Annapolis falls in OT to Damascus, 28-27

Panthers had rallied to tie with seven seconds left

Class 3A football

November 13, 1999|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

It was heartbreak at its very worst for Annapolis last night in the state Class 3A football quarterfinals, as Jon Genua's extra-point kick lifted No. 5 seed Damascus over the fourth-seeded Panthers, 28-27, in overtime at Al Laramore Field.

The Panthers forced overtime with a score in the last seven seconds of regulation and scored on their first possession from the 10. Rayvon Johnson's Anne Arundel County single-season-record 29th touchdown on third down from the 10 put Annapolis up 27-21, but Jagman Chahal's extra-point kick was blocked by the Hornets' Kevin Flynn.

Joe Tippett, who missed the second half with a leg injury, re-entered and scored the tying touchdown on a third down from the 1. After an Annapolis timeout, Genua kicked the game-winner high and long down the middle.

The loss somewhat overshadowed an incredible second half by Johnson, who also broke the county career rushing record with 170 of his 181 yards in the second half to finish his two-year career with 4,044 yards. Johnson, the only county runner to crack 2,000 yards (2,060 in 1998) in a season, finished this year with 1,984, 29 touchdowns and 178 points, another record.

The reward for the victory is a trip to Germantown next week for a 3A semifinal at the state's top-ranked Seneca Valley (11-0). The Eagles have won 37 in a row, including last night's 49-11 victory over No. 8 Wilde Lake (9-2), and are 111-12 with five state championships during the 1990s.

The only loss suffered by the Hornets of Montgomery County was to Seneca Valley, 28-6.

Annapolis sent the game into overtime on a Mike Phaneuf to Kevan Simms touchdown pass with seven seconds left in regulation. Simms made a leaping grab between two defenders to put the Panthers within 21-19.

Johnson then sprinted right on a toss sweep for the game-tying two-point conversion to give him a county-career-record 172 points. Earlier, Johnson had tied the county season record for touchdowns with his 28th.

Johnson, a 5-foot-10 and 175-pounder who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds, is the only Maryland player nominated for the Dick Butkus National High School Player of the Year award to be announced Dec. 10.

The two teams went to the break tied 7-7. After an uneventful first period in which the Panthers had 22 yards rushing and the Hornets 18 rushing and 24 passing for a total offense of 42 yards, the home team got on the board with 6: 27 left before intermission.

Trevon Williams blocked a Damascus punt and Nick Good-Malloy smothered it at the visitors' 44 for the Panthers. A surprising 44-yard touchdown pass from Phaneuf to Marvin Charles followed, and Chahal's kick made it 7-0 Annapolis.

Phaneuf had thrown only one other time in the half, and it was picked off by Brendan Wallace at the Damascus 38. His next pass attempt was his 12th touchdown pass of the season, all to Charles, who was making only his 17th pass reception.

Damascus answered with an 11-play, 68 yard-drive capped by a fourth-and-goal touchdown pass from quarterback Mac Mollet to Drew King from the 6. King made a one-handed grab in the left corner for the six points, and Genua's point-after kick tied it at seven with 1: 03 left in the half.

On the scoring drive that took more than five minutes, Mollet completed four passes, the big one a 34-yarder to Eric Gonitzke. The Panthers' Simms was guilty of a face-mask penalty to give the Hornets a first and goal at the 6.

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