Scorpions beef up playoff hopes

November 13, 1994|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer

Where's the beef? It's going to be in Oakland Mills coach Ken Hovet's back yard. And plenty of it.

The Oakland Mills coach struck a deal with his players before yesterday's regular-season football finale against Centennial.

If the Scorpions would score 40 points, then Hovet would cook every player a steak dinner.

No. 14 Oakland Mills romped 48-12 to win the Howard County championship and make Hovet a man in search of a good deal on a large quantity of beef.

"We wanted to finish strong and show that we deserved the county championship," Hovet said.

Oakland Mills needed to win to keep alive its Class 2A South Region playoff hopes and to nail down sole possession of the county championship.

The Scorpions (8-2 overall, 7-0 league) edged Howard last week, 19-18, to knock the Lions out of first place. And Howard had beaten Centennial, 35-7, earlier this season. So Oakland Mills wanted to go at last one touchdown better than Howard.

"We thought it would be close because they are a lot bigger than us," Hovet said.

L But Centennial's size was no match for Oakland Mills' speed.

No play better emphasized Centennial's lack of speed better than a 21-yard touchdown by Oakland Mills' Fardan Carter in the third quarter.

Carter ran around left end and two Centennial tacklers were directly in front of him and spaced a couple of yards apart. There was no way for Carter to avoid a tackle. But Carter accelerated around the two players and raced down the sideline unscathed.

"You can't compete with quickness," Centennial coach Ed Holshue said. "We played a good team that had a reason to play and that didn't turn it over today like they usually do."

The game was also a showcase for two of the premier running backs in the Baltimore area this season.

Centennial's Robbie Hauff entered the game with 1,617 yards on 230 carries. Daft had 1,241 yards on 155 carries.

Daft won yesterday's battle by gaining 139 yards and scoring three touchdowns on 16 carries. Hauff had 117 yards on 32 carries, but the area's leading scorer (174 points) was held scoreless.

"They put an eight-man front up to try and stop Robbie," Holshue said.

Centennial (7-3, 4-3) countered that front by passing successfully in the first half. Eagles quarterback Brian Dowell went 9-for-13 for 159 yards and two touchdowns that half.

But Dowell took a vicious blindside tackle from Daft on Centennial's third play of the second half and was through for the day.

Centennial was still in the game at halftime, trailing 21-12. But Oakland Mills' Tajuan Hall returned the opening kickoff 66 yards for a touchdown to put the Scorpions up, 28-12.

And Oakland Mills scored again on its next possession, going 43 yards on two plays with Daft getting a 4-yard touchdown call.

Carter had a touchdown catch of 46 yards in the first half and two other catches of 39 and 29 yards in the second half in addition to his 21-yard touchdown run.

Oakland Mills quarterback Irving Conwell was 4-for-9 for 135 yards. O'Connor caught three passes for 59 yards for Centennial.

Hammond 26, Glenelg 21

Timmy Spruill registered 607 of 670 team-total offensive yards to pace Hammond (5-5) past visiting Glenelg (2-8). Spruill rushed 27 times for 358 yards and completed 8 of 14 passes for a 169 yards, including a touchdown and a two-point conversion. He also scored an 80-yard kickoff return.

Howard 34, Atholton 22

DaLawn Parrish threw three touchdown passes and rushed for another as visiting No. 15 Howard (8-2) defeated Atholton (5-5).

Wilde Lake 34, Mount Hebron 0

Eric McDuffie ran back a 58-yard punt return as Wilde Lake (6-4) shut out host Mount Hebron (0-10). Mark Manley and Dain Lewis also had touchdowns for the Wildecats.

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