Severna Park boots Watkins Mill, 15-14

Gillette's field goal wins it

Gaithersburg rips Old Mill

Football roundup

November 13, 1999|By Pete Bielski | Pete Bielski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Senior Paul Gillette kicked a 28-yard field goal with five seconds remaining to lift Severna Park to a 15-14 victory last night over Watkins Mill in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs.

Gillette, who missed a first-quarter extra point, capped the decisive 14-play, 60-yard drive with a kick that was down the middle.

"I was shaking," he said. "I was just hoping it would go through. Everyone blocked well."

The victory improved fourth-seeded Severna Park to 10-1. Watkins Mill of Montgomery County finishes 8-2, with its only loss to top-seeded Gaithersburg. Severna Park will face Gaithersburg next weekend.

Watkins Mill was in control with a 14-6 lead until Starke Mueller made a superb interception and returned it 30 yards for a Severna Park touchdown. A two-point conversion was unsuccessful and Severna Park still trailed 14-12 with 10: 09 to go.

After forcing a Watkins Mill punt, Severna Park got the ball back with 5: 55 left. Tailback Derek Dixon carried the load, getting 34 of his 106 yards in the game-winning drive. He turned a key third-and-1 play into an 18-yard burst that made Gillette's kick a mere chip shot.

Class 4A

Gaithersburg 30, Old Mill 3: Semaj Richardson rushed 17 times for 206 yards, three touchdowns and a two-point conversion to power the Trojans (10-1) past the Patriots (7-4).

Class 3A

Seneca Valley 49, Wilde Lake 11: Quarterback Chris Kelley ran for three touchdowns and threw for two more as the host Screaming Eagles defeated the Wildecats in the state quarterfinals.

Kelley had 395 all-purpose yards for Seneca Valley (11-0), which has now won 37 straight games. Kelley had 157 yards rushing, 175 return yards and 63 passing yards. He scored the first time he touched the ball, returning a punt 45 yards for a touchdown one minute into the game.

Seneca Valley will play Damascus next week.

Wilde Lake (9-2) fell behind 21-0 with 3: 37 left in the first quarter when Kelly threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Pierouchakos. The Wildecats pulled within 21-8 when Mario Merrills returned an interception 21 yards for a touchdown seven seconds into the second quarter. Wilde Lake closed to within 21-11 two minutes later on Charles Berlin's 26-yard field goal.

-- Jamison Hensley

Class 2A

No. 4 Hereford 33, Queen Anne's 14: Junior Billy Wright, in his first career start, scored four touchdowns to lead the Bulls (11-0) in the state quarterfinals on the Eastern Shore. Filling in for injured All-Metro C.J. Feldheim, Wright ran for 116 yards on 14 carries.

The victory over the Lions (9-2) gave Bulls coach Steve Turnbaugh his 50th career win, tying the state record for wins by a coach in his first five seasons.

Hereford plays the winner of Urbana-Northeast in next week's semifinals.

Class 1A

Brunswick 41, Hickey 6: Chris Hill ran for 208 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries as the host Railroaders (9-2) drubbed the Bears (7-3) in a first-round playoff game.

Hill scored on runs of 43, 6, and 2 yards to help put Brunswick ahead 26-6 after the first quarter.

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