Howard routs Hebron, 46-0, for county crown Football

November 06, 1993|By Chuck Acquisto | Chuck Acquisto,Contributing Writer

Howard senior running back Guy Smith wasn't even born when the Lions last finished first in the Howard County football race back in 1975.

But thanks to last night's 46-0 victory over last-place Mount Hebron, Howard (9-1, 6-1) finally has another title, 18 years later.

"This meant everything becaue I've never won a football championship and I've been playing since I was 6 years old," said Smith, who had a 74-yard touchdown run that was called back but still surpassed 1,000 yards rushing for the second straight season.

Howard used a 13-play, first-quarter scoring drive to ease its pre-game excitement.

"We were a little anxious and did some dumb things at the start, but it was obvious we had a more physical team and things took care of themselves," Howard coach John Quinn said. "The kids worked really hard this year and they set this goal and made it happen."

After Howard fumbled away its opening possession, Lions junior quarterback Dalawn Parrish engineered a 77-yard scoring drive that culminated with his 20-yard touchdown pass to senior split end Brian Bush on third-and-18.

Carlton Fox passed to Scott Strother for the two-point conversion, giving the Lions an 8-0 lead with 2:25 left in the opening quarter.

"They have athletes. They're a great team that has it together with an offense and a defense that exploits their outstanding speed," said Mount Hebron coach Mark Cates.

The Vikings, dropping to 2-8 (0-7 in the county), were held to minus-57 yards total offense and no first downs.

Howard's offense, which leads the county in scoring, exploited a Mount Hebron defense that started six sophomores to score three touchdowns in an eight-minute span midway through the first half.

Strother (two carries, 72 yards) closed the first-quarter scoring with a 49-yard run that was set up by a fumble recovery by senior defensive tackle Anton Lomax.

Howard's front four, dominating Mount Hebron's offensive line, began a quarterback assault at the start of the second quarter. Lions senior nose guard Seth Eldridge (four sacks) recorded the first of nine Howard sacks of Vikings sophomore quarterbacks Brent Wilhorte and Andy Kartisek.

After Fox returned a line-drive punt by Mount Hebron's Jimmy Sawyer for a 25-yard score, Smith (11 carries, 99 yards) scored on the Lions's next play from scrimmage to make it 29-0 with 7:02 left in the first half.

"Our goal was to win the county, get into the playoffs and we achieved that," said Quinn. "Now we get to see if we belong with the big boys."

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