Linganore romps, 34-12, ousts Wright in Class 3A

November 21, 1992|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

FREDERICK -- Heralded running back John Seymour, a 5-foot-9, 215-pound senior, gave C. Milton Wright a lot more than it could handle last night, as he led Linganore (11-0) into the Class 3A championship game.

The Lancers led at the half, then pulled away with two scores in the last 13 minutes for a 34-12 triumph. Wright, whose 11-game winning streak was broken, was held to 21 yards in the second half and never came close to scoring.

Seymour, who surpassed 2,000 rushing yards for the season and 4,000 for a career, was virtually unstoppable, as he ran 32 times for 282 yards and two touchdowns.

Tony Cioffi, a 5-10, 205-pound fullback, complemented Seymour with 93 yards and three touchdowns.

A split-second decision that backfired on C. Milton Wright midway through the second quarter could have been a crushing blow, but the Mustangs regrouped to pull to 20-12 at halftime.

The Lancers had just scored to go up 14-6, and on the ensuing kickoff Eric McEvoy took the ball and tried to toss it off to Chris Gill. It was a bad pitch, and Ben Arneson picked the ball off in mid-air and was dropped at the 2. Cioffi scored on the next play.

Wright could have folded at that point, but the players battled back behind quarterback Mike Schmidt and Gill.

A 1,000-yard rusher for the second straight year, Gill caught a pass and ran twice to put the ball on the Linganore 23. Schmidt rolled left and threw to the 6-2 Gill, who went up in front of a 5-6 defender, Arneson, to make the catch a stride into the end zone.

Defensive End Chet Mitchell, 6-4, 235 pounds, broke through to tackle Schmidt on an attempted run for two points.

"They're a better team -- bigger and stronger," C. Milton Wright coach Steve Harward said. "On McEvoy's pitch, we wanted to get the ball to Chris and it just didn't work right."

Wright's offense never got on track in the second half, as a 4-4 Linganore defensive alignment, anchored by Mitchell and Bret Thompson (6-6, 240) filled the gaps and the bigger Lancers simply overwhelmed Wright.

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