Linganore reigns in shortened game

October 10, 1992|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

Lightning and thunder struck three times in the first half last night at South Carroll.

And when the air cleared, the Linganore Lancers and their hard-running tailback John Seymour had bolted to a 21-0 lead and they went on to a 28-0 victory over the Cavaliers in an important Central Maryland Conference game that was shortened because of the weather.

The game was called with 5:55 left in the third quarter and ruled an official win for unbeaten Linganore (6-0). South Carroll fell to 4-2.

"This game was not indicative of how we've played this season," said South Carroll coach Gene Brown.

Brown said it hurt to lose the game without playing the last 1 1/2 quarters but added: "This lightning is too much. I don't even want to stay out here too long myself talking about the game."

Before the real thunder and lightning hit to eventually end the game after the start of the third quarter was delayed 30 minutes, the thunder belonged to bruising running backs Seymour and South Carroll's Mike Dodd.

Dodd rushed for 62 yards in the first quarter and was close to giving his team a 6-0 lead, and Seymour countered with 106 in the second quarter.

Seymour, who was virtually unstoppable, wound up with 146 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries in a little more than 2 1/2 quarters.

Seymour, 5-9, 215 pounds, has rushed for 1,131 yards in just six games. In most of those games, Seymour has not even played the fourth quarter.

Seymour nearly scored all four touchdowns for the Lancers.

He was headed for the end zone in the second quarter from 27 yards out but suddenly fumbled the ball at the 1-yard line. The ball rolled into the end zone and wide receiver Chris Smith fell on it for the touchdown.

Seymour scored the other three touchdowns on a 15-yard run, 2-yard smash up the middle and a 1-yard dive.

In the first quarter, Dodd, 6-3, 237, was the whole show in the game as he led the home team on two impressive drives.

The first drive of 46 yards stalled at the 20-yard line of Linganore lTC when running back Geoff Weisenborn slipped and fell while trying to turn the corner on a fourth and six attempt.

The second march ended abruptly and on a bizarre note when Dodd was headed for the end zone and suddenly had the ball stripped from him by Linganore defensive back Ben Arneson at the 5-yard line on the next to last play of the first quarter.

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