Stifled by visiting Towson's defense from early in the first quarter, Pikesville's offense had one last chance last night.
That's when quarterback Steve Watson decided it was his time.
Using center Alex Koffler's blocking, the senior scored on a 2-yard plunge with 1: 41 left to cap a 13-play, 75-yard drive that gave the Panthers a 14-7 win.
His team trailing 7-6, Watson called his own number five times during the pivotal series, running behind a re-energized offensive line for 40 yards.
"Towson played a great football game, but we understood what it would take," said Watson, who also completed a key 12-yard pass to Yuri Gimburg in the late drive.
"Our defense gave us a second chance, and it was time to move the football. I trust myself in those situations. We couldn't have done it without our offensive line. They knew what they had to do and got it done."
The Panthers stayed unbeaten in Baltimore County's 1A-2A league at 3-0, 4-1 overall.
Towson, which ended last season with four wins after an 0-6 start, is 3-1 overall, 1-1 in league play.
The Panthers defense forced six Towson turnovers -- including Terrence Williams' fumble recovery on the Towson 44 with under a minute left to preserve the win. All the turnovers came after the Generals got a 3-yard score from quarterback Mike Williams on their opening possession to take a 7-0 lead.
Pikesville answered on its next drive. Watson threw 10 yards to tight end Clement Sorgho for his seventh touchdown of the season to cut the Generals' lead to 7-6.
Towson could have added to its lead in the second quarter after Jared Satterfield returned a punt 49 yards to Pikesville's 9-yard line.
But the Generals went backward, losing 33 yards before Williams fumbled on a third-down keeper.
"This one stings a little," said Towson coach Ed Pfaff. "Pikesville has a lot of good athletes, and on any given day, either of these teams could win. I told the kids that [Penn State coach] Joe Paterno says a game comes down to five plays -- they got three and we got two."
Both defenses were tough. Pikesville's forced turnovers to keep the game close, and the Generals made the Panthers punt five straight times in between their two scoring drives.
Earlier the fourth quarter, consecutive sacks from David Goodwin, Sean Scott and Satterfield had Watson and the Panthers offense puzzled.
A quick three-and-out from the Generals offense gave the Panthers the last chance, which they made the most of with the winning drive.
With the rare win over an old rival, the Panthers are talking playoffs.
"This is a huge win for us. I can't remember ever beating Towson. That's the best we've ever defended the wing-T," said Pikesville coach Joe Bosley.
As for the pivotal drive: "That's Steve Watson and his leadership. He checked off on a couple of his sneaks -- the big players make the plays."
Pub Date: 10/01/99