Liberty beats North Carroll, 12-6, to end streak Carroll County

November 07, 1992|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

The celebration began the moment the game ended. The Liberty players embraced teammates and fans, threw footballs and helmets and, in general, went a little crazy.

The Lions ended a 17-game, two-season losing streak with the 12-6 victory over visiting North Carroll. Ross Yastrzemsky's 21-yard touchdown pass to Eric Priddy with 4:29 left gave the Lions the victory.

The game was stopped with 14 seconds to go following a bench-clearing brawl involving both teams. Since Liberty was running out the clock, it was agreed to stop the game at that point.

Liberty finished 1-9 overall and 1-5 in the Central Maryland Conference. North Carroll ended 0-10 and 0-6 in the CMC.

The Panthers' last victory came in the final game of 1991, against Liberty.

Liberty had last won in the second game of the 1991 season when it defeated Atholton. This win had been long-awaited by the Liberty players and coaches.

"It's a big relief," said Liberty coach John Magee, while in the midst of the on-field celebration. "They kept on [trying] when it would have been easy to quit."

Priddy said the rest of the players were ecstatic at seeing the pressure of the streak end. In fact, he said he was ready to go out and play another game.

The winning play symbolized the Liberty struggle. Yastrzemsky rolled right, came back to the left while avoiding two tacklers and then threw to Priddy. He caught the ball in traffic and raced in for the 21-yard touchdown.

Liberty received a big break on the next-to-last play of the third quarter. With the game tied at 6, Steve Long of North Carroll broke free and scored on a 70-yard punt return. The play was called back because of a clipping penalty.

"It's just a game where one break's going to win," said NortCarroll coach Randy Clark. "They got the big break."

North Carroll made the first break in the first quarter. Matt Lovetro burst up the middle for a 33-yard run to give the Panthers a first down at the Lions' 12.

Four plays later, Lovetro scored on a 1-yard run for a 6-0 lead

with 2 minutes, 30 seconds left in the quarter.

Liberty came right back, however, driving 80 yards on just four plays. La-Shawn Woodyard swept left for 41 yards. Yastrzemsky then hit Doug Coppeler with a 20-yard sideline pass.

From there, Terry Rheubottom ran for 12 for first-and-goal from the 7-yard line. Woodyard then swept left and went in untouched for the tying score with 52 seconds left in the quarter.

Both teams missed on chances to score in the second half. North Carroll failed on its final drive. The Panthers drove to the Liberty 27 in the final two minutes, but two penalties pushed them back and stopped the drive.

N. Carroll 6 0 0 0 -- 6

Liberty .. 6 0 0 6 -- 12

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