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Severna Park collects 200th victory over Owls


The 200th football victory in Severna Park High history will not go down as one of the more memorable ones.

The Falcons hooked up with Westminster in a mistake-marred game at Westminster last night and came away with a 32-14 victory behind the running of Jihad Morris and the defensive play of sophomore linebacker Bob Connor.

Morris ran for three touchdowns, and Connor recovered two fumbles, intercepted a pass and batted down a pass.

Connor turned his first fumble recovery into a touchdown in the first quarter, forcing Westminster quarterback Billy Mays to fumble on a pitchout attempt and returning the ball 22 yards for a score.

The Connor touchdown gave Severna Park (1-1) a 18-7 lead midway through the first quarter and the Owls (1-1) were never really in the game again.

When the Severna Park lead grew to 25-7 with two minutes left in the first quarter, Falcons' coach Andy Borland began to substitute players liberally in the second quarter.

Borland received a water dousing by his players after the game in celebration of No. 200.

He called it a "a great win for our school. Our kids were really excited. We have 10 sophomores on the team and I played eight of them a lot. We just might jump up and bite some people before the year is over."

The Falcons had been ranked No. 11 in the preseason Baltimore Sun but fell out of the poll after losing their opener to Northern of Calvert County last week.

It was also a milestone evening for Borland who won the 129th game of his career at Severna Park, tying him for third on the all-time Anne Arundel County list with Jerry Mears (129-68-2) who coached at Arundel and Meade. Borland is 129-96 since 1973.

Former Annapolis coach Al Laramore is No. 1 with 156 wins and Joe Papetti is second at 154.

One of Morris' three touchdowns was a beauty, coming in the opening minute of the fourth quarter when he broke outside for a 68-yard run down the right sideline.

The senior tailback also scored on two touchdown runs in the first quarter. Morris was joined in the offensive show by senior running back Craig Cohen who scored the first touchdown for Severna Park on a 5-yard run.

Cohen gave the visitors a 6-0 lead after Morris had carried the ball 20 yards to the 5 after a short Westminster punt.

Westminster reduced the Severna Park lead to 25-14 with 22 seconds left in the third quarter on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Mays to Novell Washington. But Morris answered quickly with the long touchdown run.

Westminster coach Tim Ebersole said: "We settled in defensively in the second half and grew up a lot. But they just made too many big plays for touchdowns in the first half."

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