Wilde Lake streaks along, 22-8

September 13, 1992|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,Staff Writer

With Dundalk holding a one-point lead and driving early in th fourth quarter, Wilde Lake's 27-game winning streak seemed to be in jeopardy.

But the third-ranked Wildecats stopped Dundalk, and on the next play Seth Willingham threw an 81-yard touchdown pass to Craig Butler.

That's how quickly the game can turn around for Wilde Lake, which hasn't lost since the 1989 state playoffs. The two-time defending state champions extended their winning streak to 28 after yesterday's 22-8 victory over host Dundalk (1-1).

"Poise and speed were the two key ingredients," Wilde Lake coach Doug DuVall said. "We just never gave up."

And neither did Dundalk. Yesterday's game bore little resemblance to last year's contest, which Wilde Lake won, 27-0.

"They're a good football team," DuVall said. "I'm just thrilled to win it."

The Owls had taken an 8-7 lead after Travis Thornton's 65-yard interception return for a touchdown and Jason Wilcox's run for the two-point conversion with 7 minutes, 45 seconds remaining in the second quarter. Dundalk maintained that lead until the fourth quarter.

A crucial clipping penalty helped stall a promising drive by the Owls early in the fourth quarter. The penalty negated a 13-yard run by quarterback Rich Venker to Wilde Lake's 13, and pushed Dundalk back to a second-and-20 from the 36.

pTC After Dundalk turned the ball over on downs, Willingham (6-for-14, 128 yards) connected with Butler for the winning score with 7:15 left. Thornton, who had two interceptions, turned the wrong way this time, leaving Butler wide open along the left sidelines.

"Nine out of 10 times he'll turn the right way," Dundalk coach Dave Dixon said of Thornton. "That was the one time. And they needed a perfect pass and they got it."

The Wildecats erased any hopes of a Dundalk comeback when Chris Paul stripped the ball from Venker and ran 45 yards for a touchdown with 1:40 remaining.

A fumble recovery by Paul also set up Wilde Lake's touchdown in the first quarter when Paul Knox stripped Wilcox of the ball and Paul recovered at Dundalk's 45. Nine plays later, Willingham threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Mike Green.

"[Stripping the ball] is part of playing good defense," said DuVall, whose defense held the Owls scoreless despite two drives inside Wilde Lake's 20 and a 107-yard rushing game from John Satterfield.

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