Arundel turns back Severna Park, 14-2 Wildcats still can share Anne Arundel County title

October 24, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Arundel defensive lineman James Stanko hit Chris Odom so hard on the game's last play that the Severna Park quarterback's helmet came off.

The 9-yard sack symbolized what was a night of hard-hitting defense on both sides as Arundel outlasted the host Falcons for a 14-2 victory in Anne Arundel County 4A League action at George Roberts Field.

The verdict wasn't in until Dave Everett, who led all ball carriers with 83 yards on 16 attempts, rambled 24 yards up the middle for a touchdown with 1: 41 left. Greg Wojtech followed with his second extra-point kick of the game.

With the victory, hard-nosed Arundel, maybe the best 3-5 team in the metro area, kept its hopes of a share of the Anne Arundel County title alive. In winning their second in a row over Severna Park,the Wildcats improved their league record to 3-2.

Severna Park (4-4) fell to 3-2 and both teams will need help next week from Old Mill to have a shot at front-running, 13th-ranked Annapolis (6-2, 5-0). The final regular season game has Annapolis traveling to Severna Park.

Arundel senior linebackers Jeff Blachly and Matt Malloy and senior linemen Mike Parker and James Stanko were all over the field. The Wildcats defense held the Falcons to 148 total yards, 127 on the ground.

Junior Paul Gillette was the Falcons' leading ground gainer with 55 yards on 14 totes against the gang-tackling Wildcats.

"We did a great job defensively and stuck 'em all night," said Arundel coach Bill Zucco.

Severna Park reciprocated with bruising junior linebacker David Wagner, who was in on at least 15 tackles. Arundel's leading rusher, Domenic Greco (784 yards, seven touchdowns), left with a hip-pointer after the first half.

Greco carried eight times for 54 yards, including a 7-yard touchdown run with 47 seconds left before intermission.

"Offensively, we didn't move the football," said Severna Park coach J.P, Hines, who was Zucco's defensive coordinator last year and is an Arundel grad.

"We didn't take advantage and when you don't, you don't deserve to win. But our kids played hard and both teams were physical."

Severna Park drove to the Arundel 27 late in the third period and Odom hit Mehdi Nematollahi for a 15-yard gain to the 12, only to have it called back for holding.

The Falcons ended up punting on fourth down early in the final period and didn't score until Arundel punter Chris Nider stepped over the back line in his own end zone for a safety with 7: 38 remaining.

Pub Date: 10/24/98

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