It's pay-back time at Woodlawn Team wants coach to go out a winner

September 28, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

His team lost, 22-0. The game was played in a downpour on a mud-soaked field. And he lost two of his key players to injuries.

But Lansdowne coach Gary Hesselbein was just happy his team was able to play.

The Vikings played their season opener against Dundalk Friday after they forfeited their first three games because of a lack of players.

"It felt good to get out there on the field," Hesselbein said. "My kids played their hearts out. We did the best we could."

Lansdowne had just 13 players Friday, but the decision was made to play rather than forfeit another game and call off the rest of the season.

"It was sent down from [Baltimore County] administration that we would have to play or forfeit the rest of the season," Hesselbein said.

Quarterback/linebacker/punter/kicker Bob Wheelton and fullback/linebacker John Carter suffered injuries during the game that prevented them from playing the second half, leaving Lansdowne with 11 players.

"With just 11 kids, nobody was allowed to leave the field," Hesselbein said. "They put forth a great effort just to play a whole game."

Records, streaks, milestones

* Top-ranked City's 30-6 victory over Southern of Baltimore Friday extended the area's longest winning streak to 12.

* Sparrows Point's 30-0 loss to Kenwood Friday extended the area's longest losing streak to 26.

* Joppatowne's string of three consecutive shutout victories ended Saturday, but the Mariners still prevailed over Bohemia Manor, 30-7.

* Towson junior Tex DeLeon rushed for 242 yards against Loch Raven Friday, his third straight 200-yard game.

Falcons on the rise

Some eyebrows were raised among followers of Anne Arundel County football when traditional power Severna Park lost to Queen Anne's Sept. 11.

The 19-16 loss to Queen Anne's -- a team the Falcons had defeated, 35-10, last season -- dropped Severna Park's record to 0-2. But Severna Park won its next two games against Old Mill and Chesapeake by a combined score of 73-20.

"They've responded very well. They're learning to win," said Severna Park coach Andy Borland, who has just nine seniors on his team.

"We really haven't beaten anyone yet," he said. "But we're not that bad. Whether we can stay with Annapolis and North County remains to be seen."

If Severna Park is to return to the state playoffs for the fourth time in six seasons, it will have to beat both of those teams and everyone else remaining on its schedule.

"We can't lose another game," Borland said. "No 7-3 team has ever made it to the [4A] state playoffs."

Borland knows that all too well. Last season, Severna Park won six of its last seven to finish 7-3. That record was good enough for a share of the Anne Arundel County League title, but the Falcons didn't qualify for the playoffs."

Wilde Lake's other streak

Seventh-ranked Wilde Lake's 28-game winning streak was ended last weekend by Southern of Anne Arundel County, but the Wildecats still have another streak intact.

Wilde Lake has won 22 consecutive Howard County league games since it lost to Oakland Mills, 14-3, in November 1988.

The Wildecats had to go to overtime against Howard Friday to extend the streak. Seth Willingham kicked a 25-yard field goal to give Wilde Lake a 3-0 victory.

Is the rest of the county gaining on the Wildecats?

"We're hurt because of our size," Wilde Lake coach Doug DuVall said. "We really only have 18 kids that play. That's equaled us up."

DuVall also said that some teams in the county have improved.

8, "It seems to be more balanced," he said.

In case you missed it

In a late game Saturday, Mike Dodd rushed for two touchdowns to lead host South Carroll (3-1, 1-0) to a 13-0 victory over Liberty (0-4, 0-1) in the Central Maryland Conference.

Top performances

Numbers * Most TDs: Four players had 3.

* Longest TD rushing: Robert Arthur, Forest Park, 88 yards.

* Longest TD passing: Greg Avery, South River, 87 yards to Jason Fullmer.

* Longest kickoff return for a TD: Reggie Boyce, Loyola, 99 yards.

* Longest interception return for a TD: Dorian Christian, Walbrook, 67 yards.

* Longest fumble recovery and return for a TD: Melton Nichols, Southwestern, 71 yards.

L * Longest field goal: Seth Willingham, Wilde Lake, 25 yards.

Leading rushers * Tex DeLeon, Towson, 14 carries, 242 yards, 1 TD.

* Chad Gary, Joppatowne, 29 carries, 182 yards, 2 TDs.

* Chris Kelly, Northeast, 28 carries, 180 yards, 2 TDs.

Leading passers * Terrence Suber, City, 8-for-12, 196 yards.

* Maurice Blanding, Edmondson, 4-for-8, 170 yards, 2 TDs.

* Todd Retchless, Dulaney, 7-for-15, 149 yards, 1 TD.

@Leading receivers * Jason Fullmer, South River, 2 catches, 106 yards, 2 TDs.

* James Coombs, Edmondson, 5 catches, 95 yards, 2 TDs.

* Darryl Esteppe, Owings Mills, 4 catches, 66 yards, 2 TDs.

Note: Top performances are based on statistics reported to The Sun.

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