Arundel High’s football team found itself in an unusual position Friday. For the first time this season, the No. 3 Wildcats trailed an opponent as upset-minded South River had the lead in the third quarter.
Arundel answered the Seahawks challenge, emerging with a 37-29 decision in an Anne Arundel County contest in Gambrills. Senior quarterback Nick Rosati continued his torrid pace with 300 yards and four touchdowns on 24 of 37 passing.
The Wildcats, who won their first six matches by a combined 274-38, needed every point Friday.
After trailing 10-0 early, South River battled in front as Blane Kleinrichert, playing his first game since being injured against Broadneck in week four, gave the Seahawks a 14-10 lead with a 25-yard touchdown run. Arundel surged back in front as Rosati hooked up with Tyler Washington (156 receiving yards) for a 30-yard touchdown, and Romeo Harris from 20 yards out.
South River got to within 23-21 before the end of third on a one-yard run by Connor Cox. The Wildcats extended their lead to 37-21 in the fourth quarter as Joe Blackwell had a 31-yard touchdown run and Tyler Young caught a five-yard pass from Rosati.
It’s the closest game Arundel has had since fending off No. 4 Broadneck, 10-6, in week three. The Wildcats have won 25 straight regular season games against Anne Arundel league foes.
Despite its valiant effort, South River’s postseason hopes likely ended with the loss. The Seahawks host Annapolis next Saturday.
Arundel looks to strengthen its hold in the Class 4A East Region as it travels to Northeast next weekend.