Wilde Lake overcomes slow start, Centennial No. 10 Wildecats score 33 unanswered points for 33-6 victory

October 19, 1997|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

For a team expected to fold easily to No. 10 Wilde Lake yesterday, Centennial refused to play the role of patsy.

The Eagles took an early 6-0 lead to put a scare into the Wildecats before Wilde Lake scored 33 unanswered points behind the arm of senior quarterback Derek Bell to win comfortably, 33-6, and preserve the team's unblemished record.

The turning point was the second quarter, when the Eagles turned the football over three times, leading to 19 Wilde Lake points.

"That was the ballgame right there," said Centennial coach Ed Holshue, whose teams have never beaten the Wildecats in Centennial's 17-year history. "We played well for 45 out of 48 minutes, but we can't turn the ball over three times and let them score like that."

The game began well for the 3-4 Eagles, who pinned Wilde Lake (7-0) deep in its own territory on its first two possessions.

Centennial finally capitalized on outstanding field position when senior running back John Anacker (nine carries for 64 yards) took a handoff from senior quarterback P.J. Paolisso and rumbled 46 yards through the middle of the Wildecats defense to take a 6-0 lead with 1: 14 left in the first quarter.

Wilde Lake coach Doug DuVall acknowledged after the game that the early lead had worried him.

"We could never get on track," DuVall said. "We were sputtering, and I wasn't too happy with our performance."

But Wilde Lake needed only 73 seconds before senior running back Brandon Finney (nine carries for 54 yards) scampered 27 yards down the right sideline to put his team up, 7-6.

On the next Eagles drive, Paolisso's pass was intercepted at the 30-yard line by Wildecats senior linebacker Kurt Vogler, who returned it for another touchdown and a 14-6 lead with 11: 10 left in the second quarter.

On the ensuing kickoff, the football bounced off the leg of Centennial senior tailback Keith Williams, who was blocking a Wilde Lake player. The Wildecats recovered the ball, and Bell launched a perfect 27-yard touchdown strike to senior wide receiver Quentin Collins for a 20-6 lead -- just 43 seconds after their last score.

After Wilde Lake intercepted another Paolisso pass, junior running back Danny Bayron (22 rushes for 103 yards) added a touchdown to make it 26-6 with 26 seconds left in the second quarter.

Bell ended the scoring with a 61-yard pass to senior wide receiver Derrick Jordon, who outran two Centennial defenders with 2: 42 left in the game.

Bell, who finished two of four for 88 yards and two touchdowns, said the team has to guard against thinking about a perfect season, which will be tested by Atholton next week.

"We take it game by game," Bell said. "We don't overlook anyone."

Pub Date: 10/19/97

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