Wilde Lake wrangles win from Centennial, 29-7 Collins' INT return for TD breaks open close game

September 22, 1996|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

For Quentin Collins, redemption was especially sweet. The Wilde Lake junior cornerback, beaten earlier on a Centennial touchdown pass, made an inteception and ran 100 yards to score with five seconds left in the first half.

The play broke open a tight game and sent the unbeaten No. 12 Wildecats to a 29-7 victory over No. 13 Centennial yesterday at Wilde Lake.

With 2: 27 left in the half, Collins failed to stop a perfectly thrown 13-yard touchdown pass from Centennial quarterback Ryan Gielen to flanker Chip Harrison that pulled the Eagles within a touchdown.

After recovering an onside kick at Wilde Lake's 40-yard line, Centennial drove to a first down at the 13-yard line. Gielen threw three incomplete passes before Collins' interception.

"I knew they like to run the belly pass to the running back coming out of the backfield, and I read the quarterback all the way, and as soon as the ball left his hand I broke for the ball," Collins said. "I took a big gamble leaving my man, but I had to step up because I had gotten beat earlier."

Wilde Lake coach Doug DuVall said: "Quentin is a big-play player and this win was huge. Centennial is an opportunistic team and their quarterback throws well. Their defense locked up our inside running game so we had to go outside. We're playing pretty well for only the third game of the season."

After a Wilde Lake drive ended on downs at Centennial's 6-yard line in the first quarter, the Wildecats took advantage of Tony Jackson's interception at Centennial's 31-yard line and scored seven plays later, with Dain Lewis powering over from the 3 to start the second quarter.

Lewis (19 carries, 115 yards) led a Wilde Lake running attack that gained 218 yards on 38 carries. Sean Jefferson gained 60 yards and Kyle Leibe 46.

Wilde Lake (3-0 overall, 2-0 league) drove 47 yards on its next possession and scored again. Lewis had a 30-yard run on the four-play drive. And Jackson scored on a 20-yard pass to the right corner of the end zone. Wilde Lake led 15-0 on a conversion run by Nick Shavatt.

Centennial (2-1, 1-1) then put together a 10-play touchdown drive that was helped by two major penalties against Wilde Lake.

The second half was a source of frustration for both teams, but especially for Centennial, which failed to score despite two long drives.

Wilde Lake missed a 26-yard field-goal attempt in the third quarter when the ball hit the crossbar.

Then, Centennial, hoping to get back in the game, mounted a 13-play drive from its 20 to Wilde Lake's 33, but the Wildecats' defense stopped the Eagles there.

Wilde Lake then drove 62 yards on 11 plays for its final touchdown, as Jefferson scored from the 11-yard line with 4: 20 left to play.

Centennial came back with an 11-play, 64-yard drive that ended at Wilde Lake's 1 as time ran out.

"We made a good accounting and will do well the rest of the season," Centennial coach Ed Holshue said. "Our timing was off on our passes, but we ran better this week."

Centennial gained 113 yards rushing and Gielen completed 10 of 22 passes for 66 yards but threw two interceptions.

Atholton 39, Glenelg 0: Levar Macon rushed eight times for 98 yards and three touchdowns, including a 80-yard kickoff return to open the game, as the Raiders (1-2) shutout the host Gladiators (0-3).

Howard 28, Mt. Hebron 13: Brian Broadus completed four of nine passes for 68 yards and two touchdowns as visiting Howard (2-1) defeated Mount Hebron (2-1). Broadus went four-for-four on extra-point conversions. Jabraille Jackson had two catches for 17 yards and two touchdowns.

Douglass-PG 50, Westminster 6: Alex Coleman opened the game for Douglass by scoring on a 91-yard kickoff return. He added a 49-yard touchdown run on Douglass' second play from scrimmage.

Pub Date: 9/22/96

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