Howard trounces Milford Mill

September 17, 1994|By Chuck Acquisto | Chuck Acquisto,Special to The Sun

After winning the county title last fall for the first time in two decades, the No. 10 Howard Lions seem to have compensated the loss of talented players to graduation with an abundance of confidence.

Howard's senior tandem of quarterback DaLawn Parrish and wide receiver Rashid Shafer proved to be too much for Milford Mill as the host Lions won, 41-6.

Parrish started the scoring splurge for Howard by returning Milford Mill's first punt 83 yards for a touchdown, picking up key blocks on his jaunt down the right sidelines.

Parrish (5-for-12, 122 yards) also completed three touchdown passes, including a 41-yard score to A.J. Durham and a 40-yard completion to Shafer, who opened the second half with an 83-yard touchdown return down the left sidelines for his first score of the game.

Howard senior Corey Curtis had 15 carries for 113 yards.

"We still need to work on our passing game," said Howard coach John Quinn. "Milford Mill was playing us eight up front to stop the run and most teams in our county won't do that.

"Plus, we've got to get rid of all those yellow flags."

Howard's only blemish was 10 penalties for 97 yards, the second straight week of costly infractions for the Lions.

Defensively, Howard contained Milford Mill's running attack that compiled more than 250 yards last week against Mount Hebron. Junior Carlos Pearson finished with 14 carries for 79 yards, all of it coming in the first half.

"We knew coming in here that Howard was capable of scoring quickly," Miller coach Robert Mehno said. "We've got a lot of work to do on defense."

Milford Mill was also hampered by penalties, compiling 10 infractions for 72 yards. Howard also took advantage of two botched snaps on Miller punts for outstanding field position.

Howard's final touchdown was by junior Randy Kaplan, who took a handoff from backup quarterback Terrill Carter to score from the 1-yard line.

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