Severna Park trims Old Mill down to size

SIDELINES

High Schools

October 06, 2002|By Pat O'Malley

Few people thought that Severna Park's football team could go to Old Mill on Friday night and leave with a victory.

But the unranked Falcons (4-1) pulled a 12-6 upset of the 11th-ranked Patriots (3-2). A small but hard-hitting and speedy defense sparked the impressive victory.

"We're not big, and that was a concern of mine because we're fast, but we're not big," said Severna Park coach J.P. Hines, whose team was 1-9 a year ago.

"As a whole group defensively, they played terrific. The kids play together and they've got great team unity."

Old Mill had a distinct size advantage on the Falcons, but that failed to make a difference.

Check the size of the Severna Park linebackers: senior Rob Turnblacer is 6 feet, 175 pounds; sophomore Andrew Ferris is 5-10, 155; and sophomore Dan White (who also plays cornerback) is 6-0, 160.

Defensive tackle Chris Choe, who had one of the Falcons' two sacks, is 5-6, 165. Rob Dooley, who had the other sack of Old Mill quarterback Tyler Young, is 5-11, 210.

Dooley is one of only 12 Falcons who are 200 pounds or heavier on their 39-man roster. Their largest players are 230 pounds, and they have two in two-way linemen Matt Lacher and Matt Omerza.

By comparison, Old Mill has 20 players who are 200 pounds or heavier on their 47-man squad, including a pair at 290 pounds in defensive linemen Ronny Ergott and Anthony Bryant. The Patriots also have a 270-pound defensive lineman in William Bell, two others at 260 and a total of 12 at 230 or heavier.

"Our defense really stepped up," said Severna Park's workhorse running back, Jeff Hoffman, who rushed for 111 yards on 25 carries.

"To hold a team with their size to six points is amazing. Their offensive line is huge and their running back is great."

Old Mill's running back is senior Brashaad Mayweather. He ran for 200 yards but scored only once, which is a credit to the Falcons' defense.

Mayweather cracked 1,000 yards at the halfway mark of the season and now has 1,057 yards and 15 touchdowns on 123 carries.

The Falcons' offense took a 12-0 lead on a pair of 8-yard touchdown runs by Mike Miller and didn't turn the ball over.

And in the last five minutes, Severna Park was bold enough to put the ball in the air instead of sitting on it as many teams would have done.

Twice quarterback David Horn converted on third down by completing passes to Dean Samuals for 28 yards and Norman Gee for 15. After that, the running of Hoffman ran out the clock.

"We took some chances at the end by running some passes to keep the ball, and it worked out pretty nice," said Hines, who holds the distinction of coaching the best and worse teams in Severna Park history. He coached the 1999 team that tied the '87 team of coach Andy Borland for most wins (10-2) and last year's 1-9 team.

Broken records

Led by Nick Bowen, the Chesapeake single wing offense rolled up a county rushing-record 577 yards in a 53-20 romp over South River (1-4). The Cougars' 577 yards broke the record 490 Annapolis compiled last year in a 46-6 rout of Northeast.

Bowen broke his own school single-game record for rushing with 303 yards on 25 carries. His previous record was 289 against Northeast last year.

In becoming the ninth county back to run for 300 yards, Bowen also scored three touchdowns to give him 33 for his career. That ties the school record set by Brandon Steinheim (1990-92).

Bowen has 749 yards rushing this season and 2,887 in his career, 88 shy of Steinheim's school career mark of 2,975.

Sideliners

The volleyball game between No. 5 Arundel (7-0) and No. 9 Severna Park (5-3) has been moved to Broadneck at 6:15 p.m. Severna Park's floor is being re-done. ... Severna Park is coming off a dramatic victory, 12-15, 15-9, 14-16, 15-13, 16-14, over No. 7 Broadneck (5-2). "We lost a little bit of intensity, and we don't play well when we are not intense enough on ourselves," said Broadneck 6-2 hitter Cristin Van Dyke. "It was a great game." ... Van Dyke led Broadneck to the Gwynn Park Invitational title with best-of-three wins over Arundel and No. 8 Centennial before the showdown with Severna Park. ... Roy Brown, football coach at No. 5 Annapolis (5-0), can become the county's seventh coach to reach 100 career wins when his Panthers play host to North County (0-5) on Friday night. Brown would be the second from Annapolis to accomplish the feat. The late Al Laramore is the county's all-time winningest coach at 156-68-2 (.690) in 23 seasons at Annapolis. ... While offensive standouts Daniel Bulls and Wijy Jones grab the headlines for Old Mill's 7-1-2 boys soccer team, the nonstop hustle and defense by Andrew Appelbaum has also been vital to their success.

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