No squeaker this time: City jumps on top early, rips Forest Park, 34-0 Centennial's 3 late TDs stun Oakland Mills, 30-29

September 14, 1996|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Over the last couple seasons, Forest Park has had some frustrating losses to City, including last year's 27-24 defeat in the final seconds. The Foresters wanted to change that yesterday against the visiting Knights and take the early lead in the Baltimore City 2A League.

But the Foresters' frustrations continued. This season, the damage was done early as the No. 6 Knights cruised to a 34-0 victory.

"We weren't able to stop any phase of their game," said Forest Park coach Obie Barnes, whose team reached the state Class 2A playoffs last season. "They just blew us off the line."

The Knights' offensive line of Chris Perkins, Rickey Holloway, Quantay Johnson, Logan Davidson, Carl Hebron and Chris Ekwuene controlled Forest Park. And their defense limited Forest Park (1-1, 0-1) to 110 yards, slowing down the backfield of Sharif Small (13 carries, 38 yards) and Tamah McCray (7 for 18).

City, which has outscored its first two opponents, 76-7, easily won the turnover battle, recovering a fumble and intercepting five passes, four by junior defensive back James Gee.

All of the Knights' points came off Forest Park miscues. The Foresters turned the ball over on their first six possessions.

"Every time we play them, it's very difficult," said City coach George Petrides. "They are a very aggressive defensive team, and they have some offensive weapons. We told our guys get on top of them early."

City built a 20-0 halftime lead as Taber Small (15 carries, 92 yards) scored a pair of touchdowns and Andrew Lashey ran 10 yards for the game's opening score. The Knights, who had 271 total yards (174 rushing), out-gained Forest Park, 191-72, in the first half.

After the Foresters fumbled a punt, City went 40 yards in 10 plays. Quarterback Michael Johnson (four of seven, 103 yards) sliced into the end zone on a fourth-and-one with 11: 11 remaining in the game.

Gee, who earlier had missed a sure touchdown when he !B dropped a ball, got his hands on a deflected pass and went 80 yards for the game's final score.

* Centennial 30, Oakland Mills 29: Quarterback Ryan Gielen threw a 70-yard touchdown pass to Chip Harrison with 40 seconds left in the game and the No. 15 Eagles came from behind to beat the Scorpions.

Oakland Mills (0-2) led 29-7 late in the third quarter before Gielen threw a touchdown pass (75 yards) to Jason Zolak and ran in for another to pull the Eagles (2-0) within 29-22.

* C. Milton Wright 37, North Harford 0: Jason Stiles rushed 13 times for 127 yards and two touchdowns to help even the No. 10 Mustangs' record at 1-1. Adam Bantner added 71 yards on 13 carries and contributed a touchdown. North Harford fell to 0-2.

* Aberdeen 39, Joppatowne 6: Andy Gasdia passed for two touchdowns and ran 90 yards for another as No. 12 Aberdeen (2-0) topped visiting Joppatowne.

* Hereford 13, Milford Mill 6: Hereford (2-0) halted a desperation -- drive in the final minute with a Jason Wingeart interception, as the Bulls (1-1) upset the eighth-ranked Millers (1-1).

Pub Date: 9/14/96

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