Bullish Hereford hammers out 28-6 victory Randallstown battered for 337 rushing yards

October 26, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

"If you're not part of the steamroller, you're part of the pavement," reads a sign near Hereford's football office. Its players' T-shirts read: "SMASHMOUTH."

At Randallstown yesterday, the Bulls locked horns with the Rams, winning their head-butting war, 28-6, as ball-control overcame speed.

An offense that averaged 51.1 points rushed for 337 of its 371 yards. Hereford's 5-foot-9, 235-pound fullback Jason Murphy (200 yards, 26 carries, two touchdowns) hammered the middle, and 6-2, 177-pound Rob Collins (101 yards, two touchdowns), worked the misdirections.

Afterward, each player pointed at his chest.

"People said we couldn't do it, but we found strength right here," said Murphy, who now has 1,120 yards and 16 touchdowns despite routinely being lifted for reserves before halftime.

"Until today, it's been easy," Collins said. "This was a test of heart."

The Bulls (8-0 overall, 6-0 against Baltimore County's 1A-2A) didn't get their sixth straight shutout, but did win their 18th straight regular-season game (their 19th of the past 20).

Hereford is on course to win its second straight 1A North Region title with regular-season games left against Patapsco and Loch Raven.

Randallstown's first-year coach, Bruce Strunk, had seen improvement in his Rams since a season-opening, 14-0 loss to No. 9 Milford Mill (8-0). His team had no turnovers and few penalties yesterday.

But in light of last week's Milford Mill victory over 11th-ranked defending county 3A-4A league champion Woodlawn, the Bulls hoped to earn bragging rights as the county's best team.

"They were stronger on the line, with great angular pursuit, defensively," Strunk said. "They do it right at Hereford. That's where our program hopes to be."

Randallstown led, 6-0, after a game-opening drive covered 80 yards in nine plays -- the last a 9-yard scoring keeper by Jerome Lawson (5-for-12, 81 yards passing). "We wanted to strike early, but we only did it once," said Strunk, whose team trailed 14-6 at halftime.

Defensively, Justin Phillips and David Quidley had sacks and Brendan Klekner an interception, and the Bulls stifled the Rams' T.J. Stallings, the area's rushing leader with 1,152 yards, limiting him to 47 yards.

All-Metro safety Jason Wingeart (22 career interceptions) returned from a hip injury that forced him to miss last week's 54-0 Hereford rout of Lansdowne and was often the last tackler between speedy Randallstown and the end zone.

Randallstown's Karreem Holmes recovered Hereford's second-quarter fumble, its fourth turnover of the year.

Otherwise, the Bulls' offense was unstoppable, scoring a touchdown per quarter on drives of 80 yards in nine plays, 70 in seven, 63 in 14 and 75 in 11.

Rams linemen B. J. Thomas and Marvin Beasley (both 270 pounds) were worn down by second-team All-Metro Jason Schupert (245), Brian Bandurchin (261), Adam Hendrix (242), Justin Wilhelm (247), Jeremy Hundermark and David Hale.

"They [Rams] came right down and scored on us, but our kids didn't panic," said coach Steve Turnbaugh. "We needed this type of game to prepare for the playoffs."

No. 9 Milford Mill 38, Dulaney 0: Richard Johnson completed 10 of 15 passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns to keep the Millers (8-0) undefeated. John Rich had 12 tackles and an interception for Milford Mill.

No. 10 Woodlawn 52, Dundalk 0: Reggie Danage and Tavon Mason combined for 303 yards rushing and five touchdowns as the host Warriors (7-1) overwhelmed the Owls (1-7). Danage had 135 yards and touchdown runs of 29, 10, and 15 yards. Mason added 168 rushing yards and scored on runs of 66 and 24 yards.

Pub Date: 10/26/97

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