Elko-led rally boosts Arundel

QB passes for 221 yards, rushes for 113 as Wildcats improve to 7-0

No. 4 Arundel 24 Severna Park 14

Football

October 23, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun reporter

Severna Park had No. 4 Arundel on the ropes last night but couldn't finish off the host Wildcats.

The hard-nosed, unranked Falcons were foiled by multitalented Wildcats senior Nick Elko.

Elko, the quarterback who also runs, punts, kicks off and kicks extra points and field goals, did all those things last night to lead Arundel to a 24-14 victory.

Severna Park led 7-0 at the half and 14-7 with 4:21 left in the third quarter on two touchdown passes by Pat Morrison before Elko led Arundel's comeback.

Falcons senior linebacker Sean Price was all over the field in shutting down Elko through nearly three quarters, but he didn't get a lot of help late.

"Their defense was playing pretty good and did some things that we had to adjust to," said Elko, who has thrown 23 touchdown passes this season.

"We finally did in the second half. They definitely had us in the beginning. They had to run me a lot today. I give a lot of credit to my `O' line."

Elko completed 21 of 34 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns and carried 22 times for 113 yards, including a 6-yard touchdown in the third quarter. He also iced the game with a 25-yard field goal with 6:25 remaining.

"Nick took charge ... and defensively we played well against a good football team," Arundel coach Chuck Markiewicz said.

Mike Iayang had eight tackles, including three for losses and two sacks, to lead the Wildcats defense. John Holland and Brandon Johnson-Farrell each had an interception.

Johnson-Farrell also had eight receptions for 136 yards, including a 25-yard scoring pass from Elko to help Arundel take a 21-14 lead in the fourth quarter.

Arundel improved to 7-0 for the first time since 1995, when Bill Zucco coached the team to a 10-0 regular season. The Wildcats lead the Anne Arundel County standings and Class 4A East and will host a huge matchup Friday night against No. 6 Old Mill (6-1) in a game that could decide the top seed in the region.

Severna Park (4-3) will have to win the rest of its games to have any shot at a 4A East playoff berth.

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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