period.
Severna Park's defense led by Bob Connor and Nick Dewind held the Mustangs scoreless until the final four minutes, when Smith scored following the Dillard fumble recovery at the Falcon 45.
"I'm proud of the way our kids hung in despite getting a couple questionable penalties called against them, " said Frye, whose team ran out the clock.
No. 2 Severna Park 3, Arundel 0: Sarah Grimm was 21-of-21 serving with four aces in the Falcons' (9-1) shutout of the Wildcats (0-8). Julie Gosewich had seven kills for Severna Park.
No. 14 Chesapeake-AA 2, Meade 1, OT: Senior Sarah Ywant scored with 32 seconds left in overtime to lift the Cougars (7-3) over host Meade (5-5). Goalie Rana Schreiber had nine saves for Chesapeake. Kim Forbes had 10 saves for the Mustangs.
Pub Date: 10/10/97