Upstart Saints still unbeaten after outlasting Gibbons in OT

SIDELINES

September 30, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

St. Mary's, No. 3-ranked Broadneck and Northeast are Anne Arundel County's only remaining undefeated football teams, each at 4-0.

St. Mary's, somewhat of a surprise this fall after losing several skilled players to graduation, outlasted No. 14 Cardinal Gibbons, 13-10, in overtime in southwest Baltimore Friday night.

Broadneck beat No. 11 Old Mill, 14-13, and Northeast routed Queen Anne's, 30-8.

Quarterback Marc Parreco plunged in from the 1 to give St. Mary's the win over the defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference champion Crusaders. The Saints are now 2-0 in league play with just two games left, home against Archbishop Curley and on the road against rival Severn.

Gibbons (3-1) had taken a 10-7 lead on Chris Stimmel's 17-yard field goal on the first overtime possession. Parreco answered on third down near the goal line, scoring on an option dive.

"We would have gone for it on fourth down too, because we had been running the ball well against them the entire game," said coach Mike Codd, whose Saints amassed 275 yards on the ground. Geoff Christhilf ran for 130 on 19 carries.

Despite a potent running game, St. Mary's committed five turnovers and 17 penalties. Those mistakes continually stalled drives.

"We were hoping to get to overtime, and were concerned because their kicker [Stimmel] has a really good leg and he just missed winning it for them in regulation," Codd said.

Stimmel's 37-yard field-goal attempt was a little short in the final seconds.

The St. Mary's defense limited Gibbons running back Hassan Muhammad to 85 yards and no rushing touchdowns. Muhammad's 30-yard interception gave the Crusaders their only points in regulation.

Codd cited the play of linemen Roger Calisch, Brent Teague and Rich Stone, and linebacker James Hyland.

"We're much quicker this year on both sides of the ball, and that's been the difference along with our defense, which I would put up against anybody," Codd said.

Quick hits

Northeast got two touchdown passes from C.J. Spoon to Wilson Russell in its rout over Queen Anne's (2-2) to improve to 4-0 for the first time since 1988. ... Anthony Hawkins, 6 feet 3, was not the primary receiver on quarterback Fred Steinmark's game-winning two-point conversion pass that lifted Broadneck over Old Mill (3-1). "Our right slot [Tommy O'Neill] was the primary receiver on a short out to the corner, but Hawkins was more open [behind O'Neill] and he just jumped over everybody," Steinmark said. ... Glen Burnie quarterback Keith Williams, the county's leading scorer with 10 touchdowns, was held scoreless in a 27-7 loss to Meade (3-1), as the Gophers (2-2) lost their second in a row. ... Baseball scouts have watched Williams, a pro prospect as an outfielder, play football this fall to see more of his athleticism and intensity. ... The woes continue for Arundel football coach Chuck Markiewicz. He left North County to coach his alma mater Wildcats, who are 0-4. ... No. 4 Annapolis (3-1) went to 21-1 lifetime against Chesapeake (2-2) with its 17th win a row over the Cougars, 34-14.

Sideliners

Lean O'Brien-Amico, a three-time All-American softball outfielder from Arizona and member of the USA Gold Medal team in Sydney, Australia, will conduct two clinics on Oct. 12 (6 and 8 p.m.) at Frozen Ropes in Glen Burnie, and a high school player evaluation on Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. For more information, call 410-590-1711. ... The first Baltimore Catholic League Basketball Preseason Showcase is set for today at Archbishop Spalding, with the junior all-stars playing at 1:30 p.m. followed by the seniors at 2:45. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students. ... The county's big volleyball showdown is set for Thursday, as No. 6 Broadneck (5-1) plays at No. 1 Severna Park (7-0) at 5:15 p.m.

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