Sanders, Severna Park advance to 3A East final

Cornerback helps keep Edgewood rushers in check as Falcons roll

Severna Park 28 Edgewood 0


November 19, 2006|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun reporter

Severna Park scored in every quarter and routed undermanned Edgewood, 28-0, yesterday in a Class 3A East semifinal, setting up a regional final rematch with top-ranked River Hill.

Senior two-way back Brent Sanders led the host Falcons (9-2) on both sides of the ball against Edgewood, which was outnumbered in players, 54-26.

The Falcons earned a trip to River Hill on Friday night at 7. River Hill (11-0) defeated North Harford, 27-7, on Friday night.

Severna Park lost to the Hawks, 34-28, in last year's regional final.

Yesterday, Edgewood's pair of 1,000-yard rushers - Quentin Bell and Manny Washington - came in with 26 rushing touchdowns between them and were held scoreless.

Bell and Washington were limited to 70 and 42 yards rushing, respectively, by Sanders and the rest of the defense.

Bell gained 49 of his yards late in the final quarter.

"Brent played really, really well, blocking, running and defense," Falcons coach J.P. Hines said of his senior cornerback, who also had 49 of the team's 182 rushing yards, compared with only 125 by the Rams (8-3).

Hines also praised defensive ends Mark Hepburn and Tambua Bradford, defensive back Tommy Bryant and linebacker Porter Johnson.

Junior Kavonta Harried led the Falcons with touchdown runs of 7 and 9 yards on six carries for 98 yards. Starting quarterback Pat Morrison had a 1-yard scoring plunge, and his backup, J.R. Diggs, threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Pat Mercer.

"Getting the shutout means a whole lot after losing 41-0 to Broadneck last week," Sanders said. "We came back and showed people that we haven't given up. We're still here to play."'

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