Cosh, Arundel top Severna Park

class 4a east final

November 22, 2008|By Todd Karpovich | Todd Karpovich,Special to The Baltimore Sun

After losing to No. 5 Arundel and its aerial attack by almost 20 points in the regular season, No. 13 Severna Park used a zone defense and at times rushed only one player in last night's Class 4A East regional final against the Wildcats.

The strategy worked for parts of the game, but host Arundel made enough plays on both sides of the ball to come away with a 42-20 victory. Arundel plays the winner of C.H. Flowers and Wise, which is today at 1 p.m., in the state semifinals.

"They had a very good game plan," Arundel coach Chuck Markiewicz said. "It was something we have not seen. We're happy. We're going to try and go on a couple of one-game winning streaks."

The Wildcats (11-1) are looking to get back in the state championship game for the second consecutive year and possibly win their first title since 1975.

Arundel quarterback Billy Cosh completed 17 of 33 passes for 239 yards, threw for three touchdowns and ran for one. Cosh has thrown 51 touchdown passes this season, a Maryland public high school record.

"I want to keep winning. I love playing football," Cosh said. "The defense played well today. The offensive line did its job. It was a great team effort."

Alec Lemon had touchdowns on offense and defense, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries for Arundel. The Wildcats' Sean Fitzgerald had touchdown receptions of 17 and 24 yards. Sam Jones completed 14 of 30 passes for 240 yards with two touchdowns for Severna Park (8-4).

The Wildcats opened the game with an eight-play, 49-yard drive that took only 1:50 and ended with a 1-yard touchdown run by Cosh.

"You got to have your head in the game and know what is going on at all times," Severna Park coach J.P. Hines said. "And we didn't do that."

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