Mount Hebron picks perfect way to end season

HOWARD SPORTS

November 16, 1995|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Things are looking up for the football program at Mount Hebron. The Vikings broke their string of 34 straight league losses Saturday with a 36-20 victory over Glenelg to end the season on a high note.

The Vikings finished with a 3-7 record, a large improvement over the previous year's 0-10.

Senior Mike McCarthy scored two touchdowns on defensive plays, one on a 19-yard, third-quarter interception return, and one on a first-quarter fumble recovery in the end zone.

Senior Scott Kelly rushed eight times for 79 yards and senior Jeremy Desor led the team in tackles and intercepted a pass.

Junior Chris Varlotta scored two touchdowns and added two two-point conversions.

"We made great strides this season," said first-year coach Bill Winder. "We were competitive and didn't quit. Teams had to keep their starters in against us.

"Enthusiasm is spreading throughout the school and the players are getting respect from the other students."

Mount Hebron's JV, which also was winless a year ago, won four games this season -- another good sign for the future of the program.

Scorps scoring explosion

Oakland Mills (8-2) won a playoff berth in a big way Friday night against Howard. The Scorps scored 35 points in the first quarter on the way to a 42-3 win.

After Gene McGill scored on a 39-yard pass with 7:14 left in the quarter, Oakland Mills added four touchdowns in the final five minutes.

After a Howard fumble, Antiwan Jones caught a 43-yard pass from Irving Conwell for a touchdown at 4:20. Fardan Carter raced 53 yards for a touchdown at 1:55.

Troy Dotson of Oakland Mills recovered another Howard fumble on the kickoff and ran 25 yards for a fourth score at 1:42.

McGill recovered a Howard fumble and ran 25 yards to score as the first quarter ended.

Tajiri Smith kicked three of four extra points and Jones caught a pass for a two-point conversion for the 35-point total.

"I never remember anyone scoring 35 points in a quarter before," Oakland Mills coach Ken Hovet said.

Tough day at Hereford

This was supposed to be a banner season for county cross country. Several teams had record turnouts and many strong runners were returning.

But it turned out to be one of those rare seasons when the county won neither a team title nor an individual championship.

Oakland Mills' Steve Petro was "extremely disappointed" about finishing fourth in the Class 2A boys race. He had won nine straight races after losing his first race of the season.

"The first mile was 5:10, which was certainly within my range," he said. "I think I just tensed up."

It may have been because Fort Hill sent several team members to the front to run with Petro -- something that didn't happen to him in the county and region championships.

Fort Hill upset Wilde Lake to win the title, 66-77, as a couple of Wildecats ran subpar races.

Faisal Hasan ran well, however, and edged Petro for third place.

Wilde Lake coach Charlie Shoemaker was surprised by Fort Hill, which had lost by a wide margin to Linganore earlier. Wilde Lake had beaten Linganore.

There was more disappointment in the 3A championships, where the Centennial girls were hoping to win a state title but finished third, three points behind Frederick. The Eagles tied at 99 points with Damascus, which won second based on the team's sixth runners.

Dana Strickland of Atholton, the county champion, finished third in the 3A race.

Thomas Stone 0-for-3

When Centennial edged Thomas Stone 1-0 in a shootout in the state Class 3A boys soccer semifinal Saturday at Catonsville Community College, it was the third time the teams have met in the Final Four since 1991.

Centennial won in the finals in 1991, 2-1, and in 1993 in the semifinals, 3-0.

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