Strikers 13-0 In November, But Grow Cold In December

December 04, 1991

Coach Mike Roy had only one complaint about his Freedom Strikers' outstanding fall soccer season.

November should have had more days.

His team was 13-0 last month, winning the Carroll County Boys' Soccer League's regular and post-season titles.

In addition, the Strikers topped Carroll Manor, 2-0, at Baltimore's Utz Tardowicz Park, to finish ahead of 49 other teams and win the Keith von Eron BaltimoreMetro Classic's under-12 title Thanksgiving eve.

Until then, no Carroll team had ever won a championship in that tourney's 10-year history.

But during the cold December rains, the Strikers' flames were extinguished Sunday at Hannah More School in Reisterstown, Baltimore County.

The Baltimore Football Club blanked Freedom, 2-0, to winthe Reisterstown Tournament's under-12 crown.

"They're just an awful good team," said Roy, an Eldersburg resident, of his opponents.

But November had been a lot of fun.

Freedom had topped Pikesville, 2-1, in the Carroll County Boys' League post-season finale to avenge a loss to that Baltimore County team that knocked Freedom out lastyear's playoffs.

Then, Freedom went 7-0 in winning the Metro tourney.

"It was a really good November," said Roy.

His team has excelled throughout the fall, winning three leagues or tournaments and finishing second in four others

"The boys surpassed my expectations for the year. They played an awful lot of games and did very well,"Roy said.

Meanwhile, in the Pikesville Tournament in Baltimore County, Pikesville topped Deer Park, 3-1, Sunday morning at Woodholme Park to win the under-14 boys division.

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Most Carroll County Football League youth teams performed well at the first Turkey Bowl Saturday in the Perry Hall-Parkville-Overlea area of Baltimore County.

North Carroll and Westminster won two games and Winfield split a pair in the fund-raising event run by the Overlea Raiders youth football group.

Only Sykesville failed to prosper. Bel Air blanked the Raiders' A squad, 32-0, at Perry Hall Middle, and the Sykesville B and C teams dropped 20-0 verdicts to Overlea and Arbutus, respectively, at Fullerton Park.

North Carroll's C squad crushed Jarrettsville, 48-6, at Double Rock Park in Parkville.

The Panthers amassed 332 yards, 97 by halfback Mike Taylor, who scored four touchdowns.

Backfield mate Steve Suter ran for 197 yards and scored twice on 37-yard runs.

North Carroll's B's blanked Jarrettsville, 24-0, as Chad Crowe, Shane Lettau, Eric Etzel and Vince Hackler scored touchdowns.

Parkville blanked the Winfield B team, 19-0, but Winfield's A's toppedJarrettsville, 45-0, in games played at Double Rock.

"It was a nice closing out of the year with a win against a team we haven't played before," said Winfield A coach Mark Lankford.

In the drubbing ofJarrettsville, Chad Counts scored three touchdowns, Tim Bruggerman scored two touchdowns, and Charlie Conaway and Matt O'Donnell had one each.

Westminster pulled away to a 39-12 win over Edgewood at Perry Hall Middle.

Tavon Saunders ran two early kickoffs back for scores and quarterback Greg Frech romped 10 yards for a second-quarter touchdown to put Westminster ahead for good, 19-12.

Quinton Woodyard, Saunders, and Scott Carniegie all scored later to turn the game into a rout.

"The way they played today, they could have beaten anybody," said Westminster C coach John Frech.

The Westminster B team handled Bel Air, 20-6, at Perry Hall Middle, as Ray Henry ran for two scores and passed to end Chris Gibson for the other.

Afterward, B coach Tom Smith that reflected the wishes of many youth coaches who have been at it since early August.

"(Now) I'll just sit down and look at tapes for a while and then sit with my feet propped up and notdo a whole heck of a lot," he said with a laugh.

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