Perry Hall surges past Parkville

Gators prevail, 14-10, in 4A North semifinal


November 18, 2006|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Perry Hall quarterback Jason Mattison said he never doubted that his team would prevail in last night's Class 4A North regional football semifinal against Parkville.

He may have been the only one.

After getting pushed around for much of the game, the host No. 11 Gators finally cut loose in the fourth quarter, mounting back-to-back touchdown drives and taking the lead for good on Mattison's 6-yard keeper up the middle with 3:21 left in a 14-10 win.

"I know my team, and I know we have a lot of heart to come from behind," said Mattison, who scored both of his team's touchdowns. "We found what we need to find, then we came out and put it to them."

Perry Hall (10-1) will next host Friday's regional final against No. 3 seed Sherwood, a winner over No. 2 seed Thomas Johnson in last night's other semifinal.

For most of the night, however, that seemed like a long shot.

Parkville (8-3) won the battle on the line throughout the first half, helping the Knights dominate ball control as running back Russell Winborn gained large chunks of yardage. The Knights took the lead when, four plays after Winborn's 27-yard run, Carlo Bianchi plunged through a hole on the right side 2:41 before halftime.

With Parkville leading 10-0 after Mike Gagne's 24-yard field goal midway through the third quarter, however, the momentum began to shift noticeably.

"I think we came out complacent, knowing that we'd beaten them the last few times in a row," Perry Hall coach Nick Arminio said. "By the latter half of the third quarter, we developed a sense of urgency."

After gaining just 86 yards of offense by late in the third quarter, the Gators began to rally, with Mattison frequently hitting tight end Dave Stinebaugh during drives of 53 and 58 yards, both ending in fourth-quarter scoring runs by the quarterback.

"We came and played our game, but we made some mistakes in the second half that we couldn't overcome," Parkville coach John Marquette said. "In a playoff game, that can't happen."

Class 4A East

No. 7 Broadneck 36, South River 13 -- Junior Tony Baker (20 carries, 66 yards) scored on runs of 10 and 4 yards to lead the Bruins (10-1) over the visiting Seahawks (6-5) in a Class 4A East regional semifinal. J.J. Hicks put the game out of reach, running back an interception 51 yards. Broadneck advanced to Friday's regional final at 6:30, when they will host Old Mill.

Class 2A North

No. 10 Hereford 28, Eastern Tech 0 -- Running back Nick Narango had just five carries for 10 yards but scored two touchdowns to help lift the Bulls (10-1) to victory in their Class 2A North regional semifinal. Hereford's defense, led by linebacker Jon Pugh, forced the visiting Mavericks (8-3) to commit five turnovers (four fumbles, one interception).

Class 1A North

Havre de Grace 51, Catoctin 50 -- Quarterback Josh Appold completed 21 of 38 passes for 339 yards and four touchdowns, leading the visiting Warriors (7-4) to victory in the Class 1A North regional semifinal. The 101-point total was the highest ever for a regulation Maryland state playoff game. Robert Groft scored four touchdowns as the Cougars (7-4) amassed 415 rushing yards in a losing effort.

Staff reports contributed to this article.

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