Long Reach makes impression with upset of Oakland Mills

September 25, 1996|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

"Everywhere I go, people are talking about it," Long Reach football coach Pete Hughes said.

"It" is Long Reach's 21-7 upset victory over two-time defending county champion Oakland Mills last Saturday.

Oakland Mills had won 14 of its past 15 league games, but lost to a first-year team with no seniors.

"I kept hammering it into their heads that they could win," Hughes said. "We only had three penalties, no turnovers, and Chris Smith was outstanding. He had a 39-yard run for a touchdown, and caught a 64-yard pass to the 1-foot line."

Long Reach's defense, which started four freshmen, held Oakland Mills to 114 yards. The Scorpions had six turnovers, four fumbles and two interceptions.

Hughes said that a 15-yard penalty against Oakland Mills for taunting before the game began helped Long Reach (2-1 overall and in county).

"That lit a fire under us," Hughes said. "I thought we might be intimidated by their home field and black uniforms."

Oakland Mills (0-3, 0-2) played without star running back Fardan Carter, who was injured. And they started a sophomore quarterback, T. J. Welsh, who was pressured all day and completed five of 19 passes for 47 yards.

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Brian West (Centennial), The Sun's 1995 All-Metro Soccer Player of the Year, has, as a freshman, scored two goals, given four assists, and has started every game for Virginia. Freshman Mike Green (Howard) is a backup defender for the Cavaliers and has played in one game.

Gauti Johannesson of Mount Hebron, an exchange student from Iceland, made a strong showing in cross country last week, finishing sixth in the Westminster Invitational (17 minutes, 51 seconds) on Wednesday, and fifth (17: 07) at the Howard County Striders Invitational Friday.

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Mike Mongelli has said he will not return as the varsity boys basketball coach at Hammond. No replacement has been named.

Ron Gamble (Hammond), The Sun's Howard County Co-Defensive Player of the Year last season, has started on the special teams all three games for the University of Connecticut. He has made one tackle. After tryouts at fullback and linebacker, he is now a backup defensive end.

Seth Willingham (Wilde Lake) is the second-string quarterback as a redshirt freshman at Eastern Illinois, which is 3-0 and ranked ninth in the nation in the NCAA's Division I-AA .

Alex Mueller (Gilman), a sophomore from Ellicott City, is a second-string offensive lineman for Notre Dame.

Rene Bonet (Hammond) scored a 38 and Matt Sexton (Centennial) and Sean Ledonne (Centennial) scored 39 as medalists last week in the Howard County Golf League at Hobbit's Glen. Centennial and Wilde Lake are tied for first place with 3-0 records. Mount Hebron and Howard are 2-1.

Tim Spruill (Hammond), The Sun's Howard County Offensive Player of the Year, is a second-string wide receiver as a true freshman for Virginia. He has not played yet.

DaLawn Parrish (Howard), The Sun's Howard County Defensive Player of the Year in 1994, is injured and not practicing with Wake Forest.

After making 54 tackles in nine games as a true freshman for the Demon Deacons last season, Parrish, a free safety, made another six tackles in this season's opening game against Appalachian State, but was then injured. He has not played or practiced since then.

Rick Lloyd, an assistant football coach at River Hill, will be the school's first baseball coach. Lloyd teaches at the Gateway School.

Brian Howard, The Sun's 1995 Howard County Co-Defensive Player of the Year, is a second-string defensive end for Harvard. He made one tackle in his team's season-opener last week -- a 20-13 overtime loss to Columbia.

Pub Date: 9/25/96

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