MSA to probe Patterson-Northern fight

November 05, 1990|By Kevin Eck

Maryland Scholastic Association first vice president Jerry Savage said the MSA will look into the circumstances surrounding Friday's football game between Patterson and Northern.

The game, which Patterson won, 55-16, was stopped by officials with 1 minute, 50 seconds left, because of an increasing number of personal fouls. After the game, a brawl broke out when the teams lined up for the ceremonial handshake.

"Something like that, especially when it involves media coverage, the MSA certainly will step in and do something, and I think city officials will do the same," Savage said. "I imagine if anything is going to be done, it would come before the MSA executive committee."

Donald Williams, supervisor of interscholastic athletics for city schools, could not be reached for comment last night.

Jim Diggs, commissioner for area football officials, said he plans to talk with any officials who worked the game, then will make a recommendation to the two schools' athletic directors. Diggs said he expects action to be taken against the players involved in the fight.

Patterson coach and athletic director Roger Wrenn said yesterday that he has written a letter to Northern principal Douglass Norris regarding Wrenn's investigation into the matter.

Northern coach Ike Hemphill declined to comment yesterday.

Wrenn disputed Hemphill's statement to The Sun on Friday, in which Hemphill said Patterson player Edward Harrington punched Hemphill. Wrenn said that one of his players, whom he did not name, struck Hemphill, but that it was not Harrington.

Records, streaks and milestones: Top-ranked Randallstown, No. 3 Wilde Lake, No. 4 Oakland Mills, No. 7 C. Milton Wright and No. 15 Chesapeake of Baltimore County each won during the weekend to extend the area's longest current winning streaks to nine games.

* Sparrows Point's 16-6 loss to Loch Raven on Friday extended the area's longest losing streak to 11 games.

* Archbishop Spalding lost to Archbishop Curley, 25-7, on Saturday, as the Cavaliers' winless streak reached 19 games.

Clinched: A number of teams clinched either a share of or sole possession of their league titles during the weekend, and three area teams have clinched region titles.

* Teams that clinched league titles: No. 10 Lake Clifton (MSA B Conference Division II) and North County (Anne Arundel County 2A-3A-4A).

* Teams that clinched a tie for league titles: St. Mary's and St. Paul's (MSA C Conference), Randallstown (Baltimore County 4A), No. 19 Overlea (Baltimore County 3A), Chesapeake (Baltimore County 1A-2A), No. 13 Severna Park (Anne Arundel County 4A, C. Milton Wright (Harford County).

* Teams that have clinched region titles: C. Milton Wright (Class 3A, Region III), Oakland Mills (Class 3A, Region I), Owings Mills (Class 1A, Region II).

Things just got better and better during the weekend for St. Paul's, which provided 37-year coach Mitch Tullai with one of his most satisfying seasons.

On Friday, St. Paul's rallied for a touchdown with 1:36 remaining in the fourth quarter to defeat Boys' Latin, 8-7.

The next day, St. Paul's gained a share of the MSA C Conference title after St. Mary's defeated Severn, 7-6. The Crusaders and St. Mary's have completed their seasons with 6-1 conference records. Severn also can gain a share of the conference title with a victory over Southwestern on Friday.

St. Paul's won its last seven games to finish 8-1, its best since going 8-1 in 1966. The Crusaders had four shutout victories this season and allowed just 45 points, the lowest in school history.

The Dundalk fans were standing and cheering one second, sitting and solemn the next in the closing minutes of the Owls' loss to Parkville on Saturday.

With 2:30 remaining in the fourth quarter and Parkville leading, 22-20, Dundalk coach Rick Zentz called for a fake punt on fourth-and-13 from the Dundalk 30-yard line. The play seemingly worked to perfection -- Joe Speed completed a 68-yard pass to Mike Sowers at the Parkville 2, sending Dundalk fans into a frenzy.

Zentz was happy too -- until he turned his attention to the umpire, who was pointing to the yellow flag at his feet. The play was called back because Dundalk had an ineligible receiver downfield. The Dundalk crowd turned silent.

Dundalk unsuccessfully tried another fake punt on the next play, and Parkville held on to win.

The loss was a big one for the Owls, who are trying to gain their first state playoff berth. With Saturday's loss, Dundalk dropped from second to fourth among Class 3A teams bidding for an at-large berth. Four region winners in each classification and the next four teams with the best average make the state quarterfinal playoffs.

Top performances


* Most TDs: Paul Banks, Dunbar; Ervin Montgomery, Edmondson; Ed Trusty, Gilman, 4.

* Longest TD rushing: John Swigart, Overlea, 85 yards.

* Longest TD passing: Adrian Price, Northwestern, 72 yards to Timmy White.

* Longest kickoff return for a TD: Brian Hannah, Atholton, 75 yards.

* Longest punt return for a TD: Damon Bond, Walbrook, 85 yards.

* Longest INT return for a TD: Alex Moore, Fallston, 53 yards.

* Longest fumble recovery and run for a TD: William Beverly, Old Mill, 90 yards.

* Longest field goal: Buddy Edmond, Patterson, 31 yards.

Best rushers

* Paul Banks, Dunbar, 16 carries, 276 yards, 3 TDs.

* Ervin Montgomery, Edmondson, 16 carries, 256 yards, 4 TDs.

* Korey Singleton, Oakland Mills, 26 carries, 239 yards, 3 TDs.

Best passers

* John Ray, North County, 15-for-28, 298 yards, 2 TDs.

* Diarra Davis, Southwestern, 15-for-34, 292 yards, 3 TDs.

* Adrian Price, Northwestern, 13-for-21, 252 yards, 3 TDs.

Best receivers

* David Brewer, Towson, 7 catches, 151 yards, 1 TD.

* Kyle Sanders, Franklin, 7 catches, 150 yards, 2 TDs.

* Timmy White, Northwestern, 6 catches, 112 yards, 2 TDs.

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