Wilde Lake ends perfect league play Turnovers, 4 Lewis TDs drop Oakland Mills, 27-3

November 10, 1996|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Too much Dain Lewis and too many Wilde Lake take-aways added up to a 27-3 victory for the county champion over Oakland Mills yesterday in the final league game of the season.

The No. 4 Wildecats (10-0) stretched their winning streak to 13 games and hope to enter next week's state playoffs as the No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the Class 2A South Region.

"This was the game for us," said Lewis, who scored four touchdowns and rushed 25 times for 163 yards. He now has 1,514 yards this season and 26 rushing touchdowns. Teammate Sean Jefferson had 62 yards on 16 carries.

"We knew we would win this game, but we wanted to do it right," Lewis said. "Our line has been doing the job all season and came through again. And turnovers were big."

Lewis broke three tackles on his touchdown run of 16 yards with 8: 27 left in the first quarter. The score was set up by Tony Jackson's 30-yard punt return to the Oakland Mills 40-yard line.

But Lewis was even more impressive on a 46-yard run in the third period, when he carried Oakland Mills' Fardan Carter on his back for 30 yards before being dropped at the 7-yard line by a gang of tacklers.

"I was just thinking end zone," Lewis said.

His second touchdown, a 4-yard run with 4: 48 left in the first, was set up by a fumbled punt snap that gave the Wildecats field position at the Oakland Mills 11-yard line.

Wilde Lake went up 20-0 with 42 seconds left in the second period on a 2-yard Lewis run. That touchdown was set up by a 45-yard pass from quarterback Derek Bell to Jackson.

Oakland Mills' T. J. Smith kicked a 42-yard field goal with six seconds left in the first half. It was set up by a 30-yard pass from T. J. Welsh to Carter.

Using its passing attack, the Scorpions drove inside Wilde Lake's 10-yard line twice in the second half, but both times Wilde Lake's Brandon Finney intercepted passes on the goal line. Oakland Mills (6-4) also lost two fumbles in the game.

Welsh completed nine of 19 passes for 102 yards in the second half, and was 12-for-30 for 133 yards for the game. Bryan Cole caught six passes for 88 yards.

Scorpions running back Carter was held to 57 yards on 15 carries.

"We made too many mistakes to beat a team like Wilde Lake," Oakland Mills coach Ken Hovet said. "And our line got beat up a little."

Scorpions running back Quan Davis said: "Wilde Lake executed. They were tough. There was nothing we could do about it."

Centennial 33, Mount Hebron 20: Chip Harrison made five catches for 105 yards and three touchdowns as visiting Centennial (7-3, 6-3) defeated Mount Hebron (3-7, 2-7). Ryan Gielen was 9-of-14 for 176 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Eagles.

Atholton 36, Hammond 6: Levar Porter rushed for two touchdowns as visiting Atholton (7-3, 7-2) defeated Hammond (4-6, 4-5). Sean Williams rushed for a 36-yard touchdown and went 4-for-4 in extra-point and field-goal attempts.

River Hill 24, Long Reach 21: Bo Pich threw for a touchdown and ran for another to lead the Hawks (1-9, 1-8) to their first victory in the season-ending game for both schools. Pich threw for 157 yards on 10-for-24 passing and also ran for 85 yards on 10 carries. Greg Matusewitch had touchdown passes of 11 and 88 yards for Long Reach (4-6, 3-6).

Pub Date: 11/10/96

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