S. Carroll shocks Wilde Lake TD, 2-pointer at :10 topples No. 3, 15-14

September 04, 1993|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

Quarterback Tom Luster scored on a 1-yard run with 10 seconds left and then threw to Greg Mihalko for a two-point conversion as host South Carroll upset No. 3 Wilde Lake, 15-14, in the season opener for both teams last night.

Wilde Lake, a three-time defending state champion, had won 10 straight and 47 of its past 50. The Wildecats won their first title in 1990 on South Carroll's field.

The game was suspended for 54 minutes due to lightning immediately after South Carroll scored with 10:15 left in the second quarter. The lightning knocked out the stadium lights at one point during the delay.

Luster's score and conversion capped a seven-play, 74-yard drive that gave the Cavaliers the victory. Luster scored on a fourth-and-inches play. South Carroll coach Gene Brown decided go for two, even after the Cavaliers were pushed back 5 yards because of an illegal-procedure call.

From the 8-yard line, Luster rolled right and flipped a short pass to Mihalko, who raced into the right corner of the end zone for the winning conversion.

"It's all or nothing," said Luster, who played his first varsity game. "I didn't want a tie."

The big play of the drive also involved Luster and Mihalko. South Carroll had moved from its 21 to the Wildecats' 49 after Wilde Lake was hit with a pass-interference call and unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty on the same play.

Luster then found Chris Lyerly with a short pass, and Lyerly quickly lateraled to Mihalko. The old hook-and-lateral gained 43 yards for the Cavaliers and set up a first-and-goal at the 6. Four plays later, Luster scored.

Wilde Lake had just taken a 14-7 lead with 2:08 left when Allan Anderson scored from 1 yard out, and Luke Watson kicked the extra point.

"We should have been [ahead]," said Wilde Lake coach Doug DuVall. "We just made some critical mistakes."

Mistakes and missed chances hurt both teams in the first half. The Cavaliers fumbled three times, had one punt blocked and nearly saw a second one blocked.

Wilde Lake, meanwhile, helped South Carroll's first touchdown drive with an interference call. The Wildecats also could not convert fourth-down chances from the South Carroll 4-yard line in the first quarter and the 15 in the second.

South Carroll scored after the Wildecats failed at the 4. The Cavaliers mixed the run and pass to drive drove 95 yards on 13 plays, and scored when Mihalko ran 29 yards with 10:15 left in the first half. Mike Robitaille added the extra point for a 7-0 lead.

The game was then suspended. Wilde Lake tied it with 1:31 left when Mike Green blocked Corey Hill's punt. The ball squirted to the left sideline where Anderson picked it up and ran for a 19-yard touchdown. Luke Watson added the extra point to tie it.

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