The usually potent Arundel offense started slowly last night at Meade, but quarterback Billy Cosh and wide receiver Alec Lemon helped change everything in the second half.
Cosh threw five of his six touchdown passes in the second half, including three to Lemon in a 27-point fourth-quarter outburst that helped the No. 10 Wildcats rally from a 13-point first-half deficit to pull away for a 46-25 victory over the Mustangs.
Overall, Cosh completed 26 of 41 passes for 364 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions. He went 13-for-16 for 225 yards in the second half. Lemon (10 catches, 149 yards) caught four touchdown passes in the game and ran for one touchdown as Arundel (4-1) took charge of a game that Meade (2-3) once led 19-6.
"Coach [Chuck] Markiewicz really settled us down at halftime," Cosh said. "We [then] just took what they gave us. That was the main key for us."
The Wildcats began to turn things around with a drive in the final two minutes of the first half. Lemon capped it with a 1-yard touchdown run with 3.9 seconds left to cut Meade's lead to 19-13.
Arundel then tied the score at 19 on Cosh's 4-yard pass to Ronnie Harris (seven catches, 113 yards, two touchdowns) with 4:27 left in the third quarter. The Wildcats dominated the fourth quarter, scoring four touchdowns in 17 plays to break the game open.
"We found what holes they had, and we exploited them," Lemon said. "Coach did a great job of calling plays, and we just executed them."
Cosh threw a 59-yard touchdown pass to Harris on the fourth play of the quarter to give Arundel the lead for good at 26-19. After that, Cosh threw touchdown passes of 15, 23 and 29 yards to Lemon to open up a close game.
Meade quarterback Raymond Cotton picked apart the Wildcats at times, but Arundel slowed him in the second half, thanks to some big hits from its secondary. Cotton completed 20 of 51 passes for 258 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
Officials declared the game finished with 46.2 seconds left after Meade's James Sayers injured his neck. He was placed on a backboard and taken to the hospital for precautionary measures but had feeling in all his extremities.