Fallston gets in gear, runs past John Carroll Football

September 26, 1993|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

Fallston (4-0, 3-0), relying on a crushing rushing game directed by a backup quarterback, rallied for two second-half touchdowns to defeat John Carroll, 18-10, in a Harford County League game yesterday.

For John Carroll (1-3, 0-2), winless against county teams in its last 10 starts, this was its second best defensive effort over that span.

The Patriots, led on defense by Rick McElroy, Chris Kufera and Luke Seeger, twice thwarted Fallston inside their 15-yard line.

In the end, however, Fallston simply wore down the opposition. It had too many runners working behind a solid offensive line.

And when the tackles are Chris Harrison, a two-way leader, at 6 feet 3 and 230 pounds, and Russell Cook, 6-2 and 272, it makes the job easier.

One player Fallston did not have for much of the way was starting quarterback/defensive back Brad Thomas, who was sidelined with an ankle injury in the second quarter.

John Carroll had leads of 3-0 and 10-6 before Fallston went in front to stay, capitalizing on good field position following Dave McKinney's 12-yard punt return to the John Carroll 35.

A running play gained three yards and then reserve quarterback Tom Wirth looped a pass to 6-5 Ephriam Dorsey, who went up to make the catch in front of 6-1 defender Ryan Stangle at the 4. Freshman workhorse Matt Sutphin carried to the 1, and Wirth went into the end zone behind Harrison.

"This was the longest I've played," Wirth said. He saw occasional quarterback work last year, but none in this season's first three games. However, he is a two-way regular at end, and thought that this gave him a feel for the game when inserted at quarterback.

"I'd rather run than pass; I don't have much of an arm," he said. "And, really, I like defense better."

He said the coaches made some changes at the half, pointing out how to correct his mistakes.

"Besides, we seem to be a second-half team, one that likes to grind it out," he said.

After the score, John Carroll forced a punt on the Fallston's next possession, but some miscommunication resulted in a fumble and Fallston recovered at midfield. Sutphin carried seven straight times in chewing up 31 yards to get the final points.

The home team went on the scoreboard first, senior quarterback Dave Westervelt kicking a 30-yard field goal after an opening possession stalled at the Fallston 12. The Cougars came right back to go 64 yards in eight running plays, McKinney going the last three.

John Carroll countered with a go-ahead touchdown following Bill Lort's 20-yard kickoff return. On the last play of the quarter, Westervelt hit Stangle with a 35-yard touchdown pass.

But Fallston had too much of a ground game for the Patriots.

"That's the best running game we've had all year," said Fallston coach Dave Cesky, pointing to 55 running plays, including 26 (for 131 yards) by Sutphin.

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