Meade routs Arundel for 7th straight victory Barnes' 236 yards, 3 TDs are key in 41-15 thrashing

November 10, 1996|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

With two losses in their first three games, the Meade Mustangs readily admit they started this season with a wimper.

Yesterday, however, they finished with a bang.

Needing a win to keep their playoff hopes alive, the Mustangs came up with 461 yards of offense, including 411 on the ground, in a 41-15 win over host Arundel.

With its seventh straight victory, Meade (8-2 overall, 6-0 in the Anne Arundel County 4A League) accomplished two things: It all but clinched a berth in the Class 4A state playoffs and also wrapped up sole possession of first place in the league.

"The holes were there all day," said Mustangs running back Jessie Barnes, who carried the ball 17 times for 236 yards and three touchdowns. Along with teammate Tornardo Sharps (14 for 149, two TDs), the Mustangs' backfield moved the ball at will, averaging better than 12 yards a carry.

Barnes also eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the season, making both backs members of that club.

Said Barnes: "We knew we had to win. I wouldn't call it extra pressure, but we were hyped up more."

Arundel (6-4, 4-3) had just 89 yards of total offense in the first half. After taking an early 7-6 lead on Erik Lipton's 11-yard pass to tight end Joe Parker, the Wildcats began to sputter, first getting a pass intercepted deep in Meade territory and then failing to score from the Mustangs' 10.

"If we go up 20-7, we're probably going to play with a little more emotion," said Arundel coach Bill Zucco. "I don't know if that would've made any difference in the outcome of the game, but it would've given us a little cushion. We couldn't afford to get behind against a team like Meade."

But that's just what happened in the final minutes of the second quarter.

First, Sharps took a handoff at his own 16, started down the left sideline, broke a tackle after having been spun completely around, crossed field and scored an 84-yard touchdown to make it 14-7 Meade.

Then, on the Mustangs' next possession, Barnes capped off an 11-play, 90-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown plunge to increase the lead to 20-7.

When Barnes scored from a yard out on his team's opening drive of the second half, it was 26-7, and the rout was on.

"I think we have a very good offensive line -- I don't think there's any question about that," said Meade coach Jerry Hartman. "The kids are pretty big and pretty physical, and most of them are two-year starters. We were tickled today."

St. Mary's 40, Calvert Hall 3: Ernie Listman scored four touchdowns as top-ranked and host St. Mary's (8-2, 3-1) rolled over Calvert Hall (2-7, 0-3). Coupled with Mount St. Joseph's (6-4, 3-1) win yesterday over Loyola (4-4, 2-1), St. Mary's completes the season in a tie for the MIAA A Conference title. Loyola has one league game left against Calvert Hall Thanksgiving Day.

Listman ran an interception back 15 yards for a score and caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Metzbower as the Saints led 21-3 at the half. Listman scored again in both the third and fourth quarters, on a 8-yard run and a 22-yard pass from Metzbower, respectively.

Pub Date: 11/10/96

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