Air gives Northeast-AA a lift

Eagles switch gears, use passing game to defeat Fallston, 12-7


High Schools

September 22, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

After relying on the rushing of senior Joe Brockmeyer in a one-point victory at No. 12 Liberty on Monday, Northeast of Anne Arundel County took to the air last night in Pasadena to outlast Fallston, 12-7.

The C.J. Spoone-Wilson Russell passing combination produced two first-half touchdowns and a lead that was maintained with the help of a superb effort from the defense in ending a nine-game losing streak to the Cougars.

Northeast had no choice to pass because Brockmeyer, who ran 42 times for 164 yards at Liberty, nearly didn't play last night because of a fever that sent him to the hospital three hours before game time.

After shutting out the visiting Cougars (1-2) for three quarters, the Eagles, who are 3-0 for the first time since their last winning season in 1988 (7-3), gave up a 12-yard touchdown pass from John Heiser to Chris Heiser with 8:40 left.

Fallston got the ball one more time, but gave it up on downs at its 36 with 1:43 left. The Eagles controlled the football most of the remaining time after the Cougars scored, with Brockmeyer gaining 30 yards in two crucial time-consuming possessions in the final period.

"Joe was pretty beat up from Monday and was in the hospital at four o'clock today with a 103 fever," said Northeast coach Mike Cotham. " ... He was dragging, but he got some big yards for us at the end."

Northeast took the lead at 6-0 with 3:33 left in the first period as Spoone hit Russell on a slant that covered 71 yards. Russell took the near 10-yard pass and split a narrow seam between defenders to go all the way.

The second Spoone touchdown pass to Russell was on a takeoff down the left sideline from 44 yards away. Russell danced between a couple of defenders after taking the pass and jetted to the end zone.

Northeast failed on both conversion attempts, and it could have been costly if not for the defense led by linebackers Todd Nelson and Pat Burns, defensive end Brian Rose and the secondary of Johnny Johnson and Chris Dyke, who had an interception and fumble recovery.

The visitors were fortunate the Eagles did not add a third touchdown in the first half when Dyke picked off a pass and raced 22 yards to the Fallston 15 with 25 seconds remaining. Three incomplete passes resulted in a missed field goal attempt.

Fallston's scoring drive started at its 49. Junior running back Kevin Jans got the call three times for 26 yards, his longest 17 yards to the Northeast 22 to set up the touchdown and subsequent extra-point kick by Kevin Keller.

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