Howard uses size and speed to burn North Carroll, 40-0

September 11, 1993|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

North Carroll won the coin toss last night at Howard. The rest of the game belonged to the Lions.

Guy Smith rushed for 145 yards on only 10 carries and scored three touchdowns, as Howard used its superior size and speed to rout North Carroll, 40-0.

Howard rolled right from the beginning last night. Corey Curtis was the first Lion to touch the ball, and he raced 46 yards on a punt return.

On the Lions' first five plays from scrimmage, they ran for 4, 9, 13, 13 and 12 yards. They scored on their third play from scrimmage. Eight plays later, they scored again.

The Howard line stood much bigger than North Carroll's and created huge holes that its backs raced through. Howard finished with 272 yards rushing and 317 yards overall.

The Lions often ran behind right tackle Matt Allen. The senior spent much of the night opening big holes for the Howard backs.

Smith, in his few carries, often burst through the holes. The senior, who gained 145 yards in Howard's season-opening shutout of Parkville last week, had touchdown runs of 4, 13 and 62 yards.

"The [line] was doing a great job," said Smith. "Our line was blowing them out, and Corey Curtis was taking out the linebackers."

The Howard speed also showed up prominently on kick returns. The Lions returned the first three punts of the game for 45, 11 and 62 yards.

Curtis proved nearly unstoppable on the returns. He returned two punts for 107 yards, including a 62-yard touchdown, and one kickoff for 19. He finished with a 42-yard average (126 yards on three returns).

"[The speed] was the name of the game," said Howard coach John Quinn. "That's our asset this year. We've got guys who can run."

Quinn began pulling his first team toward the end of the first half, which ended with Howard up, 27-0. The Lions finished the first half with 155 yards total offense, compared with 1 yard for North Carroll.

Howard got a first down on its second play from scrimmage. The initial first down for North Carroll came on a penalty with under five minutes remaining in the first half and Howard leading 27-0.

The North Carroll offense finished with 75 yards, 63 on its last drive in the final moments of the game.

"We can't match up with speed like that," said North Carroll coach Bill Rumbaugh. "They've got what I'd pay for; they've got size and speed together."

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