Oakland Mills' Singleton out for season


November 19, 1990|By Kevin Eck

Oakland Mills coach Ken Hovet said senior running back/linebacker Korey Singleton will not play the rest of the season because of a torn medial collateral ligament in his knee.

Singleton, 6 feet 2, 200 pounds, was the area's leading rusher with 1,817 yards and 24 touchdowns and was the Scorpions' leading tackler (38 solos, 48 assists).

Singleton, who suffered the injury two weeks ago against Glenelg, did not play in Saturday's 27-26 victory over Laurel in a state Class 3A quarterfinal. Last week, Singleton played only defense against Wilde Lake.

"It's a shame," Hovet said. "He's a nice kid, and we can sure use him."

Hovet said the Scorpions missed Singleton more on defense Saturday.

"He would have been a factor on defense," Hovet said. "They ran all over us."

The prognosis on Oakland Mills cornerback Ricky Gray was better. Hovet said Gray, who was taken from the field in an ambulance with a back injury in Saturday's game, will be ready to play in Friday night's Class 3A semifinal at C. Milton Wright at 7:30.

Play was stopped for 25 minutes before Gray was taken to Laurel General Hospital. He was treated for a back strain and released.


Records, streaks and milestones: Randallstown, Wilde Lake and C. Milton Wright extended their winning streaks to 11 games, the area's longest, with victories in the state quarterfinals during the weekend.

* Dundalk, which lost to C. Milton Wright, 28-6, in a Class 3A quarterfinal Friday, and Old Mill, which lost to Wootton, 17-7, in a Class 4A quarterfinal Friday, were making their first appearances in the state playoffs.


No sooner had the lights gone on at Catonsville Community College than Randallstown's Larry Washington began to extinguish Seneca Valley's playoff hopes.

Friday's state Class 4A quarterfinal game at Catonsville Community College, which Randallstown won, 33-21, was the first night football playoff game in Baltimore County.

Randallstown will visit Oxon Hill in a Class 4A semifinal game Saturday at 1 p.m.

Just a few minutes into the game, Washington intercepted a pass and returned it 45 yards. Seven plays later, Washington (319 yards on 23 carries) scored the first of his five touchdowns on a 1-yard run. Washington, who later scored touchdowns on runs of 18, 61, 78 and 34 yards, has scored the Rams' past 10 touchdowns over two games.

The Rams were the home team on Friday, but the game was not played at Randallstown because the school does not have bleachers. Adequate seating is one of the state's requirements for playoff games.

"If you're a good football team, it doesn't matter where you play," Randallstown coach John Buchheister said. "We could play on a cow pasture and still be decent."


With his brother in attendance, C. Milton Wright sophomore Brad Fordyce intercepted a pass that set up a touchdown in the Mustangs' victory over Dundalk on Friday.

Fordyce's brother, Brian Fordyce, set a Harford County record by rushing for 1,705 yards last season. He is playing for West Virginia Wesleyan.

Despite Brian's graduation last spring, the Mustangs have enjoyed the best season in the school's 11-year history. Friday's victory was C. Milton' Wright's first in the state playoffs.

"I kid him a little bit," said Brad, referring to the Mustangs' success despite his brother's graduation.


Chesapeake coach Ken Johnson said he was impressed with Wilde Lake, which routed his Bayhawks, 43-6, in a Class 2A quarterfinal Saturday.

"We knew it would take a super performance on our part, and a mediocre performance on their part, for us to win," said Johnson, in his first year as coach at Chesapeake. "I've seen a lot of teams play. . . . Wilde Lake doesn't have a weakness."

The Wildecats, seeking their first state title since 1985, will play host to Douglass of Prince George's County in a semifinal Saturday at 1 p.m.

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