Dy­lan Ger­gar takes charge as Ad­mi­rals win their opener

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS - By Bob Hough

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.”

MATTHEW COLE/BAL­TI­MORE SUN ME­DIA GROUP

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