South Carroll runs over Glenelg, 24-0

September 24, 1994|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to The Sun

South Carroll coach Gene Brown said that entering this season, he was concerned about his inexperienced offensive line.

Last night against Glenelg, however, his young Cavaliers grew up in a hurry.

Led by the starting front five of Marc Barnes, Dan McKinney, Dan McKennie, Dan Pickett and Jason Robinson, host South Carroll racked up 320 yards on offense en route to a 24-0 win.

"The game up front, that's what won it for us," said Cavaliers running back Greg Mihalko, who followed his line for 64 yards on 16 carries. "There wasn't one guy that I was trying to run behind. All five did a great job."

Mihalko said that last night's game was the culmination of an exceptional week of practice in which the Cavaliers worked hard to avenge last week's loss to Centennial.

"That surprised us a little bit," said Mihalko. "We really wanted to come back and win."

With South Carroll (2-1) leading, 6-0, late in the first half, the outcome still seemed in doubt until a play that Brown termed "the biggest of the game."

On the Cavaliers' first offensive play after quarterback Tom Luster had fumbled a snap from center to give the ball to the Gladiators (1-2), Luster, after failing to find an open receiver, stayed in the pocket for several seconds before scrambling 34 yards down the far sideline for a touchdown with 17 seconds left in the first half.

After stalling on their opening drive, the Cavaliers took the lead on a long pass play near the end of the first quarter.

On second-and-11 at his 27, South Carroll quarterback Tom Luster dropped back and threw a high pass to a wide-open Tom Lapato at Glenelg's 40. Lapato took off down the near sideline, broke a tackle at the 10 and completed a 73-yard touchdown with 43 seconds left in the quarter.

The Cavaliers then extended their lead to 12-0 on Luster's dramatic run.

But South Carroll's halftime lead might have been even larger if not for off-setting penalties that negated Mihalko's 46-yard interception return, and a fumbled snap at the Gladiators' 14 on the Cavaliers' ensuing drive.

Glenelg ran the ball well in the half, putting together consecutive drives of 43 and 46 yards, but couldn't move beyond South Carroll's 25 on either occasion.

In the second half, it was more of the same for the Cavaliers.

With their offensive line dominating the line of scrimmage, the hosts began the third quarter with a 10-play, 75-yard scoring drive, entirely on the ground.

Mihalko did the bulk of the work, carrying seven times for 42 yards on the drive, helping to set up Mike Chenoweth's 3-yard touchdown plunge to make it 18-0.

Then after stopping Glenelg, the Cavaliers made it 24-0 on a 12-play, 56-yard drive. One play after Luster's 26-yard pass to Bryce Baker, Baker scored from the 4 with 9:47 left in the game.

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