Westminster dominates Meade behind Mays, DiGasperi, 26-15

September 18, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

One game does not make a season.

But everything came together last night for Westminster against a solid Meade team in what had to be the best performance by an Owls football team in nearly three seasons.

Westminster dominated the first half and the opening minutes of the third quarter to take a 20-point lead and then coasted to a 26-15 victory over the Mustangs on a rainy night at Westminster.

Junior quarterback Steve Mays and senior running back Chris DiGasperi were impressive all night for Westminster (1-2), which entered the game with only three victories in the past 22 games.

Mays mixed a splendid running attack led by DiGasperi (150 yards on 18 carries) with some timely passing to keep the Meade defense off balance.

Mays also ran for one touchdown and passed eight yards to Tim Herb for another touchdown.

But more than his stats, Mays made the Westminster offense go with some slick ball-handling and faking throughout the game. Mays also displayed exceptional quickness in his ability to roll out and give the ball to the right running back at the right time.

DiGasperi scored on a 9-yard touchdown and set up Westminster's second touchdown with a 59-yard burst up the middle in the second quarter.

"We run first and pass second," said Westminster coach Jeff Oeming. "Chris was tremendous all night with the adjustments he made on his runs. He had to be smart and he was."

At times, Westminster was a 3-yards-and-a-load-of-mud offense and on occasion the Owls threw the ball with precision timing.

Senior running back Steve Kahler also joined in the offensive fireworks for the winners with a 27-yard touchdown run and some other fancy runs to keep scoring drives alive.

After falling behind, Meade (1-2) opened up its offense behind quarterback James Ellis who threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Walker and came close to completing some other long passes.

Walker (6-0, 190) was the best runner on the field most of the night but he had some trouble navigating on the wet turf at times and had to settle for 100 yards rushing.

Walker scored on a 1-yard touchdown run in addition to catching the touchdown pass, but his fumble on the last play of the third quarter hurt the Meade cause.

Walker fumbled at his 15, with Derick Brightful recovering for the Owls. Three plays later, Westminster scored on the Mays to Herb pass and the Owls were ahead, 26-7, with 10:32 left.

Meade coach Jerry Hartman, a former Navy assistant under Gary Tranquill, praised the Westminster preparation for his team.

"We didn't look past them," he said. "They just did a good job of getting ready offensively and we couldn't move against their defense."

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