Kicker's auto accident takes players' minds off game at Centennial

October 22, 1990|By Kevin Eck

Members of Centennial's football team should be excused if they had their minds on something other than football during Saturday's game against Glenelg.

Shortly after midnight Saturday morning, Centennial kicker/punter Brian Reid was involved in an automobile accident and taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Reid underwent four hours of surgery to repair his ruptured spleen. He also suffered some intestinal damage, sustained contusions on his chest, and he will require plastic surgery to repair a gash above his right eye.

Centennial coach Ed Holshue, in contact with Reid's mother, said Reid, a senior, is expected to remain in the intensive care unit for two to three days, and will remain hospitalized between 10 days and two weeks. Reid is in serious but stable condition.

Reid's accident followed an Oct. 12 automobile accident, in which a classmate and friend of several members of the team was killed.

"Mentally, we weren't really in the game," said Holshue, whose team lost, 20-18, Saturday. "The game was secondary as far as all this is concerned. It was just not conducive to playing football on Saturday."

Reid's accident not only affected his teammates mentally, but his absence was a factor in the outcome of the game. Holshue said no one else on the team had game-experience punting or place-kicking except Reid. And it showed.

On Centennial's first punt attempt, the snap was low and the punter could not handle it, turning the ball over to Glenelg on the Eagles 17-yard line. The Gladiators scored a touchdown on the next play. Centennial's next punt went for just 10 yards, which gave Glenelg the ball on Centennial's 35 and led to another touchdown.

The substitute place-kicker didn't fare much better. His kickoff average was just 30.5 yards and he missed an extra point. Knowing that his kicking game was unreliable, Holshue decided to go for the two-point conversion after the Eagles' next two touchdowns, and both attempts were unsuccessful.

Reid had a punting average of 39 yards and was 8-for-8 on extra points. His kickoff average was 53 yards and he converted two of three field-goal attempts. Both of Reid's successful field goals were game-winners.

"This incident is very unfortunate," Holshue said. "He was just in the wrong place at the right time. Fortunately, he will recover."

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Kevin Anderson of Franklin was released from University Hospital Saturday after suffering a concussion in Friday's game against top-ranked Randallstown. Franklin coach Claude Darr said he was unsure when and if Anderson would return to the team. The game, which was stopped 16 seconds into the third quarter with Randallstown leading, 19-0, is official.

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Records, streaks and milestones: No. 17 Lake Clifton's 26-8 victory over No. 8 Patterson Friday ended the area's longest winning streak at 12 games. St. Mary's, which defeated Archbishop Curley, 35-15, Friday, now owns the area's longest winning streak, eight games. The Saints (8-0) have not won eight games in a season since 1963.

* The longest losing streak also ended Friday, as Catonsville edged Lansdowne, 19-18, for its first win after 17 straight losses. Sparrows Point, which lost to Towson, 41-20, Friday, owns the area's longest current losing streak, nine games.

* Archbishop Spalding's winless streak reached 17 games after a 59-2 loss to Southwestern on Friday.

* Southwestern quarterback Diara Davis passed for 407 yards and seven touchdowns -- both area single-game highs this season -- in the Sabers' win over Spalding. No official state records are kept, but according to the National High School Sports Record Book, only four high school quarterbacks in the country have ever thrown for more than seven touchdowns in a game. Mike Williams' 225 yards receiving was also an area best this season, as was the 59 points scored by the Sabers.

* Glenelg's Juan Dorsey and Mike D'Andrea each broke a school record Saturday. Dorsey broke the school's single-season record for receptions after catching 10 passes to give him 43 for the season. The old record was 34 receptions by Brian Atwill last year.

D'Andrea set the school record for yards passing in a season. He threw for 202 yards to give him 1,269 for the year, breaking the old mark of 1,155 yards by Pete Kostos in 1984.

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Frank Ewing led Chesapeake of Baltimore County to a 13-7 record the last two years after a 1-9 season in 1987. And Friday, Ewing, now Hereford's head coach after 13 years at Chesapeake, found out directly just how far the Bayhawks had come since 1987. No. 18 Chesapeake, now under former Randallstown coach Ken Johnson, routed Hereford, 31-6, to raise its record to 7-0.

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