After two inept offensive efforts that led to an 0-2 start for Severna Park, a flea flicker jump-started the Falcons' triple option last night as they routed Annapolis, 42-15, in the renewal of Anne Arundel County's oldest football rivalry.
Played at Al Laramore Field in the Cap City, the game left both teams at 1-2. Severna Park had scored only eight points in its first two games and was shut out, 6-0, by Southern last week.
In what was the 49th game in the 48th year of the series, with the host Panthers now leading 24-22-3, the Falcons scored on a 60-yard touchdown pass from halfback Sam Jones to Austin Lewis on the game's first play from scrimmage.
Quarterback Pat Morrison pitched to his left to Jones, who hit Lewis in stride, and Sean Price kicked the extra point to make it 7-0 in the first minute.
"[Wednesday] we just put it in, and the coaches said if we have the right situation, we're going to do it," said Lewis, who also caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from Morrison to give the Falcons a 35-6 lead at the half.
Annapolis coach Brian Brown saw the flea flicker as a backbreaker and a play that gave the Falcons huge momentum. "It got us down a little bit, and then we fumbled that ball, and two plays, bam-bam, and we're down 13-0," said Brown, whose Panthers took a 27-21 double-overtime decision over the Falcons last season. "It was tough to come back from 13-0, but we had some bright spots from safety-back Greg Hasenel and Traval Adams running the ball hard, but defensively we didn't do it."
The second Falcons score, which made it 13-0, was an 87-yard fumble return by Morrison, who also plays defensive back. In addition, Morrison had a 1-yard touchdown plunge.
"We just came out fired up tonight, something we haven't done in a while," Morrison said. "We started out big with that first play. Our offensive line stepped it up real big, and our running backs did a great job."
Adams ran 8 yards for the Panthers' first-half touchdown. Junior quarterback Craig Wilson, the son of former Annapolis All-Metro quarterback (1981) and major league baseball player Craig Wilson Sr., scored on a 1-yard dive in the last quarter.