Severna Park puts away Annapolis, 16-0


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Once again discipline on both sides of the football carried Severna Park in Anne Arundel County League football.

Last night in a steady rain in Severna Park, the Falcons defeated Annapolis, 16-0, in the county's oldest rivalry, playing for the 47th time in 46 years. Severna Park closed the gap in the series to 23-21-3.

Led by linebackers Dave Horn and Mark Otto, the Falcons held No. 15 Annapolis (4-1, 5-2) to 26 yards rushing in the final period, while their offense, led by Greg Zingler, committed only one turnover and scored two touchdowns in the last period.

A 31-yard field goal by Steve Pecevich in the second period was the only score until Zingler, whose well-placed punts kept the Panthers bottled up, ran for one touchdown and passed for another in the final 4:14 of the game.

The win puts the No. 13 Falcons (6-1, 5-0) in first place alone for the first time since 1999.

"Greg Zingler punted [well] tonight, and one thing we constantly emphasize is discipline and they make promises every Thursday night at their team dinner," said J.P. Hines, the Falcons' eighth-year coach.

The Falcons shut down Damien Kinchen and Erol Silva, holding them to 102 yards rushing. Tommy Bryant had an interception, Lewis Spadaro and Uriel Duncan fumble recoveries.

"We knew we had to take 16 [Silva] and 26 [Kinchen], and we got that done and they couldn't pass on us," Otto said.

Horn said the Falcons had a good idea "what plays they would run out of certain formations and anticipate where the ball was going."

Duncan's fumble recovery came with 7 minutes left in the game at the Annapolis 18. Five plays later, Zingler scored from the 2 to make it 10-0.

After Annapolis punted with 2:08 left to its 31, Zingler stunned the crowd with a 31-yard touchdown pass down the left sideline to Chris Hunt to seal it with 2:02 left.

"Coach [Robert] Harris [defensive coordinator] actually called the play, wanted to put them away and take the pressure off our defense," Zingler said.

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