FootballThe only time Andrew Deming usually sees the...


November 16, 1993|By Rich Scherr


The only time Andrew Deming usually sees the football is in pre-game drills. But midway through Saturday's Maryland Pop Warner 8-10 boys semifinals, the Columbia Bulldogs' defensive

lineman got a rare chance for a close-up look.

And he made the most of it.

With his team trailing the Stembridge Eagles, 7-6, early in the second half, Deming fell on a loose ball in the end zone for the

game-winning touchdown in Columbia's 13-7 win.

The Bulldogs (5-2-1) advance to Saturday's Maryland Pop Warner finals against the Randallstown Panthers. The game will be played at Centennial Park in Columbia at a time to be announced.

Columbia took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter. Halfbacks Ian Green and Travis Irving played large roles in the drive, carrying the ball -- down the field to set up a 3-yard run up the middle by fullback Travis Poling.

But Stembridge quickly answered. Halfback Demetris Bolden scored from the 6, and his team converted the extra point to take a 7-6 lead near halftime.

The Bulldogs got the ball first in the second half, and took the ball from their own 45 to the Eagles' 1-foot line before giving up the ball on downs.

But the drive still paid off. The Eagles' first snap from center went through the quarterback's hands and into the end zone, where Deming pounced on it to give Columbia a 12-7 lead. Ian Green then ran in the conversion for the final margin.

* 9-11 boys -- The Columbia Bulldogs dropped a heart-breaker in Saturday's Maryland Pop Warner semifinals, losing to the Howard County Trojans, 19-13, in overtime.

The Bulldogs (5-4) held a 13-7 lead late in the fourth quarter before the Trojans' Charles Wilson scored his second touchdown of the game to send it to overtime. Columbia had the first shot to score in overtime, but couldn't punch the ball in on its four plays from the 10-yard line, turning the ball over to Howard County. Seconds later, the Trojans scored to end the game.

Youth soccer * Under-11 girls -- The Columbia Fury captured first place in Division II of the Washington Area Girls Soccer League last week be defeating the MSI Nighthawks, 5-1. Sheena Alavi scored two goals for the victors and Emily Knapp, Nicole Roy-Harrison and Katie Nelson added one apiece.

* Under-10 girls -- The Soccer Association of Columbia Dynamo completed its first season with a 2-0 victory over the Little River Soccer Club on Sunday, improving its season record to 4-2-3. Kimi Mongello scored the victors' first goal after a corner kick by Rebecca Valle, and Ashley Pollock added the other goal on a breakaway.

* Under-12 girls: The Columbia Eagles ended their Washington Area Girls Soccer League fall schedule with a 4-0 victory over SOTH Roadrunners. Sara Gibbs led the Eagles with two goals and Amy Rappaport and Michelle Dello-Russo each added a goal. Goalie Nicole Petro also played well.

* Under-13 boys -- The Columbia Blaze had its share of excitement over the weekend, earning a spot in the quarterfinals of State Cup competition and a tie for first place in National Capitol Soccer League play.

In State Cup play on Saturday, the Blaze split a pair of games, but a 6-0 win over the Olney Tigers assured the team a trip to the spring quarterfinals.

Leading the Blaze offense were Danny Liparini (three goals and an assist) and Aaron McKinley (goal and two assists).

The Blaze dropped its preliminary game to the defending state champion Bethesda Cobras, 3-1, despite the efforts of goalie Mike Martin and defenders Andy Hekimian, Terrill Gary, T. J. Clay, Jeff Ebaugh and Robby Falk.

With his team trailing, 2-0, Liparini scored his team's only goal.

Columbia bounced back Sunday for a 2-1 win over the Gunston && Crunch in NCSL play.

Liparini put his team ahead, 1-0, in the first half off a pass from Falk. McKinley scored the eventual game-winner in the second half by putting a liner just under the crossbar.

* 10-11 girls -- In their final game of the season, the Centennial Hurricanes defeated the Pumas, 4-0, in Soccer Association of Columbia neighborhood play.

Katie Elliot scored the hat trick to lead the Hurricanes, and Kelly Cureton added the team's other goal. Maggie Douglass, Lizzie Richman and keepers Lauren Bennett and Lauren Amos anchored the defense.

* Under-15 1/2 girls -- With a 2-0 win over the MSI Tigers on Sunday, the Columbia Courage locked up the fall championship in Division II of the Washington Area Girls Soccer League.

Kristy Lanman opened the scoring , taking a pass from Julie Hastings and lofting a shot over the goalie to give Columbia a 1-0 lead just 25 seconds into the game. Then, just 2:35 later, Samm Oehl made it 2-0, banging home a penalty kick after the Tigers were whistled for a handball in the box.

other league action, the Columbia Cougars completed their season undefeated and in first place in Division I after a 6-2 win over the Reston Wildfire.

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