Sherwood takes 2nd title in row with 22-7 win over E. Roosevelt Game gives coach record eighth state championship

Class 4A football

December 01, 1996|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

COLLEGE PARK -- Sherwood coach Bob Milloy has never been one to steal the spotlight. It's a good thing, because if he did, there might be a state-wide blackout.

With his team's 22-7 win over Eleanor Roosevelt last night in the Class 4A state final at the University of Maryland's Byrd Stadium, Milloy won his state-record eighth championship, putting him one ahead of former Seneca Valley and Damascus coach Al Thomas.

As usual, the Warriors' fifth-year coach wasn't one for boasting.

"If [Thomas] was still coaching, he'd probably have 10 of them by now," said Milloy, who coached at Springbrook until 1992. "I'm not too worried about [the record]. I'm just happy that the kids played well and nobody got hurt."

Milloy watched as running back Tyree Foreman rushed for 130 yards and scored a pair of first-half touchdowns, and Damien Miggins returned a blocked field-goal attempt 61 yards in the third quarter to lead the Montgomery County school to its second straight state crown.

Sherwood (12-1) grabbed the lead early in the first quarter, as Foreman scored from a yard out and then ran for the two-point conversion to give the Warriors an 8-0 lead 4: 18 into the game.

They extended their lead to 15-0 on the second quarter's first play, with Foreman scoring from 5 yards with 11: 56 to play before halftime.

Late in the third quarter, Sherwood's Graham Manley blocked Lawrence Richmond's 43-yard field goal attempt, and Miggins took it 61 yards the other way for a touchdown to extend the lead to 22-0.

The Raiders (11-2) got their only score with 2: 57 remaining, when Lafayette Merchant hit William Bowden with a 6-yard touchdown pass.

The loss broke an 11-game winning streak for Eleanor Roosevelt, the Greenbelt team making its first appearance in the state finals.

"I thought that Sherwood was going to come at us with what they do best, and we were going to come at them with what we do best," said Roosevelt coach Pat McGroarty. "We played our hearts out. We played as hard as we could. Hats off to coach Milloy."

Pub Date: 12/01/96

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