Severna Park coach J. P. Hines promised his Falcons that "if you stop the run, we will win the game," referring to last night's contest against Broadneck, which had won 18 straight regular-season games, 12 against Anne Arundel County opponents.
The Falcons (2-0) did just that, winning, 24-6, to give their neighbors a rude welcome back to Class 4A competition at George Roberts Stadium in Severna Park.
Broadneck (1-1) was playing Severna Park for the first time since 1992, and not much seemed changed in terms of results. In the six previous years the Bruins had been in 4A, before enrollment dropped them into 3A, they had gone 0-6 against the Falcons.
Severna Park's stunting defense, led by senior linebackers David Wagner, Jeremy Tate and Starke Mueller, held Broadneck runners to 42 yards and also sacked the quarterback six times.
The Falcons shut down the Bruins' offense, save for the passing of quarterback Ryan Eslin, who completed 17 of 27 passes for 245 yards and scored his team's only touchdown on a 4-yard plunge with 3: 34 remaining in the game.
Severna Park's damage had been done by a pair of touchdowns by Derek Dixon, one by Mueller and Paul Gillette's 32-yard field goal and three extra-point kicks.
But the Falcons' hard-hitting defense was the story.
"We stunted and did some things they weren't prepared for," said Hines. "We have a bunch a good athletes who played on our state championship lacrosse team last spring, and they're very smart."
Because of their intelligence, Hines and his staff change their defenses practically every week after the coaches watch films of opponents. The Falcons use 11 defenses, Hines said.
Gillette's field goal opened the scoring with 1: 51 left in the first period, and the Falcons added their first touchdown 3: 45 before halftime. Mueller broke a run around left end from 27 yards out.
The third period was scoreless, but in the first minute of the final period, quarterback Chris Odom (8 for 15, 124 yards) hit Dixon out of the backfield over the middle on a third-and-goal from the 13. Dixon made a juggling grab before diving across the goal line. Gillette's kick made it 17-0.
Pub Date: 9/10/99