Rough third quarter proves costly to Oakland Mills

November 19, 1994|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer

CUMBERLAND -- As swiftly as as the Cumberland Valley fog bank that swept over Greenway Avenue Stadium last night, the top-seeded Fort Hill Sentinels swept past eighth-seeded Oakland Mills.

The Sentinels produced a 24-point third quarter on the way to a 30-18 Class 2A state quarterfinal victory.

For the first half, it appeared that Oakland Mills would give Fort Hill all it could handle, and the visitors held a surprising 6-0 lead at halftime in front of an estimated crowd of 10,000.

But Fort Hill (11-0) scored three touchdowns and a safety in the first 8:11 of the second half.

Shannon Trimble ran 67 yards for a touchdown on a the first play of the half to tie it at 6.

Oakland Mills failed to get a first down, and on Fort Hill's next possession, Buddy House ran 59 yards for a touchdown.

Both touchdowns were off belly-option plays. A conversion pass off a fake kick made it 14-6.

A Fort Hill safety after a bad snap on an Oakland Mills punt attempt made it 16-6.

And the Sentinels delivered the decisive blow when Ryan Shaffer caught a 34-yard touchdown pass and Trimble caught a conversion pass, making it 24-6.

"We came out flat after beating Allegany last week at our homecoming, and we didn't get mentally into the game until halftime," Fort Hill coach Mike Calhoun said.

"Oakland Mills was a good football team, but when its entire team came out on the field for the second-half coin flip, it fired us up and got the whole arena going."

Scorpions running back Jake Daft (1,379 yards, 17 touchdowns), who had a sprained ankle, played only on defense.

Without Daft, Oakland Mills came out passing, and Irving Conwell had his most productive passing day of the season.

He was 16-for-32 for 256 yards and one interception. That was the only turnover of the game and it was in Oakland Mills' end zone.

Sam Smith caught nine of Conwell's passes for 142 yards.

Tajuan Hall started his first game at tailback and rushed 21 times for 80 yards and one touchdown.

Oakland Mills dominated the game offensively in the first half, but came away with just six points.

The Scorpions drove 65 yards on 14 plays on the opening series, and Carter scored from 1 yard out for a 6-0 Oakland Mills lead.

The Scorpions had 105 yards rushing and 90 yards passing in the first half.

Trimble carried nine times for 143 yards for Fort Hill, and House had 89 yards on 11 carries.

Oakland Mills had 417 yards of offense and Fort Hill had 340 yards. And the Scorpions possessed the ball 29:26 to 18:34 for Fort Hill.

"Fort Hill executed well, especially in the second half," Oakland Mills coach Ken Hovet said.

"They wore us down because we have so many two-way players and they had so few. And they took advantage of every crack in our defense. They're a good team. No slouch for sure.

"Trimble was a tough runner for them, but we played a heck of a game. I'm not sure having Jake [Daft] would have made the difference, but he's a punishing runner."

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