Lewis helps Wilde Lake outrun Atholton Scores three TDs, gains 165 yards in 21-7 victory

September 14, 1996|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Wilde Lake's Dain Lewis is one of those soft-spoken athletes who doesn't say much but whose actions speak loudly.

Yesterday, against an excellent Atholton defense that battered him with some ferocious tackling, Lewis ran 23 times for 165 yards -- including touchdown romps of 21, 45 and 36 yards -- to lead the No. 13 Wildecats to a 21-7 victory at Atholton.

He found most of his running room to the outside.

"The play that was working best was called a '25-lead,' " Lewis said.

Wilde Lake coach Doug DuVall said: "We figured that if we pound it to the outside that sooner or later we'd break it. But they played good defense, and their linebackers played hard."

This game was billed as a battle of the county's two best and biggest lines and featured a terrific matchup between Wilde Lake's 6-foot-6, 265-pound tackle Josh Vanderwagen and Atholton's 6-4, 325-pound Marcus Boykins.

Those two put on quite a performance, but Lewis stole the show.

"You've got to give [Lewis] his credit," Boykins said. "He's a back who gets better as the game goes on."

If not for the linebacking play of Lavar Macon, Lamar Porter and Josh Neel, Lewis would have broken a few more long runs.

"Macon was awesome on defense," Atholton coach Kevin Kelly said. "And he was beating some good players."

Macon also gave Atholton a 7-0 lead with 5: 41 left in the first quarter, when he ran 72 yards for a touchdown off a counter.

"They surprised us at the beginning," Vanderwagen said. "We didn't realize they had that much speed."

But Wilde Lake (2-0 overall, 1-0 league) wasted little time in tying the score, driving 69 yards in six plays on the next series.

A 25-yard pass to Tony Jackson and runs of 16 yards by Lewis and 22 yards by Sean Jefferson set up Lewis' 21-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter.

Then, with 8: 32 left in the first half, Lewis ran 45 yards for Wilde Lake's second touchdown, a score that had been set up by Jackson's interception at the Wildecats' 49-yard line.

Atholton (0-2, 0-1) drove as far as Wilde Lake's 34-yard line on the next series, but an 11-yard sack by Lewis and Oliver Fitzjohn stymied the drive. Atholton quarterback Sean Williams was sacked four times for 39 yards.

Atholton fumbled on the first two plays of the second half, but recovered both. A poor punt set up the Wildecats at Atholton's 45-yard line, and two plays later Wilde Lake had its third touchdown. Lewis broke four tackles on his 36-yard TD run.

"That first series of the second half was the key to the game," Kelly said. "We needed to make a couple of first downs into the wind."

Pub Date: 9/14/96

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