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  • Josh Coffman broke loose for a pair of touchdowns on Thursday night and Severna Park rallied from 14-0 down, but it wasn't enough to outlast the Seahawks in a 28-21 loss.
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    Josh Coffman broke loose for a pair of touchdowns on Thursday night and Severna Park rallied from 14-0 down, but it wasn't enough to outlast the Seahawks in a 28-21 loss.

Severna Park Football Rallies But Falls To South River, 28-21

Colin Murphy
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September 28, 2017

Another football night in the county yielded another gridiron battle that went right down to the wire.

On Thursday at Northeast High School, Severna Park’s last-ditch effort to force overtime with South River came up five yards short of the end zone as time expired, leaving the Falcons lamenting missed opportunities in a 28-21 loss to the Seahawks.

“It’s tough. There were a couple times the ball didn’t bounce our way and a couple times we didn’t execute as well as we could have,” said Severna Park head coach Will Bell. “That’s how it swung at the end.”

Like a slew of games in Anne Arundel County so far this season, Thursday night’s contest was closely battled and hung in the balance for either side to take.

The Seahawks (3-2), fresh off a 46-42 victory over Annapolis and having scored 105 points in their last three games, struck first on their opening series when quarterback Caleb Edney threw a deep pass to Ryan Proctor, hitting Proctor in stride on the right sideline for a 31-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

Joe Jennings picked up first downs on long runs on the Falcons’ ensuing drive, as did Josh Coffman on an 11-yard pass from Garrett Edwards to get Severna Park deep into South River territory. South River ended the threat abruptly, however, as Frankie Cole picked off Edwards to get the ball back.

Severna Park defensive back Drew Jeffries returned the favor on South River’s next drive, intercepting Edney, but the Falcons again failed to put points on the board, and

Edney and Proctor connected on another deep pass for a 68-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead.

Given the Falcons’ three straight losses after their season-opening win over North County, the game could have gotten out of hand against the hot Seahawks, but Severna Park fought back. They moved the chains on their ensuing possession, and Coffman bounced out left, broke a tackle and cruised into the end zone for a 13-yard score before halftime. The kick by Travis Victorio was good, and the Falcons trailed 14-7 at the break:

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In the third quarter, after a strong defensive stand by the Falcon unit of Jeffries, Jennings, Connor Becker, Connor Saladin, Jake Cooley, Ryan Bloom, Zach Binnix, Jeremiah Jennings, Dean Draughn, Chase Cope, Logan Hamer and Colin Meehan, Coffman set up to receive a South River punt, but Meehan came out of nowhere to make the play of the game, torpedoing off the line of scrimmage to block Edney’s punt, catch the deflected ball out of the air and run it back the other way for a touchdown. Meehan’s feat and Victorio’s extra point tied the game at 14-14:

Video by Colin Murphy

The Falcon defense made another stop, and Severna Park had possession at its own 20-yard line. Taking a handoff, Coffman got great blocking at the line of scrimmage from linemen Connor Bowes, Craig Johnson, Austin Persico. Ron Schillp and Jake Harrell before shaking off three South River secondary tacklers in a sensational 78-yard touchdown run.

Just like that, the Falcons had scored 21 straight points and held a 21-14 lead.

Bell said the team showed good fight to get right back into the game and take the lead after falling behind early.

“They battled,” said Bell. “We talked about trying to start fast, and we’ve been starting great on both sides of the ball the last couple weeks, we just haven’t been able to finish drives. That happened early on a couple times, we gave the ball away in their zone, and once we started to capitalize on that we were okay. We scored 21 straight and had momentum. Once that happened I thought we started taking control of the game.”

The tide of momentum quickly receded. On the second play of Seahawks’ next drive, Joe Foy broke loose for a 68-yard score to tie the game at 21-21.

The Falcons couldn’t put together a drive, and after a 33-yard completion from Edney to Proctor, Severna Park made three stops at the 1-yard line before Foy bounced outside on fourth-and-goal from one yard out to get into the end zone for a 28-21 lead.

Said Bell, “You score 21 straight—keep it going. If we punch one in, you can’t give up an 80-yard run the other way as soon as they get the ball. You can’t leave things up to chance. We had four quarters. It’s one of those things where if you capitalize on some opportunities, we wouldn’t have been in that situation.”

Even after failing on their next drive, the Falcon defense still made another stop, and Severna Park got the ball back with 80 yards to go and 40 seconds on the clock. Coffman broke free for a 70-yard run down to the South River 10-yard line, but his run was called back after a flag for an illegal blind-side block.

In at quarterback, Jordan Hallet nonetheless made completions to Coffman and Jack Thomas to keep the Falcons moving, but his final completion, a circus catch by Ryan Thorpe, only got the Falcons down to the 5-yard line as time expired:

Video by Colin Murphy

Bell said there were instances of sound execution to commend despite the loss, and the team is primed to get back in the win column.

“I appreciate the way our kids fought,” he said. “They had a great week of practice. They’re growing week to week, and that’s what I’m happy about. We’re going to put one together here soon.”

Severna Park (1-4) faces Glen Burnie in Week 6. 

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