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Severn needs a victory over 6-0 St. Paul's


Severn's chances of winning the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference title outright again are slim, but the Admirals (5-1) have a shot at gaining a share of the title if they upset No. 10 St. Paul's (6-0) tomorrow.

Tomorrow at 3 p.m. is homecoming at Severn and the Admirals are looking for a win over the visiting Crusaders to create a possible three-way tie. Severn is 1-1 in league play while St. Paul's is 2-0 and John Carroll, 1-1.

John Carroll defeated Severn, 35-7, a couple weeks ago but lost to St. Paul's, 13-3.

"We were flat coming off the emotional victory [15-14] over St. Mary's and were missing five starters due to injuries against John Carroll," said Severn coach John Beckman. "But we made a sea of mistakes and it snowballed.

"They scored three touchdowns after we turned it over inside our 20. We can't play like that and expect to win against a very good St. Paul's team."

Severn went 5-0 in MIAA action last year, including a 41-6 romp over St. Paul's. It was the first time in about 10 years that Severn had beaten the Crusaders.

"We will have to control the line and move the ball to keep it away from them," said Beckman. "They're a well-coached, ball-control team. I'm sure some of them will remember last year."

A Severn upset would be huge because the Admirals have a great chance at winning their remaining MIAA games against Archbishop Curley (0-5), Boys' Latin (4-2) and Cardinal Gibbons (2-3).

Dennard Melton leads the Admirals in rushing with 446 yards and six touchdowns and quarterback Willis Wu has thrown for nearly 300 yards and three touchdowns.

Severn is coming off a 33-2 romp over Spalding (1-6), St. Paul's a 41-6 rout of Gibbons.

The big game in county 4A public school action finds Glen Burnie (4-2) visiting Meade (5-1) at 7 tonight.

Glen Burnie lost to unbeaten 4A East Region front-runner Arundel, 29-12, last week and 35-8 to North County two weeks before that.

After winning only one game last year, Meade is the county's most improved team and has its sights on the playoffs for the first time since 1987 under the late Jerry Mears.

Beginning tonight, the Mustangs play three of their last four games at home, including the season finale against Arundel. Meade edged Annapolis, 20-14, last week and has won four in a row since losing to Mervo (4-2) of Baltimore.

The Stangs' Roman Harrison leads the county in rushing with 997 yards and eight touchdowns, and sophomore quarterback Malwan Johnson has passed for over 400 yards and six touchdowns.

Defensively Meade is led by middle linebacker Wilson Rodriguez, who has been averaging 10 tackles a game, and Chris Grayson, who is averaging 37.8 yards a punt.

If Meade can keep it going, the Arundel game could decide the top seed in the 4A East. Glen Burnie took last year's outing, 28-13.

No. 5 Arundel (6-0) plays host to Severna Park (3-3). The Falcons dropped their fifth in a row to North County, 25-7, last week while the Wildcats continued their winning ways against Glen Burnie with Joe Williams rambling for 129 yards and three touchdowns on seven carries.

Completing the Class 4A schedule tonight: Old Mill (2-4) travels to North County (3-3) where the defending state champions try to keep their slim hopes alive; and Chesapeake (2-4) plays host to Annapolis (3-3).

Coming off its 26-12 upset of then No. 13 Boys' Latin, Northeast (2-4) opens in the county 2A-3A League in Pasadena tonight against Broadneck (1-5). The Bruins dropped a 20-17 decision to Carver (4-2) last week.

The county's other 2A-3A teams are playing nonleague games. South River (2-4) is home tonight against Chesapeake (1-5) of Baltimore County, a 42-0 loser to Catonsville (4-2) last week. Southern (1-5) visits Perry Hall (4-2) tomorrow at 3 p.m.

St. Mary's (3-3) will be out to bounce back from last week's 18-6 loss to City (3-3) and continue Poly's worse season in over 25 years this afternoon in Annapolis. The visiting Engineers (2-4) were humbled by (1-4) Loyola, 34-0, last week.

Still looking for its first win since the season opener, Spalding (1-6) travels to Archbishop Curley (0-5) for a 1 p.m. game tomorrow.

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