Mark Frye's 250 yards (179 in kick returns, 71 rushing) of all-purpose offense and two touchdowns led No. 13 Severna Park (8-2) to a 33-13 romp over Annapolis (5-5) and returned the Falcons to the state 4A playoffs for the first time since 1990.
In the renewal of Anne Arundel County's oldest football rivalry, the 36th meeting in 35 years, the host Falcons closed the gap in the series. Annapolis leads at 17-16-3 but Severna Park has taken seven of the last nine meetings.
For Severna Park it was the 199th win in school history, the last 128 under coach Andy Borland and the first 71 under the late George Roberts, the only football coaches the school has had.
That aside, this is a special team to Borland who said before the season it was "the smallest team we've ever had."
"I feel really good about this team because nobody expected us to do anything like making the playoffs, not even our staff," said Borland, who is in his 22nd season as head coach and watched as his players threw up their helmets and proclaimed they were going to Disney World.
"We thought we were too small and too inexperienced in too many places, but these kids made believers out of us. We have a great group of seniors like Mark Frye, Ryan Moore, Jermond Davenport, etc."
Annapolis coach Roy Brown said before the game Frye is "the best I've seen this year." The 6-foot, 180-pound senior lived up to expectations.
A 25-yard punt return to the Annapolis 41 by Frye set up the first score late in the first period. Three plays later Frye scampered 11 yards to the Panther 14 where Jermond Davenport took it in and Mike Ensor kicked the extra point.
Annapolis answered with a 21-yard kick return by Marty Sellers to the 32 and the visitors drove 68 yards in 11 plays with quarterback Orlando Downs' 6-yard run and dive into the end zone. Daniel Edwards kick tied the game at 7 with 7:33 left in the half.
The Panthers then made the mistake of kicking off to Frye, who shot up the middle and then cut to his left taking the ball 84 yards down the sideline to score.
After forcing a punt, the Falcons marched 76 yards in 10 plays with Frye (11-for-71 rushing) getting 55 of the yards to set up a Bill Erskine touchdown pass. Kevin Grizzle somehow got both feet in bounds in the front right corner as he gathered in the perfectly thrown 13-yard pass from Erskine to make it 20-7.
Early in the second half, Frye took a Downs punt 62 yards to another touchdown, his 19th of the season. Frye appeared to be caught in traffic around midfield, only to break out and head down the Annapolis sideline.
Downs was the last man near the 20 and Frye juked him.
Jihad Morris scored the Falcons' final touchdown on 26-yard run in the fourth period, and Annapolis capped the scoring on a 30 touchdown run by Roland Fowlkes.
Severna Park finished with 241 yards rushing to 218 by the Panthers and the Falcons held the edge in total offense with 281 yards to 232.