Teamwork pushes River Hill to road victory Howard notebook

October 22, 1997|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

River Hill won its first football game of the season Saturday, its second in school history, defeating Mount Hebron, 19-14.

"Team-wise we're more competitive this season," Hawks coach Don Van Deusen said. "We've given up some big plays but played well against Long Reach and were in the game for a while against Oakland Mills."

Sophomore running back and linebacker Jason Fawcett led the Hawks with 57 rushing yards on 16 carries. He scored a touchdown and made 10 tackles.

Quarterback Mike Schoonmaker completed 11 of 18 passes for 141 yards. Robert Jay caught eight passes for 118 yards. Eric McCoy and Mike Kelley also scored touchdowns. Kelley and Doug Clime each made 10 tackles.

"We felt this game would be even," Van Deusen said. "Our defense played well and created four turnovers."

The key was a 65-yard scoring drive in the third quarter by River Hill that put the Hawks ahead 19-7. The Hawks also stopped a late Vikings drive at the Hawks' 20-yard line.

It was River Hill's first road victory. River Hill defeated Long Reach last season.

Santilli set to defend title

At tomorrow's cross country championships, one of the burning questions is whether defending girls champion Beth Santilli is ready for a top effort.

She has recovered from a foot stress fracture suffered during the outdoor championships last spring. She missed training most of the summer.

"Her times are back down and her endurance is back up," Glenelg coach Roger Volrath said.

Santilli's main challenger may be newcomer Suzy McCullogh of Centennial.

Centennial's entire girls team appears to be a lock to win the championship for the third consecutive season since Sarah Ordaz and Neha Amin both finished in the top five at the county championships last season.

"When Centennial ran at our place, they did a number on us," Volrath said. "We keep a Top-10 list [since 1983], and three of their girls made our all-time Top-10 list as a result of running on our course this season."

Redshirts are plentiful

The normal course for college football freshmen at Division I schools is to sit out a year.

Four county players who are among those wearing redshirts this season are Florida A&M's T.J. Smith (Oakland Mills), Holy Cross' Chip Harrison (Centennial), Marshall's Fardan Carter (Oakland Mills) and Southern University's Dain Lewis (Wilde Lake).

One exception is Maryland's Tony Jackson (Wilde Lake). He has been among the first-year freshmen who have played a lot as new coach Ron Vanderlinden rebuilds the program.

Team play rallies Glenelg

How many football teams have outscored the opposition 20-0 in the fourth quarter to win?

Glenelg did that Saturday in a 34-31 victory over Atholton.

The Gladiators (4-2 in their league) are tied with Oakland Mills for third place. The teams play each other Saturday.

Quarterback Zach McQuigg completed 17 of 25 passes for 169 yards and one touchdown during the comeback.

McQuigg had plenty of targets: Mike Rice (5 for 60), Andy Dana (2 for 49), Kendall Stewart (4 for 24), Todd Travis (3 for 28) and Chip Horman (2 for 13).

Stewart also rushed for 66 yards, made 10 tackles and intercepted his fifth pass of the season. Horman rushed for 82 yards and scored two touchdowns.

Troy Drake was Glenelg's outstanding defender. He made seven tackles, two fumble recoveries, one interception, caused a fumble and deflected a pass.

Pub Date: 10/22/97

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