Pointers break hex, win, 20-6

October 31, 1992|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

As time wound down in yesterday's game, some Sparrows Point players wept, while others argued about the correct way to douse their coach with Gatorade.

And the coach, it seemed, was in a world all his own. "Oh, baby. Oh, baby. It's over. The monkey's off our backs," screamed Russ Lingner, running up and down the Pointers sideline.

For host Sparrows Point, the 20-6 win over Milford Mill was something to scream about. The victory was the team's first since Nov. 2, 1989, and broke a string of 30 consecutive losses.

What's more, it gave Baltimore County's smallest school a reason to celebrate.

"Words can't describe this," said Pointers running back Jim Cavasina. "It's just the most incredible feeling I've ever had. I feel like crying."

"We had this gorilla on our backs that just kept growing and growing," said Lingner. "I feel like a balloon that's just been popped. I'm just sort of fluttering around in the air, and I don't want to come down."

But for a Sparrows Point team with 19 players on its roster, it was a case of mind over matter. Milford Mill, a Class 1A state semifinalist last year, was also determined to post its first win.

The game featured 105 yards in penalties, six turnovers -- including two by Sparrows Point (1-8, 1-inside the Millers' 10 -- and a myriad of dropped passes and missed assignments. But it was Cavasina who stole the show, rushing 25 times for 132 yards, and scoring a pair of touchdowns.

As the Pointers' main offensive weapon, Cavasina gained at least 5 yards on nine different carries.

A touchdown by teammate Mike Donohue, with 4:16 to play in the first quarter, put the Pointers on top.

With Milford Mill (0-9, 0-6) driving from its 18, Donohue, a defensive back, slipped into the backfield, picked off a Ryan Greene pitch and raced 11 yards into the end zone to give his team a 6-0 lead.

The Pointers took the lead into the third quarter before the Millers answered. With 2:21 left, Greene connected with Raymond Pitchford down the right sideline for a 61-yard touchdown reception, tying the score at 6-6.

It stayed that way until late in the fourth quarter, when Cavasina picked off Greene's screen pass and raced 33 yards into the end zone to put the Pointers ahead, 12-6, with 3:33 left.

The Pointers sealed the win seconds later, when Don Peters picked off a Greene bomb at the Sparrows Point 45. Four plays later, Cavasina scored from 18 yards out with 44 seconds left, touching off a wild celebration.

Lingner, who in three years of coaching the team had never experienced a win, said he didn't quite know how to react.

"I guess the only thing that might approach this would be the birth of my first baby," said Lingner. "But he'd have to be one heck of a special kid."

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