Annapolis blanks Meade, 35-0 Johnson gains 259 yards on ground for Panthers

October 17, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Rayvon Johnson ran wild as Annapolis belted Meade, 35-0, in an Anne Arundel County Class 4A League game last night.

An awesome performance on both sides of the ball, particularly in a 21-point third period, turned the showdown at the Fort into a letdown.

The Panthers (5-2) remain the county's only unbeaten team in league play at 4-0, dropping Meade to 3-4 overall and 2-2.

Johnson's 259 rushing yards set the table for senior quarterback Kyron Belt, who ran for two touchdowns and passed for another. Belt flawlessly guided the Panthers' offense to nearly 400 yards of total offense, 311 rushing.

On the other side of the ball, the Panthers defense -- led by linebackers Henry Downs and Jack Brooks, along with linemen Charles Carter, Dan Calhan and Trevon Williams -- controlled the line of scrimmage.

Meade's speedy stable of running backs was limited to just 54 yards rushing and a total offense of 111 yards.

Belt's 2-yard dive gave Annapolis (5-2, 4-0) a 7-0 lead at the half, and the Panthers exploded for 21 unanswered points in the third period.

A 10-yard touchdown run by Johnson started it. period. Two more touchdowns came on Belt's 3-yard scamper and his perfectly lofted 39-yard bomb down the right sideline to junior end Marvin Charles.

Belt was 4-for-5 passing for 81 yards, including his county-leading 10th touchdown pass on only 22 completions.

"Our offense hasn't been stopped all year, and except for that letdown in the Arundel game [a 35-34 Annapolis win], our defense has been the answer to our season," Annapolis coach Roy Brown said afterward.

"I thought everybody had a good game. Meade has been running the ball on people, but our defensive linemen don't get pushed around. Our line did a great job blocking. Rayvon seems to get stronger as the game goes on, and Kyron's a heckuva athlete and makes the big plays."

Johnson amassed 170 of his yards in the second half to remain runner-up in the county rushing race with 1,278 yards behind Broadneck's Martel Threadgill, who has 1,303 yards.

Johnson's 259 yards were only 20 yards short of the school record 279 by former NFL back Donald "Turkey" Brown against Severna Park in 1980.

Sophomore Kevan Simms capped the scoring with a 6-yard run early in the fourth period. Junior kicker Andrew Halton booted all five point-after attempts.

The win was the Panthers' second straight over the Mustangs and third since 1994.

The Panthers defense held the Mustangs to only 54 total yards in the first half, 29 passing, on the way to their second straight shutout.

Meade coach Mark Frye changed quarterbacks on his team's final series of the half with freshman Antwan Smith taking over for brother Andrew. Both played QB in the second half.

Pub Date: 10/17/98

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