Centennial races past Catonsville

September 10, 1994|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to The Sun

Centennial running back Robbie Hauff knows better than anyone how well the Eagles' offensive line played in last night's season-opening game against Catonsville.

Darting through gaping holes all night, the 6-foot senior amassed a career-high 172 yards on 32 carries and scored two touchdowns to lead his team to a 40-12 win over the Comets at Catonsville Community College.

For Hauff, there's only one proper way to say thank you.

"I guess I have to go out now and buy them Big Gulps," said Hauff.

A sweet reward for a job well done.

Centennial gained 373 yards on offense, all but 90 on the ground.

Hauff did the bulk of the running, but backfield mate Mansa McQueen also carried 16 times for 67 yards, including two touchdowns.

"Our line did an incredibly good job tonight," said Hauff. "That's by far my best game ever."

Said Eagles coach Ed Holshue: "We had some pretty big holes up there. We felt our offensive line would be the strength of the team, and it showed tonight.

"We wanted to come out and put some points on the board, and that's what we did."

Catonsville, however, hurt itself with three first-half fumbles.

After moving the ball successfully early, the Comets' offense -- with the exception of running back Nick Wilkins (130 yards) -- was in neutral for most of the game.

"I knew going in that the team with the least turnovers would win this game," said Comets coach Warren Como. "We needed to keep up with them score for score, but we made so many turnovers that it killed us."

Catonsville broke on top early, marching 59 yards in nine plays on its opening drive and scoring on Steve Phipps' 1-yard dive to give the Comets a 6-0 lead with 7:38 left in the first quarter.

But the lead didn't last long.

Centennial began its offensive domination on its first drive.

After Hauff ran four straight times for 30 yards, the Eagles tied the game on Brian Dowell's 27-yard touchdown pass to Kevin O'Connor.

Scott Bross's extra point then gave Centennial a lead that it never would relinquish.

Then it was McQueen's turn to shine.

The 5-8 senior took the ball three straight times on the Eagles' first drive of the second quarter, gaining 7, 11 and 4 yards, respectively -- the last run giving Centennial a 14-6 lead.

Catonsville pulled to within two on a dazzling hook-and-lateral play in which receiver Geoff Digby lateraled to Rhasaan Harcum, who ran 27 yards down the left sideline for the score with 7:53 left in the half.

From there, though, it was all Centennial.

McQueen extended the lead to 20-12 with a 3-yard plunge just before halftime, and Hauff secured the win with two touchdowns runs of 8 yards each in the third quarter.

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