Westminster rolls in Ebersole's debut

September 10, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

Bands played. Cheerleaders led the Westminster players on the field. And 3,000 Owls' fans cheered loudly.

It was the beginning of a new football era at Westminster High last night and the Owls didn't disappoint anybody in coach Tim Ebersole's debut.

With a massive offensive line led by 305-pound tackle Jim Stull opening huge holes for senior running backs Eric Jones and Juan Camacho, Westminster controlled the ball most of the night and rambled to a 33-12 victory over Woodlawn in the opening game of the season for both teams.

Jones gave Westminster a 14-0 lead in the first quarter when hscored twice on 10-yard runs, and then he caught a 29-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Steve Mays early in the second quarter to run the Owls' advantage to 20-0.

Jones was led into the end zone on the 29-yard scoring pass by senior wide receiver Tim Herb, who threw a key block at the 20-yard line.

Westminster's Justin Skolkoff set the tone for the night when he returned the opening kickoff 37 yards to the Woodlawn 33-yard line.

Three plays later, Jones broke off the right side behind Stull and cruised in for the first of his two 10-yard touchdowns.

Defensive end Denny Bowers set up the second Jones touchdown with a superb interception of a failed Keion Carpenter pass and 59-yard return to the Woodlawn 10-yard line.

Carpenter rolled out to the right side and set up to throw the ball and it slipped out of his hand as his arm came forward. Bowers caught the ball just before it hit the turf and took off down the field.

Jones went straight up the middle for the second 10-yartouchdown run.

Mays tossed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Skolkoff and Chad Hastings scored on a 20-yard run to account for Westminster's ** final two touchdowns.

Woodlawn was led all night long by a game Carpenter at quarterback, as he scrambled for his life the entire game but still managed to throw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Damon Dennis and a 56-yard TD strike to Micah Ramseur.

"I was scared all night the way Carpenter was running around and throwing the ball," said Ebersole.

"But when you can control both lines of scrimmage the way we did, you're going to win. This football team of mine is getting better all the time. We knew we had to take it to Woodlawn and we did. You can cover up for a lack of speed if you can dominate the line of scrimmage."

Woodlawn coach Brian Scriven said: "I'm going to make this short and sweet. We're going to find a team that wants to play whether it be 12, 13 or 11 players. We don't have much experience but I still hope to salvage the season with some improved play down the line."

PD Scriven praised Carpenter: "He's a prime-time player all right."

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