St. Paul's running back Chris Berrier remembers feeling helpless last season while standing on the sideline with his foot in a cast while visiting Severn ran away with a lopsided victory.
"I wanted to be in there so bad, but I couldn't," said Berrier, who underwent surgery on his foot this summer. "It was really frustrating standing there watching them run up and down the field on us."
Now, Severn knows has it feels.
Berrier made sure of that yesterday as he powered his way to 223 yards and four touchdowns in a 28-0 win over the Admirals.
If you think Berrier's stats were impressive, just imagine what he could have done had he carried the ball in the fourth quarter.
"Chris just had surgery in June so he's still rehabbing," said St. Paul's coach Brian Abbott, quickly adding that Berrier is close to being 100 percent.
Abetted by an offensive line that owned the line of scrimmage, Berrier, a load to bring down at 5-foot-11, 205 pounds, gained 164 yards in the first half alone.
Berrier quieted Severn's homecoming crowd with a 10-yard plunge into the end zone late in the first quarter.
J.R. Sanchez' interception and return inside the Admirals' 10-yard-line set up Berrier's second score, a 9-yard run that saw Berrier shed a tackle and carry two defenders into the end zone.
The No. 10 Crusaders (7-0), who are in pursuit of a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference title, drove the ball down the throats of the defending conference champs in the waning minutes of the first half.
On the nine-play scoring drive, Berrier ran the ball eight straight times, picking up five consecutive first downs before running in from 1 yard out to give his team a 21-0 lead at the half.
Denard Melton started the game at quarterback for Severn and picked up 17 yards on a keeper. As it turned out, Melton's opening run would be Severn's only first down of the half.
The Admirals (5-2), whose only other loss of the season came in a 35-7 rout to John Carroll, managed to pick up its second first down of the game on the first play of the fourth quarter but never threatened to score.
"We got beat by a really good football team, that's all I can tell you," said Severn coach John Beckman. "They dominated the line of scrimmage. I think that was obvious to everybody."
* Spalding 26, Curley 8: Brian Judy rushed 15 times for 169 yards and two touchdowns and one two-point conversion as visiting Spalding (2-6) defeated Curley (0-6).