Wilde Lake routs Centennial, 35-0 Wildecats extend county streak to 32

October 18, 1992|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

With an uneasiness in his voice and a grin on his face, Centennial football coach Ed Holshue offered a fair assessment of yesterday's 35-0 Howard County League loss to No. 10 Wilde Lake.

"You just saw a re-enactment of Little Big Horn," said Holshue.

Well, it certainly was a mismatch, as host Wilde Lake rolled up 403 yards of total offense against the outsized and outmanned Eagles.

Mike Green rushed 10 times for 105 yards and three touchdowns, and Nate Cassella added 86 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.

"I just stayed in my zone and followed the blocks," said Green. "The line was blocking really good."

Green scored on runs of 9, 18 and 23 yards, all in a first half in which Wilde Lake out-gained Centennial, 209-5. The Wildecats picked up 18 first downs to the Eagles' four and didn't punt all day.

"We sort of expected this," said Wilde Lake coach Doug DuVall, who raised his career record to 163-35. "They're a young team, and we've only lost one Homecoming game in 20 years. We just played real well."

Wilde Lake (6-1, 4-0) extended its Howard County winning streak to 32 games. In their past four victories, the Wildecats have outscored the opposition, 101-0.

Wilde Lake dominated, especially in the first half, when it held Centennial (3-4, 2-2) to one first down.

The Eagles played their first two possessions in the no-huddle offense, but to little avail. Quarterback Brian Dowell completed just one of five passes, and Centennial failed to move the ball.

For Wilde Lake, however, the story was quite different. The Wildecats came out running, and gained at least six yards on six of their first seven offensive plays.

Green led the attack, carrying nine times for 73 yards and all three touchdowns. Cassella, in only his third game at running back after starting the season at tight end, added 72 yards on nine carries.

For the Eagles, there wasn't much to cheer about.

With 26 underclassmen on the roster, however, Holshue said he's confident that it's only a matter of time before Centennial blossoms.

"We're working toward the future," said Holshue. "We just don't have the confidence yet because we're young. We have to learn to dictate rather than be dictated to."

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