St. Frances' football team scored the final 30 points in a 52-31 victory at Severn on Saturday afternoon to take sole possession of first place in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association C Conference.
Brett Bedard's 8-yard touchdown run gave Severn (5-2, 2-1 conference) a 31-22 lead late in the third quarter, before the Panthers (6-0, 2-0 conference) took off.
Maurice Williams scored on a 9-yard run, Mark Velasquez scored twice — on a 39-yard run set up by Mike Bell's interception and an 80-yard run — and the Panthers added two more with a safety. Williams finished it off with a 22-yard scoring run.
"We haven't yet put it together in terms of four quarters of football," St. Frances coach Messay Hallermarian said, "but we're extremely explosive. Against Coolidge, we were down 21-20 at the beginning of the fourth quarter and we ended up winning 62-27. I told them as long as we stay fundamentally sound and we keep playing, fortunately we can really explode at any time."
In a rematch of last year's C Conference title game, the defending champion Panthers' trio of running backs carried much of the offensive load. Velasquez ran for 185 yards on eight carries and three touchdowns, Williams had 110 yards on 12 carries with two touchdowns and Bell had 181 yards on 13 carries with two touchdowns.
The Panthers average 55.1 points per game and are winning by an average of 40.5 points. Hallermarian, who had 57 freshmen come out for the team, said St. Frances officials have requested to move to the A Conference next season.