Linganore feasts on Dunbar mistakes Lancers drop Poets to 1-2 with 41-30 drubbing

September 20, 1997|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

NEW MARKET -- Visiting Dunbar gave Linganore its first taste of Baltimore City competition last night. By the fourth quarter, Linganore's starters were begging for seconds.

After opening up a 41-16 lead in the fourth quarter, the Lancers went to their bench, enabling the Poets to score two unanswered touchdowns.

Linganore's starters re-entered in the waning moments to secure a 41-30 victory.

Senior running back Mike Cleveland led the way for the Lancers, slashing for 270 yards and four touchdowns on 31 carries.

Dunbar took care of the rest, committing five turnovers and numerous penalties.

"We just can't get over the hump. We make the same old mistakes week after week, and that's killing us," said Dunbar coach Stanley Mitchell. "My outside linebackers got caught inside every time, and that's just fundamental mistakes. We're a lot better team than we showed."

The visiting Poets (1-2) struck first with junior Tyrel Henderson returning the opening kickoff 96 yards. Quarterback DeNelle Hale scored for the conversion and an 8-0 lead with only 13 seconds gone.

The Lancers (2-1), state champions in 1989, 1991 and 1995 from Frederick County, showed they had some big-play ability of their own as senior Cleveland ran off-tackle for a 67-yard touchdown on the Lancers' second play.

A late hit on a punt-returner who signaled for a fair catch gave Linganore excellent field position late in the first quarter, and the Lancers took advantage, driving 44 yards on six plays. Cleveland capped the drive with a 10-yard run to make it 14-8.

A fumble by Hale early in the second quarter set up Cleveland's second score, a 58-yard touchdown run that made it 21-8.

Mike Borkovich's 23-yard fumble return gave the Lancers a 28-8 lead with 7: 10 left in the half.

Kirk Williams, Dunbar's 240-pound fullback, kept the Poets within striking distance by catching a 36-yard pass and later bulling over three would-be tacklers for a 9-yard touchdown run.

The Central Maryland Conference power answered by closing the half with a pair of field goals by Jason Powell, one a 32-yarder that put the hosts ahead 34-16.

With a 25-point lead, Linganore gave its starters a breather, a switch that gave Dunbar new life.

Poets quarterback Leonard Ferguson, who entered late in the second quarter, connected with Chris Barnes for a 49-yard touchdown and later hit Matheno Howell-Bey for a 29-yard score, forcing the return of Linganore's first team.

Pub Date: 9/20/97

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