Wildecats keep Scorpions down, 22-0

October 04, 1992|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

Wilde Lake's football team made its share of mistakes yesterday, but unlike Oakland Mills, the visiting Wildecats took advantage of the gifts that came their way.

The result was a 22-0 victory that marked Wilde Lake's 23rd straight win over Howard County teams and kept the 0-5 Scorpions reeling in their worst start in 18 years.

Over the years, the game usually has had county title implications. While the Wildecats (4-1, 2-0) are seeking a fourth straight county championship and a third consecutive state crown, Oakland Mills is trying to salvage some respectability.

So far, the Scorpions have looked nothing like the perennial playoff team they've been.

Their offense stalled repeatedly, committing three turnovers, two which led to Wilde Lake scores, as they suffered their fourth shutout of the season. In addition, a costly penalty enabled the Wildecats to continue a fourth-quarter drive that produced the game's final touchdown.

"It's tough when you're used to being successful. We're just not cashing in on opportunities, and we're doing dumb things that are giving teams advantages they aren't always earning," said Oakland Mills coach Ken Klock, whose team has been outscored, 138-8, and has produced one touchdown in 20 quarters.

Yesterday was a perfect example. Early in each half, Wilde Lake committed a turnover, giving Oakland Mills the ball inside the Wildecats' 25. On the first possession, the Scorpions lost 10 yards on three plays and punted. And on their first possession of the second half, Oakland Mills quarterback Chad Fekel threw an ill-advised pass that Donald Gibson picked off and returned 85 yards for a touchdown that gave the Wildecats a 16-0 lead.

Oakland Mills had hoped to cut off the Wildecats' potent rushing at tack with an eight-man front, but the strategy failed as Wilde Lake rolled up 206 yards rushing.

Nate Cassella, making his first start in the backfield, led the way with 103 yards on 17 carries. Mike Green added 81 yards on 13 attempts.

Wilde Lake jumped out quickly with a 95-yard drive. Green opened the drive with a 22-yard run, followed by Cassella's 49-yard run. Three plays later, Gibson ran up the middle for his first score.

Late in the first half, the Scorpions committed their first costly blunder. After stopping the Wildecats at the Scorpions' 35, they fumbled the ensuing punt, setting up Seth Willingham's 34-yard field goal with eight seconds left to give Wilde Lake a 9-0 halftime lead.

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