Arundel surprises N. County

October 08, 1994|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Staff Writer

Arundel (4-1) turned four turnovers into four unanswered first-half touchdowns and stunned No. 4 North County, 28-14, last night.

It was the Wildcats' second win in a row over the Knights (3-2) in the Anne Arundel County Class 4A League.

While the Wildcats offense rolled to 28 points, the defense led by linebackers Jon Norsworthy (15 tackles, two blocked passes and a sack) and Mike Haertel (10 tackles), defensive backs Mike McKnight, Eric Lundborg and Joe Williams held the Knights' run-and-shoot to 28 yards passing (5-for-9) and 70 yards rushing in the first half.

"It's the first time in the three years I've been head coach that I felt really comfortable going into a big game like this," said Arundel coach Bill Zucco, whose Wildcats defeated the Knights, 20-14, last year for the only loss suffered by the county champions.

"I expected to win this game and the kids wanted it. They did some hitting out here tonight."

The rush started late in the first period as a posse of Wildcats stormed downfield on a punt by Casey Trout that brushed one of the Knights on the bounce, with Mike McKnight recovering at the North County 8.

Three plays later, Vince Faunteroy crashed in from the 3 and Mark Gregory's kick was true to make it 7-0 Arundel with 2:48 left.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Knights fumbled again, with Andre Garland falling on it for the Wildcats at the North County 41.

Arundel got down to the 20 on the final play of the first period and opened the second period with Haertel coming out of the backfield on the right and gathering in Eric Lipton's pass for a touchdown and 14-0 lead.

It was Lipton's first completion after five misses and the first of two big passes in the first half. The sophomore quarterback hit Haertel on a 28-yarder to set up an 18-yard touchdown run by Faunteroy for the third Wildcats score.

Haertel had recovered a Knights fumble on a screen pass at midfield to set up the score. Faunteroy ran over three would-be tacklers to score with 9:13 left in the half.

Lundborg's interception set up the fourth score of the half, a 5-yard run by Haertel on a pitch after he recovered his own fumble. The touchdown was the 10th play of a 55-yard drive and gave the Wildcats a 28-0 lead.

North County coach Chuck Markiewicz said: "We made too many mistakes, turned it over, and they did what they had to do. The interceptions really hurt us."

North County ace back Topper Ellis was held to 44 yards on 10 attempts on the first half, but came back with 115 on 15 carries in the second half. Ellis carried most of the way in a 12-play, 91-yard drive late in the third period as the Knights got on the board. An Earl Sewell-to-Lou Brown 17-yard pass got North County's first score, and they added a 12-yard run by Ellis with 3:47 left.

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