Westminster left behind as Douglass rolls, 50-6 Owls overcome by speed of Prince George's team

September 22, 1996|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

UPPER MARLBORO -- On paper, the first quarter of Westminster's game at Douglass of Prince George's County yesterday appeared to belong to the Owls.

Westminster ran 23 of the first 25 plays from scrimmage and had possession for nearly eight minutes of the opening period.

The Owls had one problem at quarter's end -- they trailed by 16 points.

Alex Coleman opened the game for Douglass by scoring on a 91-yard kickoff return. He added a 49-yard touchdown run on its second play from scrimmage, and the Eagles got several big plays from Mike Crawley, Harold Lewis and others in a 50-6 rout of Westminster.

Douglass (3-0), which defeated two-time defending state champion Dunbar last week, blew the game open early with a number of big plays. Their speed and quickness proved too much for Westminster (2-1) on both sides of the ball.

The Eagles ran for 343 yards -- led by Coleman's 150 on eight carries -- and wound up scoring on punt, kickoff and interception returns as well as runs from scrimmage.

"They're just quick, really big and strong," said Westminster quarterback Billy Mays. "They had everything."

After Coleman scored the two quick touchdowns,quarterback Crawley ran for two-point conversions both times for a 16-0 lead just 5: 12 into the game.

The Eagles then mixed things up a bit by eating up nearly nine minutes with a 16-play, 92-yard drive -- capped by Crawley's 5-yard run.

Coleman then intercepted a Mays pass on the next series, and the Eagles scored five plays later on Lewis' 37-yard run. The big play on that drive -- Crawley's 14-yard pass to a wide-open Darren Black on a fake punt.

Kenny Cooper stretched it to 36-0 with 1: 14 left in the half when he scored on a 55-yard punt return. Coleman added a 75-yard run in the second half.

"We needed to come in and get off to a good start," said Westminster coach Frank Mantinaos. "That opening kickoff return put the monkey on our back. This team is a tremendous team."

The Douglass offense proved too much for the Owls. Crawley ran the wishbone masterfully, as his sleight of hand often fooled the Owls. He scored on three two-point conversions and twice literally walked into the end zone.

Westminster shut down the Douglass running game at times, especially on straight-ahead plays. But when the Eagles ran option or veer plays, the wishbone was anything but lucky for Westminster.

"The line blew some holes open for us," said Lewis, who finished with 95 yards on nine carries. "When you hit the hole, lower your shoulder and turn on the boosters, it's time to go."

Westminster moved the ball well at times, especially in the second half. The Owls took the opening kickoff and marched 63 yards on eight plays, capped by a 13-yard touchdown pass from Mays to Tom Herb.

Mantinaos liked that his team stopped Douglass twice in the second half, but wants the Owls to forget about this game and move on.

"This is early in the season, and it's just one loss," said fTC Mantinaos. "We have a 2-1 record going into North Carroll, and that's what we have to focus on."

Pub Date: 9/22/96

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