Westminster is county champ Big plays beat South Carroll, 14-7 Football

November 06, 1993|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

South Carroll coach Gene Brown had little trouble explaining what happened last night against Westminster.

"Those two plays whipped us," said Brown.

The two plays Brown was referring to were Steve Kahler's 60-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and Chris DeGasperi's 43-yard scoring run 45 seconds later as Westminster defeated host South Carroll, 14-7, last night to win the Carroll County title.

This was the first county title for Westminster since 1990. South Carroll took it the past two years. Both teams finished at 4-6 this season. Westminster ended up 3-0 in the county, South Carroll 2-1.

The two scoring plays gave Westminster a quick 14-0 lead. Kahler got his touchdown on the Owls' fourth play of the game. The senior running back broke through a big hole and raced untouched for the 60-yard score with 8:11 left in the quarter.

"I just went through and picked up my blocking," said Kahler, who finished with 93 yards on 15 carries. "There was good downfield blocking."

Two plays later, Justin Sholkoff intercepted South Carroll quarterback Tom Luster at the Cavalier 43. On the next play, DeGasperi (85 yards on 14 carries) burst through the middle and raced for a 43-yard touchdown. He added the extra point with 7:26 left in the quarter for a 14-0 lead.

"That fired us up," said Kahler. "I think it put them down a lot."

The Cavaliers, who lost their final five games, may have been down but they recovered. They used several good scoring chances, and Westminster held a 14-0 lead at halftime.

South Carroll saw first-half drives end at the Westminster 24, 21, 1 and 43. The Cavaliers' biggest miss may have been on the second quarter march that stalled at the 1.

The Cavaliers took over at the Owls' 44 after a Westminster punt. South Carroll advanced to the 5, where it had first and goal, but could not score. Westminster stopped Greg Mihalko on fourth-and-goal from the 1.

The second half started in favor of South Carroll and Mihalko. South Carroll started at its 33, and the junior running back ran for 9, 21 and minus-2 before breaking off a 39-yard touchdown run with 9:45 left in the quarter.

Westminster answered, however, with a 21-play drive that ate up 9:57. The Owls stalled at the South Carroll 16, but the momentum had shifted.

South Carroll had been passing a lot in recent weeks, and Westminster coach Jeff Oeming said the Owls tried to stop Luster and his corps of receivers. Westminster double-teamed the South Carroll wide-outs to try and take away the short passes and force the Cavaliers inside.

Luster completed five of his first six passes, but finished by hitting just nine of 24 for 108 yards. Mihalko paced the ground game with 80 yards on 16 carries, but the Cavaliers often struggled moving the ball.

"We played up the county championship," said Oeming. "It was something the kids wanted. And they deserve all the credit."

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