Admirals cruise to another triumph
Gergar scores pair of TDs, helps Severn hold off Friars for fifth straight victory
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.”