In opener, Joppatowne takes down John Carroll

Defending Class 1A champ gets 28-18 win

Navarre makes key defensive play

High Schools

Football

September 04, 2004|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Augie Waibel's Poly teams won for years by running the ball, controlling the clock and making the necessary important plays. Joppatowne coach Bill Waibel earned his first victory last night as the host Mariners turned in an effort that his father would have loved.

Quarterback Anthony Preston ran for 163 yards and two touchdowns. Joe Ivory added 148 yards plus two scores and a blocked extra point. And Jeremy Navarre made a key fourth-quarter defensive stop that helped No. 10 Joppatowne pull out a 28-18 victory over No. 14 John Carroll in the opener for both teams.

Joppatowne, the defending Class 1A state champion, ran for 329 yards and only threw on one extra-point attempt. John Carroll couldn't stop a Mariners' offense that often used a three-back set and kept making an impact by rarely doing anything fancy.

"That's what we think we do fairly well, running the football," Waibel said. "We're a very basic football team, [but] we made some big plays."

The Mariners punted only once as the Patriots -- last year's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association C Conference champion -- couldn't stop the running attack.

Preston kept making key plays throughout, the most impressive being a 56-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter. He started the play by rolling to the left sideline, stopping and quickly cutting back all the way across the field for the touchdown.

Preston and Ivory proved too much for a John Carroll team that wouldn't quit. Ivory scored on a 14-yard run on the game's first drive while Preston added a 1-yard touchdown run on the next possession. Ezra Ancrum then ran for the two-point conversion and a 14-0 lead with 3:08 left in the first quarter.

The Mariners shut down the John Carroll offense in the first quarter before the Patriots began using more misdirection plays to stretch the defense. Running back Dane Frank began making big runs and finished with a game-high 184 yards and one touchdown.

Frank scored on a 10-yard run 73 seconds into the second quarter to cut the Joppatowne lead to 14-6. Ivory then blocked the extra-point kick.

Preston's 56-yard touchdown run made it 20-6 on the fourth play of the second half. The Patriots cut it to 20-12 when quarterback Bryan Wolfe scored from a yard out with 2:57 left in the third quarter.

John Carroll then recovered a Joppatowne fumble on the next possession and drove 62 yards on seven plays, scoring when James Levendusky ran in from 12 yards with 5:49 left in the game. Maryland-bound defensive end Jeremy Navarre then made a key defensive play.

After John Carroll was hit with two penalties and had to run the conversion attempt from the 13-yard line, Navarre grabbed Wolfe and helped pull him down to let the Mariners keep the lead.

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