Oakland Mills had the control but not points

November 20, 1994|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer

The final score of the Class 2A state quarterfinal football game at Fort Hill Friday night just didn't seem right.

How could eighth-seeded Oakland Mills (8-3) have controlled the ball so well and still have lost to top-seeded Fort Hill, 30-18?

The Scorpions ran 77 plays to 35 for Fort Hill. They put together a 14-play, 65-yard touchdown drive after the opening kickoff and led, 6-0.

They followed that with a 13-play, 62-yard drive that stalled because of a holding penalty. They also had a 12-play, 67-yard touchdown drive in the second half.

Fort Hill's longest possession was seven plays.

Oakland Mills outgained Fort Hill, 417-340.

The Scorpions played an exceptionally strong first half, holding the much-heralded Sentinel running attack to just 21 yards.

But for the first eight minutes and 11 seconds of the second half, Fort Hill (11-0) was lightning in a bottle.

Tailback Shannon Trimble (143 yards, nine carries) ran 67 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the half -- a simple belly-option.

On Fort Hill's fourth play of that half, fullback Buddy House (89 yards, 11 carries) ran 59 yards for a touchdown on the same belly-option.

The Sentinels added a safety after a bad snap sailed over punter Matt Wichita's head into the end zone.

On Fort Hill's seventh play of the half, Ryan Shaffer caught a 37-yard touchdown pass from Matt Calhoun (5-for-9, 105 yards) and a stunned Oakland Mills team didn't know quite what to think.

Fort Hill had scored 24 unanswered points.

But the Scorpions didn't quit. They launched an immediate 56-yard, 11-play touchdown drive, cutting the lead to 24-12.

The Sentinels countered, however, with a five-play, 67-yard drive capped by Trimble's 50-yard touchdown run.

Fort Hill produced 213 yards and four touchdowns on just four plays.

Oakland Mills still didn't quit. The Scorpions drove 64 yards to Fort Hill's 8-yard line, but Irving Conwell's first-down pass into the end zone was intercepted -- the game's only turnover.

Conwell, trying to fill the loss of running back Jake Daft (1,380 yards, 17 touchdowns) who couldn't play offense because of a sprained ankle, played his best game of the season, completing 16 of 32 passes for 256 yards. He also had 41 yards rushing on eight carries.

Tajuan Hall replaced Daft at running back and gained 80 yards on 21 carries. Fardan Carter had 39 yards on 13 carries.

Coach Ken Hovet was disappointed with the loss but not with his team's effort.

And he was disappointed with Fort Hill's conduct.

"I think they have no class at Fort Hill," Hovet said. "They called our kids racial epithets, they refused to shake hands and they taunted us as they ran off the field."

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