Howard passes Oakland Mills, 13-7

November 01, 1992|By Michael Richman | Michael Richman,Contributing Writer

Before yesterday's game against host Oakland Mills, Howard coach John Quinn stressed that his Lions constantly would run the football.

Faced with cold and damp conditions, he lived up to his word, calling for 37 rushes and seven passes in a 13-7 victory.

Both of Howard's scores stemmed from quarterback Dalawn Parrish's clutch play. On fourth down, he threw 22 yards to receiver Jamaal Tyler. And on third-and-21, he scrambled 50 yards into the end zone to put the Lions ahead 13-7 in the third period.

Before it celebrated, though, Howard needed a stingy defensive effort. The Scorpions drove 41 yards to Howard's 13 with 1:39 left. But linebacker Guy Smith and nose guard Seth Eldridge stuffed Derek "Pee Wee" Brooks for a 4-yard loss on third-and-8. Oakland Mills' Lang Wethington caught a fourth-down pass, but came up 2 yards short.

"It was slippery out there and you had to be very careful with the ball," Parrish said.

Howard had opened a 6-0 lead on its opening drive. Curtis McTavish was stopped for no gain on third-and-2. But on the next play, Tyler, a

receiver, sneaked into a deserted defensive backfield and ran under Parrish's toss for the score.

With the same score by the second half's opening kickoff, a crunching hit by the Scorpions' Ricky Leon jarred the ball from Fox. Oakland Mills recovered on the 24, and five plays later, reserve quarterback Jake Daft optioned and ran 22 yards for a touchdown. McTavish blocked Chad Fekel's extra point for a 6-6 score.

Parrish accounted for the final score with 1:20 left in the third quarter. After dropping back to pass, he stepped into a crease, cut left and outraced defenders for the touchdown. Ben Krupka's conversion provided Howard with its six-point edge.

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