N. County dominates No. 13 Meade in 21-0 win Bowie leads Knights to 6th straight victory

November 04, 1995|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

In football, the big "D" means great defense and the result of great defense can be domination.

North County had both with a capital "D" in a 21-0 victory over No. 13 Meade (7-2, 5-1).

And the Knights threw in more than enough offense for the perfect combination with quarterback Maurice Bowie (7-for-15, 62 yards) tossing touchdown passes to Chris Mangum and Corey Wright and rushing for 77 yards on 13 carries.

Had it not been for three interceptions by Damion Moss (leads county with 10) deep in Meade territory, one in the end zone, it could have been worse.

"We have an attack offense, and I like to say that we have an attack defense," said North County defensive coordinator Brad Wilson.

Bobby Lincoln, Rich Allen, David Kessler manned the line with Marvin Mobley, Brian Stewart, V.J. Impallaria and Larell Henriques the linebackers, Jason Stiegler and Shawn Thomas on the corners, and the safeties, Toney Fowlkes and Cornelius Burley.

The defending 4A state champion Knights (6-3, 6-1) kept their playoff hopes alive with their sixth consecutive win over Meade. A Meade victory over No. 4 Arundel (9-0, 6-0) next week would give the Knights a share of the county championship.

North County held the Mustangs' offense that had been averaging nearly 25 points a game to just 78 total yards, 30 in the second half, and did not permit the visitors into its territory until just over eight minutes left in the game.

The Knights botched a punt attempt to give the Stangs the ball at the home team's 43 and they later gave it up on downs at the 24.

Coach Chuck Markiewicz described his defense in a word as "awesome." North County held the county's leading rusher, Roman Harrison, to 83 yards on 24 attempts. He now has 1,453 yards.

"We used lots of pressure," said Wilson. "We found some tendencies in their formations and plays and took advantage of them."

Markiewicz said Wilson's "eight-man front dared them to throw the football," which the Mustangs did with little success.

Sophomore quarterback Malwan Johnson was under intense heat and did not complete a pass until the final eight minutes, finishing with 2-for-16 for eight yards and an interception by cornerback Thomas.

"And our offense played well, especially Reese [Bowie]," said Markiewicz. "Reese is our best athlete without a doubt and he ran the option well. Why not run him?"

North County's first score came in the second period on a 38-yard fumble return by Kiki Ellis, who picked up Corey Wright's loose ball on a punt return.

On the ensuing Meade possession, a fumble gave the Knights possession at the Meade 29 and Bowie immediately tossed the long ball to Mangum who made a diving grab in the end zone.

The Knights' final score came on a 27-yard pass from Bowie to Wright, who grabbed a tipped ball by the Mustangs' Willie Thomas in the right corner of the end zone with 4:35 left in the third period.

In defeating Meade, the Knights gained 15 playoff points to run their total to 71 before all bonus points are counted.

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