Lemon carries Wildcats in rout

class 4a east semifinal

November 15, 2008|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to the Baltimore Sun

It seemed like everyone wanted to talk to Arundel's Alec Lemon after last night's Class 4A East regional playoff game against visiting North County. One kid asked Lemon to sign a football, another just wanted to say hello, while some adults conveyed their best wishes.

The game Lemon had will usually draw a crowd. The senior finished with 306 all-purpose yards and scored four touchdowns - two on pass catches, one on an interception and another on the game's opening kickoff to help No. 6 Arundel to a 49-15 victory over No. 10 North County.

Arundel (10-1) will host Severna Park in next week's Class 4A East region final. The Falcons upset No. 5 Old Mill, 28-21, last night.

Lemon got off to a good start, returning the opening kickoff for an 85-yard touchdown, and never looked back. He caught nine passes for 181 yards (including touchdowns of 42 and 22 yards) and then added 125 yards in punt and kick returns. He also picked off two passes, the second of which he returned through the deep fog for a 38-yard touchdown in the third quarter, giving the Wildcats a 35-7 lead.

"He's just a good player," Arundel coach Chuck Markiewicz said. "He does everything we ask him to do, and he does it well."

The Syracuse-bound Lemon said this wasn't just a one-person show.

"It wasn't just me; it was the whole team," Lemon said. "Everyone was in the right spots."

Lemon combined with quarterback Billy Cosh to overwhelm North County (8-3). Cosh completed 26 of 38 for 402 yards and five touchdowns. He hastossed 48 touchdowns this season, setting a record for state public schools.

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