McDonogh ends St. Paul's streak at 17

September 18, 1993|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

Dwayne Stukes scored four touchdowns to help McDonogh win its season opener last week. He scored one yesterday.

But it was enough.

Stukes turned a short pass from quarterback Bobby Sabelhaus into a 49-yard touchdown with 4:03 left, and Sabelhaus kicked the extra point to give No. 3 McDonogh a 7-6 victory over host St. Paul's (2-1).

The loss ended St. Paul's 17-game winning streak. The Crusaders' last loss came to St. Mary's in the third game of the 1991 season. St. Paul's has won or shared the Maryland Scholastic Association C Conference title each of the past four seasons.

Things did not look too promising for McDonogh (2-0) when it took over at its 16 with a little less than seven minutes left. The offense had sputtered much of the game, and Sabelhaus had completed six of 21 passes.

McDonogh went to the short pass, and its offense began clicking. Sabelhaus completed four straight passes that moved the Eagles to the St. Paul's 45. After an incomplete pass, a penalty pushed McDonogh back to the Crusaders' 49.

Sabelhaus then flipped a swing pass to Stukes, coming out of the backfield on the left side. Stukes caught the ball in front of the St. Paul's bench and weaved his way through the defense for the touchdown. Sabelhaus added the extra point, after a five-yard penalty against McDonogh for delay of game.

"I wanted a touchdown," said Stukes. "I had to think optimistically. Time was running down, and I knew we needed a touchdown."

Sabelhaus said the Eagles knew they were on the verge of seeing St. Paul's score a big victory.

"They really scared us," said Sabelhaus, who completed 11 of 27 for 145 yards. "I think we finally realized that we could lose this game."

St. Paul's defense did a good job keeping the explosive McDonogh offense quiet. The Eagles gained 58 yards rushing, as linebacker/defensive end Pete Karvounis, linebacker Jason Rockwell and defensive tackles John Greene and Scott Kim turned in strong performances. Also, the Crusaders were without defensive star Shawn Bean, out with a knee injury.

"They [drove] several times, and each time we were able to withstand them," said St. Paul's coach Mitch Tullai, who credited defensive coordinator Rick Collins and assistant Brian Abbott with preparing the defense well. "They wore us down with size, and they've got some blazing speed."

St. Paul's put pressure on McDonogh with a touchdown seven minutes into the game. The Crusaders' Fred Peightal recovered Dennis Badham's fumble at the McDonogh 21 on the fourth play of the game.

Running back John Solter then went to work. He carried the ball three times and caught one pass to help move St. Paul's to the McDonogh 1-yard line. On a fourth-and-goal, Solter scored from a yard out to give the Crusaders a 6-0 lead.

Solter, the area's leading rusher (and second-leading scorer) coming into the game, caused McDonogh problems all day. He finished with 127 yards on 18 carries.

McDonogh coach Mike Working said his team was a little too pumped up early in the game, and the quick St. Paul's touchdown did not help matters.

"Our kids wanted to win so badly that they got out of sync," said Working. "Everyone was trying to make the big play."

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