Powerful Wildecats in a league of their own

November 02, 1992|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,Contributing Writer

After Wilde Lake struggled to a 3-0 overtime victory over Howard on Sept. 25, Wildecats coach Doug DuVall was asked if the rest of Howard County had caught up with his team, the county's perennial power.

DuVall noted that Wilde Lake was hurt because it is the smallest school in the county and that "the league seems to be more balanced."

With one league game remaining, however, it is apparent that the balance of power has not shifted. The Wildecats clinched at least a share of their fourth consecutive county title by defeating Glenelg, 28-0, on Saturday.

The victory was Wilde Lake's 27th straight against Howard County opponents, including a 6-0 league record this season.

Except for the game against Howard, none of Wilde Lake's league games has been close. In fact, the Wildecats have outscored their county opponents, 188-0.

Records, streaks, milestones

* City's 26-0 win over Calvert Hall on Saturday extended the area's longest winning streak to 17.

* Sparrows Point's 20-6 victory over Milford Mill on Friday ended the area's longest losing streak at 30. Lansdowne, which lost to Parkville 42-0 on Friday, now owns the area's longest losing streak, 20 games.

* C. Milton Wright won its 32nd consecutive regular-season game, 28-0, over Joppatowne on Friday.

* Overlea's 36-14 victory over Loch Raven on Friday extended the Falcons' winning streak against Baltimore County opponents 36.

* Dunbar recorded its sixth straight shutout on Friday, 32-0, over Northern.

Point of no return

When Poly's Khari Tucker returned a punt 78 yards for an apparent touchdown against Delaware's Salesianum on Friday, it appeared to be the key play of the game.

And it was, unfortunately for Poly, which lost 12-7.

Tucker's return would have given the Engineers at least a 13-6 lead in a game in which offense was not at a premium. But Poly's Kendall West was called for clipping and the touchdown was called back.

"The punt being called back was the turning point of the game," Poly coach Augie Waibel said. "I thought our defense played well enough to win. You can't turn a good team like them back too many times."

Poly's Greg Kyler rushed for 124 yards on 17 carries to lead the Engineers, but was held to just nine yards on seven carries in the second half.

"Our defense played a great game in the second half," said Salesianum coach George Glenn, whose team is top-ranked by The Wilmington News Journal. "Poly's a good team and they kept coming back."

Top performances


* Most TDs: 13 players had 3.

* Longest TD rushing: Jeremy Turlington, Douglass, 82 yards.

* Longest TD passing: Terrence Wheeler, Southwestern, 85 yards to Melton Nichols.

* Longest kickoff return for a TD: Thomas Jackson, Carver, 96 yards.

* Longest punt return for a TD: Mike Quarles, North County, 85 yards.

* Longest interception return for a TD: Earl Smith, Patterson, 99 yards.

* Longest field goal: Mike Allan, Gilman, 37 yards.

Leading rushers

* Joe Coefield, Kenwood, 19 carries, 258 yards, 3 TDs.

* Chris Lewis, Southern-B, 11 carries, 181 yards, 3 TDs.

Leading passers

* Eric Howard, North County, 10-for-17, 264 yards, 3 TDs.

* E. J. Fitzgerald, Dunbar, 10-for-15, 248 yards, 2 TDs.

! Leading receivers

* Mike Quarles, North County, 12 catches, 277 yards, 2 TDs.

* Omar Parker, Dunbar, 3 catches, 89 yards.

Note: Top performances are based on statistics reported to The Baltimore Sun.

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