North Harford edges John Carroll, 9-6

October 11, 1992|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

Jeff Buehler's first field-goal attempt was successful from 30 yards out three minutes into the fourth quarter, sealing North Harford's 9-6 Harford County League football victory over John Carroll yesterday.

This was the annual homecoming festival for North Harford, and the sunny, 75-degree weather brought out the Hawks' best.

A large and enthusiastic crowd saw the Hawks (2-4, 2-3), who had beaten Bel Air last week, win back-to-back games for the first time in four years.

All the points were scored in the first seven minutes and the last nine, although in the end it was a solid North Harford defense that proved to be the difference.

"That's been our force all year," said winning coach Lauren Lydic Jr., a John Carroll assistant before going to North Harford two years ago.

Another force for the winners was workhorse running back Rob Seifert, who finished with 25 carries for 159 yards and one touchdown.

The game could have gotten out of hand early, but a fumble negated good North Harford field position after it had scored its touchdown. A fumble set that one up, too, as Berney Gehring covered a missed exchange at the John Carroll 24.

Five plays later, from the 16, Seifert found running room outside and went in for the score. Buehler, who had made six straight conversions, had his attempt blocked.

John Carroll (1-5, 0-4), using a back-up center due to the absence of regular David Booth, got another bad exchange on its first down and Alan Umstead covered for the Hawks. This opportunity went by when Seifert fumbled and Scott Bocek recovered for Patriots at their 11.

After Buehler's field goal, the visitors, who had made it across midfield only once through the first 40 minutes, came right back to score.

Senior quarterback Dave Ishmael, under constant pressure all afternoon, went to wide receiver Dave Davis for 2 yards, then went right back to him on a play that went for 67 yards and a score.

Davis caught the ball over linebacker Jaysson Eicholtz at the North Harford 30 and outran Eicholtz to the end zone. Gehring partially blocked the extra-point attempt.

"We had a linebacker on that coverage and couldn't switch in time," Lydic said.

North Harford sophomore Joe Weiman, just up from the junior varsity, had a fumble recovery and a sack in the closing minutes. The recovery gave the home team a scoring opportunity at the John Carroll 30, but Seifert fumbled it back and Ron Mincy fell on it for the visitors.

John Carroll 0 0 0 6 -- 6

North Harford 6 0 0 3 -- 9

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