An opening-night matchup between the Severna Park and Meade football teams has become the norm over the last few years, with both teams looking to open their seasons with a promising start.
Unfortunately for Severna Park, most anything that could go wrong did go wrong this time.
Turnovers, untimely penalties, and Meade’s big play capability conspired to down the Falcons 46-25 in front of a packed home stadium at Severna Park High School on Friday.
Severna Park’s first pass attempt was intercepted and returned for a touchdown, a sign of things to come. The Falcons fell behind 18-3 in the first quarter and could never quite recover from there as Meade rolled up 303 yards on the ground between a duo of tailbacks, one powerful, the other speedy.
“You never want to spot your opponent an early touchdown like that, but the kids showed a lot of fight,” Severna Park coach Nick Marks said. “We got it back to within 8 at one point, but (Meade) had a great plan, and we’re going to give them credit. They’ve got some good players over there and they’ll win a lot of games in conference this year.”
Severna Park’s tempo offense allowed the Falcons to run 21 more plays than did Meade, but they were forced to nickel-and-dime their way down the field and only mustered a couple of big plays, most notably a 52-yard touchdown pass on a bubble screen from Vince Nguyen to Jack Fish.
Fish finished with 100 yards receiving, while Nguyen was 19-for-34 for 201 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. Severna Park tailback Demetrious Jones touched the ball 27 times for 70 total yards and a touchdown. Isaiah Green scored the final Falcons touchdown on the game’s final play, a 30-yard pass from Isaac Graves, while Colin Heffernan booted a 37-yard field goal.
Not much broke right for the Falcons over the course of the game. There was the interception-turned-touchdown on the opening drive, five Meade scoring plays of 39 yards or longer, and two back-breaking Falcon penalties: one a roughing the punter at the Meade 10-yard line, the other a bang-bang pass interference call that nullified an interception. Meade scored touchdowns on both second chances.
Severna Park will look to bounce back against South River next week.
Meade 46, Severna Park 25
Meade 24 0 14 8 -- 46
Severna Park 10 0 8 7 -- 25
M – Michael Musser 39 interception return (kick failed) 11:02
M – Zahire Mike 65 run (pass failed) 8:33
SP – Colin Heffernan 37 FG 5:21
M – Darell Brown 1 pass from Brian Jamison (kick failed) 2:28
SP – Jack Fish 52 pass from Vince Nguyen (Colin Heffernan kick) 1:19
M – Tyrique Jones 74 pass from Brian Jamison (run failed) 0:35
M – Kameryn Henry 57 run (Mikey Esuola kick) 11:41
SP – Demetrious Jones 3 run (Demetrious Jones run) 7:57
M – Zahire Mike 15 run (Mikey Esuola kick) 3:11
M – Zahire Mike 43 run (Tyrique Jones run) 4:37
SP – Isaiah Green 30 pass from Isaac Graves (Colin Heffernan kick) 0:00
Meade 31-303 on the ground
Passing — Meade: Brian Jamison 9-20-0-155, 2 TD; Severna Park: Vince Nguyen 19-34-3-201, 1 TD; Isaac Graves 2-4-0-31, 1 TD.
Rushing — Meade: Zahire Mike 15-162, Kameryn Henry 11-116, Alijah Johnson 2-31, Brian Jamison 3-(-6); Severna Park: Demetrious Jones 22-67, Joey Tramontana 7-25, Jonathan Wark 1-12, Vince Nguyen 5-5, Isaac Graves 1-4, Jack Fish 1-1.
Receiving — Meade: Tyrique Jones 3-125, Kameryn Henry 1-13, Keyon Lawson 1-6, Jaylen Dorsey 1-6, Kayvawn Simms-Rogers 2-4, Darell Brown 1-1; Severna Park: Jack Fish 4-100, Isaiah Green 2-50, Brendan Vaught 3-31, Ryder Halloran 5-24, Cole Cavanaugh 2-23, Demetrious Jones 5-3.
First Downs: Meade 12, Severna Park 17.
Penalties: Meade 13-88, Severna Park 9-81.
Turnovers: Meade 0, Severna Park 3.
Sacks: Meade 0, Severna Park 1.