Maryland all-stars lose lead, Classic Virginia's 21-7 win has plot, result of past 2 years

June 30, 1996|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK -- The Chesapeake Classic's home field may be in Maryland, but Northern Virginia's All-Stars have stolen the show for the past two years.

Last year, Maryland led by four points in the second period only to allow Northern Virginia's All-Stars to score 41 unanswered points in an eventual 30-point rout.

Last night's version of Maryland's team played more admirably in the fourth annual game before a record crowd of 9,183, but the result was the same: It led, 7-0, before Virginia scored 21 consecutive points in a 21-7 victory. Virginia increased its series lead to 3-1 overall, 3-0 at the University of Maryland's Byrd Stadium.

Marshall quarterback Nick Sorensen (8-for-12, 187 yards) rushed for one touchdown, threw for another and was instrumental in the other touchdown drive to earn his team's Most Valuable Player honors. His performance came six months after suffering through a 3-7 high school season.

"I can't say enough about all the great players who were around me," Sorensen said. "I had so much time to throw the ball. It's time that I'm not used to having. Plus, just about every time I threw the ball, the receivers were catching it. They were just great."

Maryland led, 7-0, with 4: 22 left in the first period after quarterback Bobby Weaver (DeMatha) capped an 11-play, 94-yard drive with a 2-yard keeper. Weaver had an 18-yard run in the drive, running back Jerit Siedor (Linganore) rushed for 20 yards, and running back Erin Culpepper (Friendly) sprinted 30 yards on the drive's initial down.

But Maryland turned the ball over four times in the first half, with Virginia linebacker Chris Seguinot (Robinson) and defensive back Marcus Farley (Hylton) each snagging an interception and recovering a fumble.

"Early on, it was back and forth and we thought if we could keep up the intensity, keep making the hits, and offensively, limit our turnovers, we could win," said defensive tackle Da'Vaughn Millerson. "The bottom line is that we didn't."

Seguinot's interception gave his team possession at its 34, but four plays and 66 yards later, University of Maryland-bound Damone Boone (West Springfeld) -- aided by a 50-yard pass from Sorensen to Leonard Sterling (Culpepper) -- went over from 5 yards. Paul Ruzila (Langley) then converted his first of two extra-point kicks in the half to tie the game at 7.

Ruzila, set up by Farley's interception and subsequent 39-yard return, missed a 30-yard field-goal attempt that would have capped a 61-yard drive with 6: 48 left in the half.

But Virginia made up for that 23 seconds before halftime as Sorensen, aided by a pass interference call, found Mike Cady on the end of a 16-yard touchdown reception for a 14-7 lead.

Sorensen (6-for-8 for 146 yards through three periods) engineered a six-play, 61-yard drive, scoring on fourth-and-one from 13 yards for a 21-7 lead with 2: 57 left in the third quarter. Sorensen's 40-yard pass to Duane Brown (Woodbridge) got Virginia to Maryland's 23.

With North County's run-and-shoot expert, Chuck Markiewicz, coaching the Maryland offense, Crossland's Julian Peterson (two sacks) was the MVP. He got help from Hammond linebacker Ron Gamble, who is headed for Connecticut, and Mount St. Joseph's Millerson (Wake Forest) in limiting Virginia's Boone to 88 yards and a touchdown. Boone rushed for a state-record 500 yards in one game last season at West Springfield.

C. Milton Wright receiver Duane Fisher, headed to Virginia, won the Sportsmanship Award for Maryland. He was overthrown with no one between him and the goal line, and had another pass batted down inside the 10-yard line -- both late in the final period.

"I really can't speak for the rest of my teammates, but speaking for myself I feel the passes that I missed were just a lack of focus," he said. "We were in the game early. Our defense was really fired up and making the hits and the plays, but I didn't do my part."

Pub Date: 6/30/96

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