Annapolis upsets Sev. Park in OT

Silva's fourth-down run for touchdown caps win over No. 11 Falcons, 13-7

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September 18, 2004|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

In the end, some big-sized adversity fueled unranked Annapolis as the host Panthers outlasted No. 11 Severna Park, 13-7, in overtime in an Anne Arundel County football game at Al Laramore Field.

With the victory, Annapolis now leads Anne Arundel County's oldest football rivalry 23-20-3 in 45 years (they also had a playoff game in 1987).

The true meaning of "refuse to lose" was never more evident as the Panthers, 3-7 a year ago, prevailed to go to 3-0 under first-year coach Brian Brown.

Annapolis lost six fumbles, overcame three personal fouls that put the Falcons (2-1) on the Panthers' 10-yard line with 2:20 left but survived a missed field-goal attempt from the 23 that would have ended the game in regulation.

Errol Silva's 13-yard touchdown run and the extra point by Clifton Green with 6:03 remaining tied the game 7-7. Silva then scored on a 3-yard run on fourth down on the first possession of overtime, but the Panthers missed the extra point. No problem.

Willie McCurdy batted away a Greg Zingler pass on second down and senior linebacker Andrew Thomas, who had a solid game, picked off a pass to end it.

"It was payback from last year," said Thomas, who, with the other seniors on this year's team, suffered through a 21-0 loss to the Falcons last season in the latter's first win over the Panthers since 1997.

"Their quarterback is a great athlete but always looks one way and we picked that up, and I was right there," said Thomas, who praised the play of senior defensive back Eric Holland, who held Falcons wide receiver Ben Hunt to two receptions and no scores. Hunt had hooked up with Zingler on four touchdowns in their first two wins.

"And Errol Silva ran hard," Thomas said.

Silva's game-tying score capped a 12-play, 75-yard drive to force the extra session. And on the game-winner in overtime, he carried several Falcons into the end zone with him.

"I was going in all the way," said Silva. "They weren't going to stop me. It seemed like two or three minutes before I heard it was a TD. It was the greatest feeling in the world."

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