East beats West in Baltimore County All-Star game Perry Hall's Merriwether paces win with 258 yards

High Schools

November 25, 1996|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Perry Hall's Jerry Merriwether wrestled last winter. He won Baltimore County outdoor track titles in the long jump and triple jump last spring. Today he begins his first indoor track season.

And with a 2.3 grade-point average and a Scholastic Assessment Test score above 900 -- he's shooting for 1,200 -- Merriwether is indeed versatile.

Yesterday at Hereford, Merriwether happened to be playing football. His 258 all-purpose yards helped the East team whip the West, 37-19, in Baltimore County's first Senior All-Star game. Named MVP for the East team, he also handled the place-kicking duties.

"I tried to show what I can do for the recruiters, because some of them said they'd be here today," said Merriwether, 6 feet, 195 pounds. "I'll play anywhere if given the chance."

Merriwether's 64-yard punt return for a touchdown, coupled with an extra-point kick by Perry Hall teammate Aaron Smith (10 carries, 57 yards), put the East up 7-0 with 9: 04 left in the first quarter. The West came within 7-6 after Western Tech's Marcus Lynch (10 carries, 108 yards) ran for an 80-yard touchdown. But Merriwether's 73-yard kickoff return to the West 11-yard line set up a 1-yard touchdown by Dulaney's Tom Bell (16 carries, 104 yards) for a 13-6 lead with 7: 48 left in the first quarter.

The East led 19-13 at halftime after Merriwether's 11-yard touchdown catch from Dulaney's Cliff Berger (8-for-14, 143 yards, three touchdowns). His 69-yard reception set up Berger's 1-yard scoring toss to Kevin Nida (Chesapeake) for the winning margin, and his end-zone interception of Franklin's Dontay Yarborough (five carries, 34 yards, one touchdown) killed the West's final drive.

A fumble recovery by West MVP Ty Burris (Milford Mill) at the East 21 led to a 7-yard scoring pass from Anthony Davis (Milford Mill) to Lenzey Hamilton (Milford Mill) and a 13-13 first-quarter tie. Burris also blocked an extra-point attempt and caused another fumble.

Rodney Pearce (Eastern Tech), who had two interceptions for the East, took a third-quarter pitch from Berger and threw a 72-yard touchdown pass to Overlea's Matt Watson for a 31-13 lead.

The East's Israel Ray (Kenwood) and Chris Johnston (Chesapeake) also had interceptions. For the West, Lansdowne's Eamon Givens (four carries, 49 yards) and Felix Buchannon (Randallstown) recovered fumbles, and Sean Galloway (Milford Mill) caused a fumble.

Pub Date: 11/25/96

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