Westminster rallies to top Frederick in OT, 21-15

October 22, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

There were many heroes for the Westminster High football team last night as the Owls rallied down the stretch to tie the game and went on to defeat Frederick, 21-15, in overtime.

But Westminster senior quarterback Steve Mays stood above everybody else in this dramatic homecoming victory.

Mays put on one of the more gutty performances of this high school season after getting knocked out of the game when Frederick scored a touchdown for a 15-7 lead with 10:30 left in the fourth quarter.

Mays was doubling as a defensive back when he tackled Frederick's Andre Daniels in the end zone after Daniels had run ** 14 yards up the middle for the go-ahead score.

Mays was knocked dizzy by Daniels and came out of the game for one offensive series. He then returned and threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Mat Mathias for the tying score with two minutes left in regulation, then scored on a 1-yard run in overtime to account for the winning touchdown.

Mays also tossed a two-point conversion pass to Eric Jones after the touchdown pass to Mathias, giving the Owls a 15-15 tie.

After Westminster (4-3) managed to stop Frederick and running back L.J. Jackson in the final two minutes of regulation to send the game into overtime, it was nail-biting time again for the Owls.

Each team was given four downs to score from the 10-yard line in overtime, and Mays needed just two to run nine yards and then one for the touchdown that gave Westminster a 21-15 lead.

Mays failed to hit Jones for a two-point conversion in overtime, giving Frederick (3-4) an opportunity to win the game with a touchdown and an extra point.

But the Cadets couldn't get into the end zone, as quarterback Mike Frounfelter was sacked on third down for a long loss, fumbled the ball and watched helplessly as Westminster's Juan Camacho recovered to end the game.

The recovery touched off a wild celebration for the Owls, who had not beaten Frederick since 1989.

Mays wound up the night 9-for-19 for 97 yards and two touchdowns in addition to running for 43 yards.

Frederick's Jackson rushed for 176 yards on 28 carries.

"Jackson's a great back," said Westminster coach Tim Ebersole.

"But we're a super team that never gave up and deserved to win this game. Steve Mays and our entire defensive line was unbelievable."

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