Oak. Mills uses size to snother Atholton Rubbo, Kellett lead way as Raiders romp, 36-3

October 05, 1997|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

One football maxim says that you can't win without speed.

Oakland Mills (3-2 overall, 3-1 league) is proving that speed is not essential, however, if you have two big running backs like Vinnie Rubbo and Gregg Kellett.

In a battle of second-place teams yesterday at Oakland Mills, the Scorpions wore down the smaller Raiders to win easily, 36-3.

Oakland Mills tailback Rubbo, at 6-0, 185 pounds, rushed 29 times for 198 yards and five touchdowns. The Scorpions fullback, 6-foot-4, 220-pound Kellett, ran nine times for 53 yards.

"Physically, we wear the opposing team down by making the linebackers make the tackles. It gets old, having those two big kids coming at you, and then we start running mis-direction," Oakland Mills coach Keb Hovet said.

"Rubbo is not your classic tailback but he's elusive and he and Kellett are a good tandem. Once the other team gets tired, speed is not that important. If you give Rubbo the ball 30 times, then good things are going to happen."

Kellett knocked Atholton's best player, Lamar Porter, out of the game with a shoulder injury late in the first half. Porter came up to tackle Kellett and the collision left both players sprawled on the ground for a minute.

"I wasn't thinking about getting hurt. I just wanted to hit him hard," Porter said.

Atholton (3-2, 2-2) also got a few other players injured. "Physically we're all banged up," Atholton coach Kevin Kelly said. "Oakland Mills is a big, physical team and our line hung in there. But it's kind of disappointing. It's a tough day for the Raiders."

Oakland Mills' first touchdown was a gift from Atholton, which fumbled the game's opening kickoff at its own 32-yard line. Oakland Mills took six plays to score.

It was the first of four Atholton turnovers -- three on fumbles. The Raiders also fumbled once in the end zone for a safety.

The Raiders closed the gap to 7-3 on a 29-yard field goal by Wade Zancan with 10: 14 left in the second quarter.

But Atholton fumbled a pitchout in the end zone for an Oakland Mills safety, and the Scorpions drove 66 yards on nine plays to score on a 1-yard Rubbo run with 4: 52 left in the first half. The big play on the drive was a 40-yard pass play to Rubbo.

A 6-yard punt by Zancan set up another Oakland Mills touchdown just before halftime. The Scorpions took the ball at Atholton's 32 and four plays later Rubbo scored on a 5-yard run for a 23-3 lead.

Oakland Mills rushed for 308 yards and Scorpions quarterback T. J. Welsh completed two of six passes for 49 yards. Atholton was held to 42 yards passing and 49 yards rushing.

"Our off-tackle play worked good today," Rubbo said. "Joe Ellis and Gregg Kelltt gave me some good blocks. Jay Frizzelle played well for us defensively. Atholton's a decent team but we kind of expected a score like this."

No. 12 Calvert Hall 28, No. 2 Mount St. Joseph 21: Chad Parsons had two touchdowns and 111 of the Cardinals' 195 rushing yards, and Jason Bungori (6-for-12, 125) threw two other scores to receiver Avon Mack, whose five receptions for 117 yards came as the Cardinals (5-0, 1-0) built a 21-7 halftime lead on the two-time defending MIAA champion Gaels (3-2, 0-1).

Calvert Hall routed by a combined 100-16 in its previous two games against the Gaels, was led defensively by Lou Georgalas (two sacks, one blocked punt), Alan Maszarose (one sack), Matt Harlan (fumble recovery), Chris Liberto (fumble recovery) and Greg Smoot.

Greg Jones gained 107 yards and scored a touchdown for the Gaels.

Long Reach 55, Mt. Hebron 0: Running back Devon Conwell rushed nine times for 154 yards and touchdown runs of 1 and 7 yards as the Lightning (4-1) beat the visiting Vikings (1-4). Quarterback Greg Matusewitch threw two touchdowns for Long Reach.

Pub Date: 10/05/97

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