Late TD lifts Atholton over Mt. Hebron, 21-18

November 01, 1992|By Bob Caplan | Bob Caplan,Contributing Writer

After a scoreless first half, Atholton used a few big plays and good breaks yesterday to defeat host Mount Hebron, 21-18, despite a 309-yard rushing day from the Vikings' Travis Harriston.

Down 18-14, the Raiders (3-6, 2-4) scored with 2:45 remaining on a pass from Jason Albert to Greg Russo. Russo, who had played sparingly most of the game, caught three passes for 59 yards during the decisive drive.

"We controlled the football game," said Mount Hebron coach Mark Cates. "We did everything we had to except stop the big plays. This was a game where the dominant team didn't win."

Mount Hebron (1-8, 0-6) established a one-man running game early. Harriston carried seven times on the first possession for 50 yards, but a fumble on the 10-yard line killed the drive.

Harriston finished with 34 carries, picking up 199 of his 309 yards in the second half. His longest gain was a 71-yard touchdown run. He also had runs of 30, 28 and 20 yards.

Atholton relied on its passing game and the running of Carlando Love. Love ran for 88 yards on 14 carries and countered Harriston's 71-yard -- with a 50-yard scoring run that tied the game at 12.

"We had a pretty good scouting report and went with a six-man line," said Atholton coach Don Van Deusen. "You have to give credit to both teams for such a hard-fought game considering our records."

Jason Albert completed eight of 14 passes for Atholton but was sacked seven times. He started over Ryan McQueeney, who probably will miss the season finale because of a sore ankle.

"We rely so much on our quarterback with our offense," said Van Deusen. "We have the luxury of having two quality quarterbacks."

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