Chesapeake frustrated in rare bid to start 3-0


High Schools

September 22, 2002|By PAT O'MALLEY

Severna Park's football team scored just one touchdown Friday night, but that's all the Falcons needed to thwart Chesapeake's hopes of starting 3-0.

Junior linebacker Alex Kin led the defense and senior quarterback David Horn passed for the game's only touchdown as Severna Park edged Chesapeake, 7-0. In the process, the Cougars' shot at winning its first three games for the first time since 1988 was denied.

The 1988 team was the first for current coach Tom Kraning. It finished that season 5-5.

Chesapeake's record for fast starts is 4-0, set in 1987, but that team lost its last six games under Denis Schanberger. In fact, the Cougars have had only one winning season in 26 years; they finished 6-4 under Schanberger in 1985.

The Cougars went into Friday night's game with high hopes after shutting out North County and Meade, but the Falcons (2-1) scored on the game's initial drive and held on.

Severna Park marched 69 yards in seven plays after the opening kickoff, with Horn's 24-yard pass to Dean Samuals capping the drive. Andrew Bremer's extra-point kick made it 7-0, and that was the end of the scoring.

Kin's 12 tackles led a Falcons defense that shut down the Cougars' single-wing offense, led by Nick Bowen and Lenny Hall. Severna Park held the home team to 150 yards rushing, and, when the Cougars tried to pass, the Falcons' pressure forced seven sacks and held the offense to 30 yards through the air.

"Severna Park's defensive line gave our young offensive line fits, and we're struggling there," Kraning said.

"And it seemed every time we made a play and got motivated and got rolling, there was a yellow flag on the ground. Of course, watching the tape doesn't show it all, so I can't argue with the officials. It was a frustrating night all around."

Chesapeake will visit No. 6 Annapolis (3-0) next week. The Cougars have lost 17 in a row to the Panthers.

Annapolis sets record

Demario Harris and Demario Green combined for 328 rushing yards as Annapolis (3-0) rolled up a county-record 486 yards in a 35-13 romp over Glen Burnie (0-3). The Panthers broke their own county record of 485, set against North County in 1999.


Nick Bowen, Chesapeake's senior running back, has 29 career touchdowns. He is four shy of the school record set by Brandon Steinheim (1990-92). ... Meade junior cornerback Wayne Turner tied the county record for interceptions (four) in a game in the Mustangs' 56-6 rout of North County. Ahmed Middleton of Annapolis set the record in 1990. ... Severna Park's No. 7 boys soccer team humbled Southern, 10-1, on Friday, with six Falcons scoring. ... After a lackluster 2-0 loss to No. 5 Archbishop Spalding, the No. 6 South River boys soccer team (4-1-1) tied No. 3 Calvert Hall, 1-1, in double overtime, won, 1-0, at Chesapeake in double overtime and downed a very good Arundel (4-2) by 4-0 Friday. ... Melissa Golob served 14 straight points in No. 8 Broadneck's volleyball victory (15-0, 15-7, 15-0) over North County. Golob was 24-for-25 serving, with seven aces, three digs and one kill. ... Amanda Hernandez had 23 assists to pace No. 6 Arundel (3-0) to a 15-5, 15-4 and 15-5 sweep of South River (1-1). ... With only three matches left, Severna Park's golf team leads the county standings by five points over Northeast.

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