Annapolis overpowers N. County QB Belt scores two TDs in Panthers' 21-0 victory

October 10, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Power and ball control beat speed, quickness and the big play last night as Annapolis outlasted visiting North County, 21-0, in an Anne Arundel County Class 4A League game at Al Laramore Field.

Quarterback Kyron Belt ran for a pair of touchdowns and guided the Panthers to 302 yards rushing for a total offense of 336 yards. Belt scored on a 24-yard run in the first period. His other six-pointer came with 4: 33 left.

Junior Rayvon Johnson, who entered the game as the county's second leading rusher, ran for 147 yards on 28 attempts and the final touchdown, on a 2-yard dive with 1: 31 remaining.

Andrew Halton made all three extra-point kicks.

Johnson ran his rushing total to 1,018 yards for the 4-2 Panthers, now 3-0 in league play, setting up a showdown at Meade, the team they shared the county title with in 1997, next week.

Johnson and sophomore Reynardo Young, who gained 102 yards on 17 carries, did most of the damage to set up Belt's touchdowns. The Annapolis defense, led by linebacker Henry Downs, who had an interception, and linemen Charles Carter and Jack Brooks did the rest.

"We've got a good line that is starting to jell, and I think we wore them out in the second half," said Annapolis coach Roy Brown.

The Panthers defense took care of the rest in limiting the Knights' standout back, Otis James, to a mere 17 yards on 12 carries; he now has 884 for the season.

"We told the kids we were playing against a great back [James], but we've stopped backs as good this year, and nobody has run us, " said Brown. "We emphasized stopping the run and taking out chances with the pass."

North County quarterback Mike Pfisterer completed 19 of 33 passes but for only 137 yards and no touchdowns. The Knights (2-4, 2-2) penetrated the red zone only once the entire game, that in the second period.

After running 12 plays down to the North County 40 on the game's initial drive, the Panthers' Halton punted for a touchback. Taking over at their own 20, North County was out in four downs.

A bad snap on an attempted punt resulted in an incomplete pass by Pfisterer for an Annapolis first down at the visitor's 24.

On the very first play, Belt rolled left, kept it and raced down the sideline, breaking between three would-be tacklers into the end zone for the game's first touchdown. Halton's extra-point kick was true to make it 7-0 Annapolis with five minutes left in the first period.

The Panthers missed another opportunity to score early in the second period on Downs' interception of a tipped pass.

Pub Date: 10/10/98

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