Late push puts Pikesville over top, 14-7

Panthers score with 1: 41 left to defeat Towson

Football

October 01, 1999|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Stifled by visiting Towson's defense since early in the first quarter, the Pikesville offense had one last chance to make amends last night.

That's when quarterback Steve Watson decided it was his time.

The senior scored on a 2-yard plunge, running behind center Alex Koffler with 1: 41 left in the game to cap a 13-play, 75-yard drive that gave the Panthers a 14-7 win over the Generals.

Trailing 7-6 at the time, Watson called his own number five times in the pivotal series, running behind a re-energized offensive line for 40 yards.

"Towson played a great football game, but we understood what it would take," said Watson, who also completed a key 12-yard pass to Yuri Gimburg in the winning drive.

"Our defense gave us a second chance and it was time to move the football. I trust myself in those situations. We couldn't have done it without our offensive line. They knew what they had to do and got it done."

The Panthers improve to 4-1 overall and stay unbeaten in Baltimore County's 1A-2A League at 3-0.

Towson, which ended last season with four wins after an 0-6 start, are now 3-1 on the season and 1-1 in league play.

The Panthers defense did its share, forcing six Towson turnovers -- including Terrence Williams fumble recovery on the Towson 44 with under a minute left to preserve the win. All the turnover came after the Generals got a 3-yard score from quarterback Mike Williams on their opening possession to take an early 7-0 lead.

Pikesville answered on its next drive -- Watson throwing 10 yards to tight end Clement Sorgho for his seventh touchdown catch of the season to cut the Generals lead to 7-6.

Towson could have added to the lead in the second quarter after Jared Satterfield returned a punt 49 yards to the Pikesville 9-yard line.

The Generals went backwards -- losing 33 yards before Williams fumbled on a third-down keeper.

"This one stings a little," said Towson coach Ed Pfaff. "Pikesville has a lot of good athletes over there and on any given day, either of these teams could win."

Pub Date: 10/01/99

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