ANNAPOLIS -- Unranked Annapolis High scored a pair of touchdowns in both the first and fourth quarters last night en route to a 26-6 victory over No. 20 Glen Burnie in an Anne Arundel County Region IV Class 4A game.
The Panthers (4-4), who were stunned by the Gophers last year, 11-0, intercepted six passes, one of which Ahmed Middleton returned 101 yards for a touchdown. Middleton intercepted three on the night, teammate Eric Tooles picked off two and fellow defensive back Darryl Foote had the other.
Glen Burnie (6-2), which was riding a six game winning streak, came to Annapolis with hopes of spoiling the Panthers' homecoming but was met by an Annapolis squad that hadn't forgotten last year's loss.
"Our offense is really coming of age," said Annapolis second-year coach Roy Brown. "That was the best game we've played all year, both offensively and defensively."
The Panthers got on the scoreboard on their first possession, when Middleton plunged into end zone from 1 yard out to cap a six-play, 68-yard drive.
Annapolis padded the lead to 13-0 with 2 minutes, 39 seconds to go in the first quarter when junior Mario Dominick ran off tackle for a 15-yard touchdown.
Annapolis had a chance to go up by three touchdowns in the waning minutes of the second quarter but squandered a first-and-goal opportunity at the Gophers 8.
"Our defense stuffed them. We had our chances but we couldn't pull it off," said Glen Burnie coach David Rigot. "Everything they did went right, and everything we did went wrong."
One thing that went right for the visitors was an onside kick that gave the Gophers the ball at midfield with four minutes remaining. Three plays later, however, a pass by Glen Burnie quarterback Carlton Ash was intercepted by Tooles.