Centennial's balance knocks off South Carroll

September 17, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

Centennial had too many offensive weapons for South Carroll's Miami defense and sent the Cavaliers south, 24-13, last night at South Carroll.

The Eagles shed their image as a one-dimensional ground-control team, mixing the pass often with the run on the way to their second win in two starts.

Centennial senior quarterback Brian Dowell threw the ball 12 times, completing nine for 102 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown pass to senior flanker Dominic Dinisio, softening the South Carroll defense up for tailback Robbie Hauff.

Hauff was virtually unstoppable for the second straight week, carrying the ball 28 times for 168 yards and three touchdowns. Hauff scored twice on runs of 2 yards and once on a 3-yard run.

Hauff rambled for 172 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries last week in a 40-12 victory over Catonsville.

"Nothing Robbie does surprises me," said South Carroll coach Gene Brown. "I know him very well because he goes to my pool in the summer. I'd like to have him on my football team. He's a man among boys."

Hauff had huge holes to run through all night, as 290-pound offensive tackle John O'Conner cleared the way for him often.

The win was especially sweet for Centennial coach Ed Holshue, who had not beaten South Carroll (1-1) in five tries.

"It feels great to get this win because they've dominated us," said Holshue. "We wanted to make sure they didn't dictate to us how we were going to move the ball, so we came out on the first play and threw the ball. I know they were sitting there waiting for us to run all night long. We have been a one-dimensional team in the past."

Dowell not only threw 12 times but also kept the South Carroll defense off balance by spreading the passes around among Dinisio, senior flanker Kevin Haywood and senior tight end Kevin O'Conner.

South Carroll contributed a lot to Centennial's first two touchdowns with two personal foul penalties and a 12-yard punt by Kile Maxcy.

Centennial drove 80 yards the first time it had the ball for a 6-0 lead, with Hauff going over from 3 yards out 5:02 into the game. The Cavaliers were hit with a 15-yard personal foul penalty in that drive.

Then Maxcy's 12-yard punt off the side of his foot with 1:52 left in the first quarter gave Centennial the ball at the South Carroll 37.

Hauff was the man in that short drive, carrying six times for 20 yards and scoring from 2 yards out 1:12 into the second quarter for a 12-0 advantage. South Carroll's Jeremy Esworthy was ejected from the game during the second Centennial touchdown drive when the officials said he "was punching someone under the pile."

Esworthy will not be able to play in next week's South Carroll game.

However, South Carroll rallied from the 12-0 deficit to cut the lead to 18-13 midway through the third quarter when Greg Mihalko leaped into the end zone from 1 yard out. It was the second touchdown of the game for Mihalko.

South Carroll then was driving for what could have been the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter, moving the ball near midfield before quarterback Tom Luster had a pass intercepted by Dinisio at the Centennial 30-yard line. Luster was trying to hit Tom Lapato down the left side of the field but the pass hung up in the air, allowing Dinisio to pick it off.

Hauff wrapped up the win for the Eagles with 2:13 left in the game when he ran up the middle 2 yards for a touchdown.

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