Western Md. finishes off Swarthmore early

November 06, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

Western Maryland football coach Tim Keating didn't know where to start in describing his team's 34-13 win over Swarthmore in a Centennial Conference game yesterday at Bair Stadium in Westminster.

With a young defense that came of age in the first half, four times limiting Swarthmore to three-and-outs and giving the Green Terror offense prime field position?

With excellent special teams play? When Western Maryland's Carl Von Tobel blocked Andrew Clayton's punt midway through the first quarter, Mike Kappes grabbed the ball out of the air and went 5 yards to give the Green Terror (5-3, 4-2) a 14-3 lead. Later in half, Tony Jenkins returned a punt 48 yards.

With an offense able to come up with two big plays early -- a 39-yard reverse by Donte Abron for a score and a 39-yard touchdown pass from Brian Van Deusen to Derrick Ray?

It all culminated in a 28-3 first-quarter lead. Swarthmore (3-6, 3-4), which relies on a balanced running attack, never recovered.

"We played real well in that first quarter," Keating said. "Actually, both teams came out flat, but our team decided we could take the game to them and did just that.

"The defense stopped their running game early. Last year at this time, the defense came together against Swarthmore sealing the victory late. This year, they started things early.

"Tony did a great job today. That enabled us to get the 21 first-quarter points on offense. The blocked punt came at a good time, too."

Van Deusen, a junior, completed 16 of 31 attempts for 192 yards and three touchdowns.

The win, Western Maryland's fourth in its past five games, clinches the Green Terror's first winning season since the 1990 team went 6-3-1. The Green Terror will close its season Saturday at Johns Hopkins in the 100th anniversary of the teams' first matchup.

"I'm real proud of the guys, especially the seniors," Keating said.

"They have the opportunity to go out winners, not only this season, but their careers. Hopkins is always one of those games where one team can be 0-10 and the other 10-0 and it still doesn't matter. It's one of those rivalries where anything can happen."

Swarthmore got 138 yards rushing from senior tailback Dave Reeser.

Swarthmore 3 3 0 7 -- 13

Western Maryland 28 0 0 6 -- 34

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