St. Paul's shuts down St. Mary's, 14-0

September 26, 1992|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Staff Writer

ANNAPOLIS -- St. Paul's coach Mitch Tullai reached deep into his bag of tricks and pulled out a play that hadn't worked for ages.

The play, which involved a short pass and then a lateral, resulted in a 36-yard touchdown and broke a scoreless tie late in the third quarter. It triggered St. Paul's 14-0 Maryland Scholastic C Conference victory over St. Mary's yesterday in a steady rain.

Quarterback Chas Offutt threw a 6-yard pass to end Tucker Radebaugh, who had turned in. Radebaugh then lateraled to wingback Mike Watson, who raced the remaining 30 yards for the score.

"The play worked in part because St. Mary's was so heavy inside," Tullai said. "It helped that Radebaugh and Watson have good hands."

Said St. Mary's coach Brad Best: "It was a nice play. I think it confused our kids."

St. Paul's (3-0) scored again with two minutes remaining in the final quarter on Ben Strutt's 5-yard run. Matt Mueller kicked both extra points.

St. Mary's (2-2) lost a chance to take the lead in the second quarter and wasn't able to mount a threat thereafter.

After Offutt fumbled when hit by St. Mary's Joe Keenan, Mark Zeller grabbed the ball on the fly and raced to the 9-yard line. The Saints advanced no farther.

"Our defense was majestic," Tullai said. "We're gang tackling better and better every week."

Tullai was less than thrilled by the rash of penalties, but he attributed that to the "fact we were so high coming in. St. Mary's had beaten us the last two years."

St. Mary's was coming off an upset of Calvert Hall of the A Conference that, Tullai said, "splashed glory over the whole C Conference." However, that stunning victory could have led to a St. Mary's letdown.

"I wasn't concerned about that," Best said. "We worked them hard this week and they seemed to be ready. In retrospect, though, I guess the Calvert Hall win did have an effect on the team."

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