Hereford stays perfect, routs Perryville, 35-6 Quarterfinal win runs Bulls' record to 11-0

November 16, 1996|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,STAFF WRITER

Neither the icy temperatures, nor the visiting Perryville football team could prevent second-year coach Steve Turnbaugh and his staff from continuing 11th-ranked Hereford's historic run.

Carl Yelton (17 carries, 150 yards) scored his 14th and 15th touchdowns in the first half, and added his 16th -- the Bulls' last -- with 6: 20 to play as top-seed Hereford trounced eighth-seeded Perryville (8-3) by 35-6 for the school's first-ever state 1A playoff victory before a partisan crowd of about 1,600.

"The entire line did a great job, tackles, guards, everybody," said Yelton, one of three starting seniors. "We got off to a slow start, but we just dug in and went for it all. Good things just happened from there."

The Bulls (11-0) became Baltimore County's first school to host a playoff game (all others are held at Dundalk CC or Catonsville CC) and will play host next Friday to the winner of today's quarterfinal between No. 5 seed Kent (9-1) and No. 4 Poolesville (7-3).

The Bulls, who yielded only Nathan Bieniek's 8-yard run with 23 seconds left, "were in big trouble early," said Turnbaugh, after three first-half turnovers in their own territory. The first couple were in the first quarter. But Hereford's defense, led by Jeff Schroeder (interception), Justin Coon (fumble recovery), Jason Shupert (6 feet 1, 245 pounds), Rob Collins and Roger Evans, twice came up with goal-line stands. Evans also booted two extra points.

"This was a big thing, tonight, and we had a spaghetti dinner at about 2: 30, so everyone came out pretty loose and focused to play," said Turnbaugh, a 1978 Hereford graduate whose alma mater had never seen a program go beyond .500, much less undefeated.

"We had some early jitters, but we shook them," said Shupert. "We tried to come out nice and loose, but whatever we did wrong tonight, we'll try to correct next week."

Hereford's 218-pound fullback, Jason Murphy (136 yards, 21 carries), whose yardage came mostly up the middle, made it 21-0 with his 16-yard score -- his 12th rushing touchdown -- with 7: 26 left in the third period. And just over two minutes later, Jason Wingeart (62 yards, 10 carries) got his seventh interception of the year -- his 14th in two seasons -- and returned it 32 yards to Perryville's 12. Four plays later, he scored his 13th touchdown of the season from 1-yard out. Coupled with Pat Devereaux's kick, the Bulls led 28-0 with 5: 01 left in the period.

After sacking Bieniek for a 2-yard loss on fourth-and-goal in the first period, Hereford drove 97 yards in 12 plays -- the last being Yelton's 25-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead with 7: 16 left in the half.

Next, the Bulls capitalized when the Perryville punter's knee touched before getting off his kick. Murphy ran 19 yards to the visitors' 14, and Yelton scored from 9 yards out two plays later. Quarterback Mark Troch's keeper on the conversion made it 14-0 with 4: 06 left in the half.

"The way we came back was pretty big, and the fan support was great," said Wingeart, part of a defense that has allowed an average of 6.6 points per game with three shutouts. "Every game, we take one at a time. That's our motto, and it's worked so far."

Hereford's effort came a week after trouncing Catonville to win its first regional title. It was a game in which the Bulls limited Ryan Davis to just over 100 yards and kept him out of the end zone just one week after he'd set a single-game rushing record (411 yards) and came within a touchdown (six) of the single-game state record.

Pub Date: 11/16/96

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