Ball bounces badly for Westminster

November 05, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

The bouncing ball was not kind to the Westminster football team last night. Twice, Linganore took advantage of perfect bounces of the football to score touchdowns on the way to a 24-16 victory over the Owls in a Central Maryland Conference game at Westminster.

It was a disheartening loss for Westminster (5-4, 3-2 in the CMC), which was hoping to move into second place in the CMC behind powerful Thomas Johnson.

Instead, it was Linganore (6-3, 4-1) that took over second in the CMC.

In addition to the fortunate bounces for two Linganore touchdowns, the Lancers scored a third touchdown off a fake field-goal attempt when kicker Justin Brown tossed a 28-yard pass to Jerit Seider.

Brown, also the team's backup quarterback, hooked up with Seider for the touchdown with 11:05 left in the game, giving the visitors a 24-10 lead.

Brown, a junior, also kicked a 42-yard field goal and three extra points for the Lancers last night, stealing the show from his more celebrated teammates -- running back Duane Griffiths and quarterback Doug Wallace.

Griffiths entered the game with 741 yards rushing, and Wallace had thrown for 1,127 yards.

But the entire Linganore team only generated 90 yards of total offense last night, compared to 271 yards by the Steve Mays-led Westminster offense.

Mays completed 13 of 21 passes for 141 yards and one touchdown, and he ran for 38 yards.

But it couldn't offset the two big Linganore plays that produced touchdowns before Brown's touchdown pass.

With 4:55 left in the first quarter, Westminster's Denny Bowers had his punt from deep in Owls' territory blocked, and the ball bounced into the end zone where Seider recovered for Linganore.

Brown kicked the extra point, running the Linganore lead to 10-0.

After Westminster had battled back to tie the game at 10-10 on Eric Jones' 5-yard run with 6:47 left in the first half, Linganore took a 17-10 lead after 20 seconds of the third quarter on another unusual play.

On first-and-10 from the Westminster 45, Griffiths ran around the LTC left side to the 30-yard line, where he fumbled. The ball bounced right to teammate Jimmy Cady, who picked it up in stride and went the rest of the way into the end zone.

"We couldn't do anything about the bounces of the ball but we were ready for the fake field goal," said Westminster coach Tim Ebersole. "We knew it was coming because we knew they weren't going to kick a 45-yard field goal. But the kid [Brown] threw the ball just over the outstretched hands of our defender."

Linganore coach Dave Carruthers said it was the first time he had used the fake field goal play this season.

"Justin Brown came through under pressure for us and did everything just right," said Carruthers. "When you're a field goal kicker, you're used to a lot of pressure."

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