The Bears headed to Brooklandville off a tough loss to Boys Latin and facing the Baltimore Sun’s # 3 team riding a wave of 14 consecutive wins. The Landon boys played with great spirit (the SPS coaches kept exhorting their players to match the intensity of the visitors’ sideline) and athleticism against a larger Crusader team.  The visitors played evenly with their opponents for much of the game; two drives in the 3rd and 4th quarters by the MIAA 2012 champions made the difference.


Landon received the opening kickoff, moved the ball well, but as the goal line approached fumbled the ball. The home team took over and drove the ball 85 yards on 15 plays. At 4:53 of the opening quarter, the Crusaders led 7-0.


The Bears responded well with another long drive (48 yards), but again turned the ball over. This time the speed-based Landon defense forced SPS to punt. The Brown jerseys gathered at their own 9 yard line and marched down the field. As with the previous possession, the Bears had success with runs through the SPS middle (between the last drive and this one, Andrew Mitchell, Colton Rupp, Jamal François, Dominique Seagears, Jahari Johnson and Kyle Hartman totaled 111 yards on the ground [these stats are VERY unofficial] ; trapping blocks (Thomas Evans, Ian Dabney, Peter Millsbaugh, Paul Padalino, John Slowinski, Keith Simms, Tom Crittenberger) opened up holes for the backs. The final six yards were covered by Dominique at 2:49 of the 1st Q. Bears 7 Crusaders 7


The Bears tried an onside kick, but it failed. The home team had good field position until Dominique showed his two way skills with an interception. Landon took over @ 1:36 and unleashed its passing offense. Kyle completed 3 throws and moved the ball 20 yards, but punted with 0:47 remaining. The Landon defense held the Crusaders, in part due to a sack by Kolby Williams. The half ended Bears 7 Crusaders 7


After the intermission, the Landon D showed its swiftness with another Dominique interception which his buddy Bernard Akinboyewa returned the ball to the Bears’ 40. After three plays Landon gave SPS the ball back. Thirteen plays and 67 yards resulted in a Crusaders’ score; there was some confusion in the PAT attempt and the conversion pass was intercepted by Paul Padalino. Crusaders 13 Bears 7 @ 2:57 of Q3


Coach Bernstorf tried his onside kick after his team’s go ahead TD and was successful, taking possession at his own 40. The Crusaders moved the ball primarily through the air. On the 1st play of the 4th Quarter, his 200# running back punched the ball into the end zone from 4 yards out. They made the 2 point conversion at 11:56 Crusaders 21 Bears 7


The Bears responded with a 10 play, 9 run drive from their own 25 yard line, all the way down the field. Dominique scored from 4 yards out, Jacob Howard converted his 2nd PAT to make the score Crusaders 21 Bears 14 @ 5:52 of the 4th Q.


Landon kicked off and prepared their defense at the SPS 42 yard line. Many of the Bears were playing two ways, several of their defenders were hurting and the effort to score must have diminished their energy. Unfortunately those descriptions did not apply to the home team’s 4.4 speedster, senior running back. He traversed the 58 yards, dodging some Bear tacklers and zooming by others. This PAT was successful and @ 5:30 of the 4th Q the score was Crusaders 28 Bears 14.


Over the remaining five plus minutes, Landon held the ball twice as did SPS, but none of the possessions were notable. SPS achieved its 15th consecutive win, but the Bears made them work for it.




Onto the game at Annapolis Christian, the 3rd consecutive MIAA opponent, next Friday. GO BEARS


Sunday Edition will include at least one Senior Profile, opponent results, Bear Trax and a scouting report on AACS team.

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  1. Sandy – thank you looks like a good effort. Get then next time

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