ANNAPOLIS -- After dropping its first two games to teams from Prince George's and Baltimore counties, No. 16 Annapolis was victorious last night in its Anne Arundel 4A football opener.
The host Panthers (1-2) scored in the fourth quarter for a 7-3 victory over No. 17 Arundel.
"We both made our share of mistakes, but they [Panthers] capitalized on ours," said Arundel coach Buddy Hepfer, whose team led, 3-0, at the half. "That was the difference in the ballgame."
Arundel scored on its first possession -- a 26-yard field goal by Rodney Stevens.
A collision between Annapolis quarterback Darryl Foote and a member of his backfield late in the first quarter resulted in a turnover, but Arundel failed to take advantage of the opportunity.
Early in the third quarter, Annapolis gained possession at the Arundel 19 after a Wildcats punt snap went astray, but missed four straight passing attempts.
The Panthers scored with 7 minutes, 47 seconds remaining when Foote connected with Carlos Evans from 11 yards out.
"Arundel has a great defense, and we do as well, so I knew it was going to be a tight game," said Annapolis coach Roy Brown. "They have two great backs [Stevens and Matt Henson], so I have to be proud of the way our defense kept them out of the end zone."