It's a breeze for MSA stars again in 35-6 rout

December 06, 1993|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Make that seven in a row for the Maryland Scholastic Association All-Stars.

Playing in a wind that shredded inferior umbrellas and sent spectators' hats flying around Homewood Field, the MSA All-Stars controlled the line of scrimmage and their own destiny en route to a 35-6 victory over the Baltimore County All-Stars in yesterday's Greater Baltimore Football Classic at Johns Hopkins University.

The 12th annual meeting between Baltimore County's top 45 seniors and those of the soon-to-be-defunct MSA, featured 10 turnovers, including five fumbles and one interception by the winners.

"It was a matter of adjusting to the elements for us and for them," said MSA coach Roger Wrenn, who saw his team turn the ball over on its first two possessions. "It was very hard to hold onto the ball, but in the trenches, where it counted, we outplayed them and that was probably the story of the game."

The county All-Stars, who have won only three of the last 12 contests, took advantage of some excellent field position after the first of two fumble recoveries by Woodlawn linebacker Trevore Walker. Eight plays later, the county contingent found itself leading 6-0, with Eastern Tech running back Ira McCullough getting the touchdown from 4 yards out.

Walker's second fumble recovery on the the ensuing possession gave the county All-Stars another shot from inside the 30, but that drive ended when Patterson's Earl Smith picked off a pass by Dundalk quarterback Richard Venker.

The MSA took over near midfield and eight plays later were celebrating a tied ballgame after a 6-yard touchdown run by Poly's Greg Kyler. St. Mary's All-Metro kicker Mark Kiefer then added what proved to be the decisive point after.

The MSA All-Stars capitalized on a fumble recovery by Shawn Bean of St. Paul's early in the second quarter and led 13-6 after a 5-yard touchdown run by Edmondson's 5-foot-8, 210-pound fullback Jaamal Morant.

Morant, who finished the day with three touchdowns, added his second score from a yard away with 3:00 left in the half. The MSA then tacked on the two-point conversion on a modified Statue of Liberty play that freed up Forest Park's Robert Arthur.

"We had our best guys on the field and they were just slipping and sliding backward," said Baltimore County All-Stars coach Rick Zentz, whose team trailed at the half, 21-6. "What a good team they are. They beat us in the front, there's no doubt about it."

Behind the running of Kyler and Mount St. Joseph's Julian Weems and the blocking of linemen Joseph Brown (Poly), Faraji Mason (Loyola), Lou Smith (Southern), Ryan Walsh (Calvert Hall) and Greg Carobrese (St. Mary's), the MSA added to its lead in the third quarter. Weems capped a 50-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown. Morant tallied his final touchdown run with 12:18 remaining and City quarterback Teron Matthews added the two-point conversion.

The only real highlights for the county team in the second half were an interception by Randallstown's Shawn Breeden and fumble recoveries by Chesapeake's Jermaine Johnson and Mark Stone of Catonsville.

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