Gibbons handed first loss by Severn

Peters scores two TDs as Admirals win, 21-10


High Schools

October 19, 2003|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders had used the recipe for a school-tying six straight wins to open their season: Run the ball effectively and come up big on defense when called upon.

Yesterday at Severn, the host Admirals put it to use against them, getting 136 yards and two touchdowns from junior tailback Deon Peters and solid defense to come away with a 21-10 win.

Severn (4-3) rebounded from last week's loss to Archbishop Curley to improve to 2-1 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference. Gibbons, looking for the program's first 7-0 start, dropped to 6-1 and 1-1 in the conference.

"We came up big when we needed to, worked hard all week in practice and I think we really deserved this win," Severn senior defensive end Patrick O'Connell said.

The Severn offense did its damage in the first half, putting together three scoring drives to build a 21-3 halftime lead, and then its defense, which already showed its worth in that first half, buckled down when needed in the end.

Peters was key in all the first-half success, scoring touchdowns from the 1 and 6 before catching a crucial 33-yard reception from quarterback Jamal Jones on the Admirals' third scoring drive. Jones, who missed last week's game with an injured thumb, later found Darren Smith on an 18-yard touchdown pass for a 21-3 lead with 8:39 left in the half.

"I think our offensive line did a great job blocking for me and they depend on me to carry the load. This is a really big win for us," Peters said.

The goal for the Admirals defense was to slow down Gibbons running back Antwarn Jones, who finished with 114 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries.

When he completed a 13-play, 51-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run with 10:33 left in the game, the Crusaders found hope trailing, 21-10.

O'Connell ended that on Gibbons' next series, batting away quarterback Bobby Mallory's pass at the line of scrimmage on a fourth-and-5 at the Admirals' 12 with 3:42 left.

"We had everybody around the ball all game - all 11 men - and that's what you need to get a win out there," said O'Connell, who finished with eight tackles, two sacks and the batted ball. "They have speed all over the field and we didn't let them get outside. We kept the ball inside where we had everybody to make the stops."

Gibbons first-year coach Donald Davis took the team's first loss tough and put it on his shoulders.

"I coached terrible and let my kids down," he said. "I didn't get them as ready as they needed to be coming into hostile territory. My kids are young and they're not used to being in this situation and I let them down. I owe my kids."

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