Sev. Park stymies N. Harford

Football

High schools

November 20, 2005|By PAT O'MALLEY | PAT O'MALLEY,SUN REPORTER

The yardage numbers didn't tell the story in host Severna Park's 21-0 victory over North Harford in a Class 3A East regional semifinal yesterday.

Severna Park had 235 yards of total offense, while the visiting Hawks had 231. Making their third straight postseason appearance, the Falcons held the decided edge in passing yardage, 144-47, while North Harford held the edge in rushing, 184-91.

But Severna Park scored twice on big plays and mounted a 14-play, 80-yard scoring drive, while its defense staved off two scoring threats by the Hawks (8-3) and forced three turnovers.

Top-seeded and No. 8-ranked Severna Park (10-1) will host No. 9 River Hill (10-1) Saturday at 1 p.m. for the regional title.

The Falcons struck first yesterday on an 85-yard touchdown pass from Greg Zingler to Chris Hunt for a 7-0 lead after the extra-point kick by Steve Pecevich.

"We had been running it and their defense was pressing up a little bit on first down, and Chris, with his athletic ability, scooted past their corner and I was able to get it to him," said Zingler, whose pass caught Hunt in stride.

Three pass completions by quarterback Dan Griffin along with the running of Dean Thrasher and Bryan Woolson took the Hawks 69 yards in 12 plays to the Falcons 1 with time running out in the first half.

The half ended, however, with a delay-of-game penalty on the Hawks, who snapped the ball before the referees gave the signal in an attempt to get off one last play.

After North Harford received the second-half kickoff, Griffin threw a third-down pass that was picked off by Joe Farrell and returned 26 yards for a touchdown.

Tommy Bryant recovered a Hawks fumble at the Falcons' 20. Zingler then directed the 80-yard drive, capped by Tommy Massie's 3-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter.

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