Severna Park High School (5-4) remains in the hunt for a MPSSAA 4A East playoff spot after securing a come-from-behind 14-10 victory over Northeast High School on October 19.
The Falcons trailed by three points late in the fourth quarter of their homecoming game, the matchup all but decided, until the Falcons’ Wylen Tompkins blocked a Northeast punt and recovered the ball for what was ultimately the game-winning touchdown.
“We knew coming in that this was one that we needed,” said Severna Park coach Will Bell.
Severna Park and Northeast entered the contest in similar situations. Each team, in the midst of an improved 2018 campaign, had won two consecutive games in their quests for postseason action.
“I’m extremely happy for our kids. Since I’ve been here, this is the first homecoming victory we’ve had,” said Bell, who’s in his fourth year as head coach.
The Eagles had been pinned deep into their own territory and were forced to punt late in the game. It was then that Tompkins burst off the line to make the play of the game.
“I took off from the edge, no one was there, and I left the ground and blocked the punt,” said Tompkins, who also added five tackles and a sack. “Once the ball hit the ground, my instinct kicked in, and I knew I had to pick it up and take it to the house.”
The first quarter saw the teams play to a stalemate before the visiting Eagles took a second-quarter lead when Tyleek Coleman kicked a 21-yard field goal.
Northeast’s Danny Baker added to the lead midway through the second quarter, carrying a couple Falcon defenders into the endzone on a 12-yard touchdown run. Baker finished with 28 yards rushing on six carries, while also catching two passes for seven yards.
“We’re old-school football. We’re going to run the ball and run certain plays and you gotta stop us,” said Northeast head coach Brian Baublitz.
The Eagles were led by running back Josh Krcik, who ran for 140 yards on 17 carries.
“That kid is a heck of a running back. He’s one of the top backs in the county,” said Bell.
The two teams went to halftime with Northeast leading, 10-0.
“At halftime, we told our kids to settle down,” Bell said. “We told them to take a deep breath. We have a whole half of football left. Let’s go play.”
Severna Park found the endzone on their second drive of the second half, as Deon Dorsey took a 3-yard run in for a score.
Defenses on both sides played well to limit offensive output.
Tristan Holleran and Jacob Cooley each led the Falcons with six tackles. Jordan Robinson added three tackles including a big fourth-down stop late in the game.
Northeast’s Matt Wukitch tallied seven tackles, including multiple sacks, while Riley Pitt added six tackles.
After Tompkins blocked the punt and scooped it for a touchdown, the Eagles last-ditch effort downfield was intercepted by Severna Park’s Mikey Harmeyer. The junior defender and return specialist finished with two interceptions on the evening.
“That’s a tough loss. That’s a tough way to lose,” Baublitz said.
Following the win over Northeast, Severna Park traveled to Annapolis and suffered a 44-9 loss. The Falcons will finish the regular season at home against Arundel.