Hornets wear out Glenelg Damascus gains semis, wins, 36-6

November 14, 1992|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

DAMASCUS -- The Damascus Hornets had too much speed and big-play capability, and it didn't take long for that decisive edge to show last night, as third-seed Damascus rolled to a 36-6 victory over sixth-seed Glenelg in a Class 2A quarterfinal.

The victory sends Damascus (10-1) to next week's 2A semifinal against the winner of tonight's Wicomico-Overlea quarterfinal. Damascus, which last won a state title in 1981, lost in the 2A finals in 1989 and 1990.

Glenelg (8-3), coming off a 2-8 season under second-year coach Ed Ashwell, made its first playoff appearance in seven years.

The Hornets' backfield of Alister Pinckney and Jody Trammell, which combined for more than 1,200 yards during the season, rushed for 343 yards and five touchdowns last night.

Trammell got the home crowd excited with first-half touchdown runs of 71 and 55 yards to give the Hornets a 14-0 halftime lead. He added a 39-yard run in the third quarter to make it 21-0 and finish with 195 yards rushing and three touchdowns on just eight carries.

Pinckney, who softened the Gladiators' defense in the first half for Trammell, came on to score the final two Damascus touchdowns, including a 50-yarder with 11:36 left that finished the scoring for Damascus. He wound up with 151 yards on 19 carries.

"They [Pinckney and Trammell] do that every night," Damascus coach Al Thomas said. "They don't have All-world statistics, but they both have speed, they both have good hands, they both block, they both catch. They're as good as any backs in this area."

Glenelg came into the game hampered by the loss of starting quarterback Sean Lookingbill, who broke his collarbone last week against Centennial.

That put more pressure on senior halfback Paul Brosenne, the county's top rusher who has been the Gladiators' spark all year.

Despite being keyed upon all night by the Damascus defense, Brosenne still managed 128 yards on 28 carries to finish with 1,570 yards.

"Having our quarterback would have made it easier, but it still would have been a tough game for us," Ashwell said. "They're a good team, and we've just got to get to the next level. And we'll get there. Forty other 2A teams are home, and we still got to play the 11th week."

Glenelg .0 0 0 6 -- 6

Damascus 7 7 15 7 -- 36

D -- Trammell 71 run (Turnbull kick)

D -- Trammell 55 run (Turnbull kick)

D -- Trammell 39 run (Turnbull kick)

D -- Pinckney 4 run (Ray pass from Dunn)

D -- Pinckney 50 run (Turnbull kick)

G -- Gross 7 pass from Hooker (pass failed)

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