91-yarder sets tone for Hammond


October 05, 1994|By RICK BELZ

Tim Spruill ran 91 yards for a touchdown Saturday to set a Hammond record for longest run from scrimmage. The previous record was 90 yards by Mario Mason.

Spruill, despite a cut on his finger that required him to wear a glove, carried nine times for 157 yards as the Bears downed Atholton, 26-7.

Just call them the "Big Play Bears." The defense intercepted four passes and recovered a fumble. Hammond's offense did not make a turnover.

Ron Gamble's third-quarter, 81-yard return of an interception for a Hammond touchdown with his team ahead by 14-7 was the game's biggest play.

Hammond (3-1, 1-0) also scored on a second-quarter, 5-yard return of a fumble by Mike Friedman.

Three key injuries

The Hammond-Atholton game produced some major injuries.

Hammond lost running back Josh Zillmer (separated shoulder) and lineman Joe Cullen (sprained knee). Atholton lost fullback Jon Sanford (sprained ankle). All three are doubtful starters this week.

Zillmer and Sanford both had 70 yards rushing before their second-quarter injuries.

The game was played without a medic, who had broken her leg at home before the game.

The backup medic also was unavailable because he is the original medic's husband and was busy taking her to the hospital.

Wowing people

Friday's game between Howard and Centennial will feature two outstanding offensive performers.

Last week, Howard's DaLawn Parrish passed (6 of 7 for 124 yards, two touchdowns) and ran (9 for 97 yards, two touchdowns) for 221 yards.

Centennial's Robbie Hauff rushed for 159 yards and four touchdowns. For the season, he has 15 touchdowns and 714 yards rushing.

Balanced scoring

What do Simon Bwalya, Matt Cartwright, Matt Sutton, Robert Atkins, Miguel Avalos, Jason Gotis, Keith Murphy, Zuri Barnes and Mike Jenkins have in common?

They are all Oakland Mills soccer players who have scored at least one goal each this season

Because the Scorpions have scored 15 goals while compiling a 4-1 record, it's no exaggeration to describe their scoring as balanced.

Bwalya has scored three goals, each of them a game-winner.

No. 14 Oakland Mills (4-1) suffered its first loss Saturday as No. 11 Loyola (5-2-1) nipped the Scorpions, 2-1. But the seven-time state champs are expected to be a factor in the county race.

Golf shocker

Howard County doesn't have a public school golf program, but the parent-supported 2-year-old Howard County Golf Club program produced both the boys and girls District V champions Monday.

Jason Masters of Hammond shot a 76 on the Bear Creek Country Club course to top 118 boys and Andrea Bedingfield of Glenelg shot an 86 to best 12 girls.

Bedingfield and the rest of the Glenelg team -- Mark Thompson (84), Brock King (89) and Mike Sargeant (101) -- earned a trip to the state playoffs.

Beaver's good start

Shane Beaver (Atholton) has taken his 85-mph fastball to East Tennessee State University, and the big right-hander pitched in his first game last week.

Against Mars Hill College, a Division II school, Beaver threw three innings, faced 11 batters, struck out five, walked one and allowed one hit and no runs.

Lawler's first college goal

Ted Lawler (Oakland Mills) scored his first goal for UMBC last Saturday against Charleston Southern in a Big South soccer match.

Derek Phillips (Atholton) scored a goal and had two assists in the 6-1 win. Phillips has three goals and three assists overall.

Dorsey's slow season

After catching 26 passes for 369 yards and one touchdown last season for James Madison University, Juan Dorsey (Glenelg) is off to a slow start.

Dorsey, a junior, started but caught only two passes for 16 yards in the first three games.

Back spasms caused him to sit out last week's game against Boston University, a 24-21 upset by James Madison (3-1). BU had won 16 straight regular-season games.

Five starts for Bailey

Brian Bailey has started five of James Madison's first nine soccer games. The senior goalkeeper has 15 saves and has allowed three goals while playing 435 minutes. JMU is 8-1. Its only loss was to Maryland.

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