Wright rallies by Randallstown, 15-14

October 08, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

Randallstown football coach Jack Bush blew it last night and he knew it, giving C. Milton Wright a 15-14 victory over the Rams.

Bush apologized to his players several times in a post-game huddle after his decision to go for a first down on fourth-and-one from his 22-yard line with six minutes left in the game and the 15th-ranked Rams leading C. Milton Wright, 14-7.

Randallstown (3-2) failed to pick up the first down, giving the Mustangs the ball just 22 yards from the end zone at Catonsville Community College.

C. Milton Wright (4-1) took advantage of the gift on the third play after taking over the ball, when quarterback Duane Fisher tossed a 22-yard scoring pass to Chris Russell to reduce the Randallstown lead to 14-13 with 5:06 on the clock.

As expected, the Mustangs from Bel Air went for two points and Fisher came through with a completion to Tim Billings in the right corner of the end zone for a 15-14 lead that was enough for the win.

"It was a [bad] call," said Bush. "I don't know why I did it. It was a tough loss for us, but it was all my fault."

Randallstown tried desperately to rally in the closing minutes, moving the ball to the C. Milton Wright 47-yard line before Rams quarterback T.J. Williamson was stopped short of a first down with two minutes left.

The Mustangs then ran the clock down to 35 seconds before punting to Randallstown, which took over on its 42-yard line.

Williamson, who displayed a strong arm all night, tried to hit Kemo Arrington on a long pass down the right side of the field but the ball fell incomplete.

Then C. Milton Wright snuffed out any final hopes for a Randallstown comeback when Fisher, who doubled as a defensive back, intercepted a long Williamson pass at the Mustangs' 16-yard line.

It was the second interception of the night for Fisher, who made enough big plays to make up for C. Milton Wright's inability to move the ball consistently.

Fisher ran 16 yards for a touchdown with 7:54 left in the first quarter and Russell kicked the extra point for a 7-0 C. Milton Wright lead.

But Randallstown surged ahead, 8-7, with 4:51 left in the first quarter when Williamson ran 24 yards for a touchdown and hit Angelo Todd for a two-point conversion.

The Rams ran that advantage to 14-7 with 5:39 left in the third quarter on a 55-yard touchdown run by Todd. Randallstown went for two and Williamson's pass fell incomplete.

.2l If the Rams had kicked the extra point they would have been assured of at least a tie.

Todd injured his ankle in the third quarter and could not play on the final two series for the Rams.

C. Milton Wright coach Steve Harward was as surprised as anybody else when Bush chose to go for the first down from his 22-yard line late in the fourth quarter.

"I surely expected them to kick the ball to us since they had been stopping us all night long," said Harward. "We're starting to jell a little now, but we were lucky that Todd wasn't around for the last two series."

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