At Arundel, Falcons will see how far they've come


The Severna Park football team continues to play well heading into a key matchup with No. 4 Arundel on Friday.

"The Falcons are on a roll," Severna Park coach J.P. Hines said after his team defeated South River, 20-7, Friday.

The Falcons (4-2) outgained the Seahawks in rushing yards, 276-6, with Brandon Noone accounting for 171 yards. Overall, Severan Park had 354 yards total offense; South River had 81.

"It was total domination," Hines said. "Although the score was only 20-7, we had some established drives that were unbelievable. We had 17-, 12- and 11-play drives. We didn't do well as we should have in the red zone, but it was otherwise total domination."

Severna Park, which has won four in a row after losing its first two games, is in the hunt for one of the four playoff berths in the Class 4A East region.

The Falcons moved back up to 4A this season after reaching the 3A playoffs four straight years. They could take a major step toward a playoff berth by upsetting Arundel (6-0) Friday night in Gambrills.

The two teams did not play last season. They have contrasting styles with Severna Park running the triple option, and the host Wildcats employing a no-huddle spread offense that averages 37 points per game, nearly double the Falcons' 19.2 average.

Falcons quarterback Pat Morrison has thrown for 657 yards, with four touchdowns and two interceptions. He also has 425 yards rushing and six touchdowns.

Arundel quarterback Nick Elko has thrown for 1,230 yards, 21 touchdowns and three interceptions, while running for 308 yards and four touchdowns. Elko has also kicked two field goals, is 23-for-26 in extra-point attempts and averages 37.7 yards punting.

Severna Park has given up just 10.7 points per game, while Arundel has yielded 17 points per game.

Quick hits

Severna Park's Lia Kasimova finished third at the Meade Stampede in cross country last Friday with a time of 18 minutes, 36.53 seconds. ... St. Mary's Dontra Peters has 1,001 yards rushing for the season after running for 166 yards in a 20-7 win over Cardinal Gibbons in Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference action last week. Peters has 13 touchdowns. ... Southern linebacker Chris Gray had 11 tackles in the Bulldogs' 32-0 rout of Glen Burnie last week.

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