Ad­mi­rals cruise to an­other tri­umph

Ger­gar scores pair of TDs, helps Severn hold off Fri­ars for fifth straight vic­tory

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Brian Bur­den bbur­den@balt­sun.com

As Severn’s drive stalled in the mid­dle of Arch­bishop Curley ter­ri­tory with only a seven-point lead and more than three min­utes left on the clock, a sink­ing feel­ing crept in on the Ad­mi­rals’ side­line that the Fri­ars were go­ing to get the ball one more time with a chance to force over­time.

As he had mul­ti­ple times ear­lier in the game, Dy­lan Ger­gar came up with a big play, rush­ing for 14 yards on third-and-11 to con­tinue a drive that ended with a 2-yard touch­down run by Henry Rentz.

And so, the dream sea­son con­tin­ues for the Ad­mi­rals (5-0), who shut out vis­it­ing Curley, 14-0, on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

In ad­di­tion to his big run, Ger­gar caught a touch­down in the sec­ond quar­ter, and re­peat­edly pinned the Fri­ars (0-5) deep with his punts.

“He is a weapon,” Severn coach Duane Tyler said. “On de­fense, he is fly­ing around. On of­fense, he is slash­ing and gash­ing, and mak­ing big blocks on our sweeps. And he is au­to­matic as our kicker and punter. All of these guys are sponges, es­pe­cially him.”

Severn’s de­fense posted its sec­ond shutout of the sea­son, and the Ad­mi­rals (5-0) have outscored their op­po­nents 150-34. They al­lowed a fourth down con­ver­sion to Curley on the game’s open­ing drive, but stopped them on the next four fourth down at­tempts in the game.

“It was a big win for us. Weknew go­ing in they were go­ing to be tough. They have a tough run­ning game,” Ger­gar said. ‘We knew that if we played our cov­er­age, we could cover their pass easy.”

That phi­los­o­phy worked, par­tic­u­larly in the first half, as Curley got first downs on the ground, but went 0-for-3 over­all in the air. They turned the ball over on downs on their first drive in the half, and punted the Severn run­ning back Ja­cob Jarosz breaks through the Arch­bishop Curley de­fense dur­ing the first quar­ter of Fri­day af­ter­noon’s game. Jarosz led the Ad­mi­rals with 61 yards rush­ing. sub­se­quent three times.

Severn had sim­i­lar suc­cess mov­ing the ball down the field, but had a 24-yard field goal at­tempt by Ger­gar blocked in the first quar­ter. On the Ad­mi­rals’ sec­ond drive, Craig Stevens con­nected with Rentz and Joel Man­dish on con­sec­u­tive third-down pass­ing plays to keep the drive go­ing. Af­ter stalling at Curley’s 19-yard line, Stevens found Ger­gar on a cor­ner route on fourth down for the game’s first score with just over eight min­utes left in the first half.

“I knew they were run­ning man cov­er­age with one safety over top,” Ger­gar said. “They dropped their other safety down on man on me, so I knew if I got sep­a­ra­tion on my man, the other safety would not be able to cover me. I got about a yard sep­a­ra­tion and my quar­ter­back got it to me.”

The Ad­mi­rals had the mo­men­tum go­ing into the locker room at half­time, and the ball com­ing out of it, but they fum­bled the open­ing kick­off in the third quar­ter, giv­ing the Fri­ars the ball in Severn ter­ri­tory, at their 28-yard line. How­ever, Kain Domenech, Owen Cauley and the rest of the trench crew stalled Curley again, this time stop­ping the Fri­ars’ Seth Boyd on fourth- and-2 at the 8-yard line to turn the ball over yet again.

The next five drives ended in punts, in­clud­ing Ger­gar’s strike that pinned Curley at their 1-yard line mid­way through the fourth quar­ter. They had to punt back to Severn — a poor one at that — and the Ad­mi­rals had one more chance to put the game away.

Start­ing at Curley’s 37-yard line, Stevens hit Rentz for 10 yards on third-and-8, then Ger­gar got his sec­ond rush­ing op­por­tu­nity. He earned ev­ery bit of those 14 yards.

“Henry Rentz was get­ting a cou­ple big runs into the red zone for us, and we just needed that last run,” Ger­gar said. “I heard my name called, and I was ready. We have the tal­ent and skills to com­pete with the top teams in our di­vi­sion, and it feels good to see our name at the top right now.”

Rentz scored three plays later, seal­ing the game.

“Our of­fen­sive line came off the field chant­ing, ‘that’s our touch­down! That’s our touch­down!’ And you know what, I agree,” Tyler said. “Run­ning backs get their name in the pa­per, but our line, they come to­gether, and they cre­ate so much for us.”

Stevens went 16-for-25 for 157 yards for Severn, while Ja­cob Jarosz led the team with 61 yards rush­ing. Rentz had 46 yards rush­ing and 49 re­ceiv­ing and Ger­gar had 41 yards re­ceiv­ing to go with his 19 yards on two rushes.

Severn is tied with Boys’ Latin at the top of the MIAA B Con­fer­ence, each sport­ing 2-0 marks. Tyler is happy with where his team stands, but is more fo­cused on and more con­cerned with where they are go­ing.

“These guys, they bought in and they work day in and day out. It just hap­pens that things are bet­ter than we thought at 5-0, but they grind it out,” Tyler said. “We are just mak­ing sure we don’t take our foot off the gas pedal. My job to make sure they keep work­ing it.”

PAUL W. GILLE­SPIE/BALTIMORE SUN ME­DIA GROUP

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