Dylan Gergar takes charge as Admirals win their opener
Dylan Gergar played a key role in the Severn boys lacrosse team’s resurgence in the spring.
If he’s looking to do the same for the football team, he’s off to a good start.
Gergar accounted for all the Admirals’ points in the second half, including a 27-yard interception return for a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter that proved to be the winning points in Severn’s 27-20 victory over Annapolis Area Christian School on Friday in the season opener for both teams.
Gergar also kicked two field goals in the second half and connected on all three of his extra-point attempts for Severn, which took a 14-0 lead in the first half.
“Dylan Gergar had a pretty special day,” Severn coach Chris Kirchenheiter said. “He thinks he’s a kicker, but we’re trying to convince him he’s a lot more than a kicker.”
After AACS took its first and only lead with 10:53 left in the game, Gergar connected on a 31-yard field goal to tie the score with 7:36 to play. With the Eagles facing third-and-long deep in their territory on their next possession, Gergar stepped in front of a pass from Isiah Williams and raced untouched into the end zone to put the Admirals back ahead with 6:35 left to play.
“We went over it all week in film, and our coaches run a great scout [offense] for us,” said Gergar, who was third in scoring on the lacrosse team last season with 41 goals and19 assists. “Our coaches set us up, and I just had to convert and make a play.”
The Eagles had two more possessions with a chance to tie, but Severn’s defense came up big again.
Joel Mandish intercepted a pass on the Eagles’ first possession after the score and later, after AACS got the ball back with one last chance, Eric Duguay sacked Williams at midfield as time ran out.
“We pride ourselves on being able to put 11 guys on the field who can run to the ball on defense,” Kirchenheiter said. “We don’t have the biggest team, but we’ve got athletic, fast guys that can run to the ball. We’ve always prided ourselves on having great ‘D’ — and the ‘D’ really stepped up today.”
Duguay opened the scoring in the first quarter when he recovered a fumble in the end zone that was forced by Darby Nelligan and Ty Thornton. Jon Jarosz had a pair of sacks and a tackle for a loss, Nelligan had a sack, and Jake Lilly and Annapolis Area Christian School’s Carson Neiswender, left, brings down Severn’s Ty Thornton in the opener for both teams. Andrew Medile each had three tackles for loss for Severn.
“I love playing defense, and this school has always been good at defense,” Duguay said. “We graduated some really influential seniors, so that just really gave me the motivation to work real hard in the offseason.”
Nelligan scored the other touchdown for the Admirals on a 14-yard pass from Owen Cauley.
Williams, playing in his first game since taking over for DJ Golatt, who transferred to Riverdale Baptist, scored on a 34-yard touchdown run for AACS. Joey Dixon returned an interception 42 yards for a score and Williams connected with Jarrett Heckert for a 62-yard touchdown that put the Eagles ahead briefly in the fourth. Heckert caught the pass at midfield, broke a tackle, then used a block from Cameron Williams to get into the end zone.
Isiah Williams completed 11 of 19 passes for 173 yards, including four passes to Heckert for 88 yards and the touchdown.
“He’s a guy who probably up until early June probably didn’t think he’d be asked to be the starting quarterback,” AACS coach Michael Lynn said. “He embraced it from that moment on.”