Howard's offense gets untracked in 27-7 win

October 01, 1994|By Chuck Acquisto | Chuck Acquisto,Special to The Sun

Glenelg's young, inexperienced defense proved to be just the cure for 14th-ranked Howard's Jekyll-and-Hyde offense as the host Lions began the county season with a 27-7 win over the Gladiators.

Honorable-mention All-American quarterback DaLawn Parrish (6 of 7 for 124 yards) directed a balanced Howard offense, running for two touchdowns and passing for two more. Lions senior tailback Corey Curtis rushed for 96 yards on 14 attempts to lead Howard's ground game (171 yards).

After scoring 82 points while winning the season's first two games, Howard (3-1, 1-0) was looking to get its offense back in gear after a 20-14 loss to Frederick last week. With top county challenger Centennial looming next weekend for Howard, the Lions jumped on Centennial quickly.

Howard's first score came on a 39-yard touchdown completion from Parrish to senior split end Rashid Shafer, who made a last-second adjustment to out-position the Glenelg defensive back for the football.

"Rashid knows how to adjust and he reads defenses very well," Parrish said. "That's what makes him so dangerous out there."

Howard increased its first-quarter lead to 13-0 on a 35-yard touchdown run by Parrish up the middle.

"I audibled on that play because I saw the blitz coming and knew that would leave just one man to beat," said Parrish, who finished with 75 yards rushing on eight carries.

"That's just what Corey and I work on in practice. Beating that last man to the end zone."

Parrish pushed the Lions' advantage to 19-0 on a 40-yard run in the second quarter, sweeping around the left side. Howard backup quarterback Terrill Carter plowed behind his linemen for the two-point conversion and a 21-0 Howard lead.

"Our defense stunk tonight," Glenelg coach Ed Ashwell said. "We gave up a few long touchdowns that we shouldn't have and we could have made this a much closer game."

Trailing at halftime, Glenelg senior quarterback Sean Lookingbill (16-of-29 for 136 yards) came out firing the football in the second half, taking advantage of Howard's soft, prevent defense to connect with his wide receivers on short routes.

"Last week Frederick burned us with the long pass, so we conceded to Glenelg the short stuff," Howard coach John Quinn said. "But that shotgun Glenelg ran in the second half is going to give a lot of teams fits."

The Gladiators' only score, a 1-yard run by senior fullback Mike Deming, capped a 12-play, 71-yard drive at the start of the fourth quarter.

Parrish hooked up one more time with his No. 1 target Shafer, who twirled around to snag the tipped pass and race into the end zone for a 45-yard touchdown. Shafer finished the game with four receptions for 99 yards.

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