Rubbo, Kellett power Scorpions Defense also stands out in 28-0 rout of Glenelg

October 26, 1997|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

A bend-but-don't-break Oakland Mills defense combined with a powerful running attack to end Glenelg's Class 1A playoff hopes yesterday, 28-0.

The victory kept the Scorpions (5-3 overall, 5-2 league) clinging to their Class 1A playoff hopes with two games to play, and maintained their record of never having lost a homecoming football game.

The powerful Scorpions tandem of running back Vinnie Rubbo and fullback Gregg Kellett never looked better. Rubbo carried 23 times for 202 yards and three touchdowns, and Kellett carried seven times for 99 yards. Kellett often provided key blocks for Rubbo out of Oakland Mills' I-formation.

The Oakland Mills offensive line of Mark Turnbough, Justin Heron, Lance Adams, Paul Duffy, Jay Frizzelle and Jeremy Mundell wore down Glenelg's defensive line by the third quarter.

Scorpions quarterback T.J. Welsh broke his left thumb in an automobile accident last Monday, and then sprained his ankle during practice Thursday. He played quarterback and defensive back despite his injuries, however, completing three of eight passes for 29 yards and throwing one interception.

It was a frustrating day for Glenelg coach John Davis. The Gladiators (4-4, 4-3) had 137 yards passing, 73 net yards rushing and penetrated Oakland Mills' 25-yard line five times without scoring.

Twice they ran out of downs, twice quarterback Zack McQuigg (12-for-25) threw interceptions and once the Gladiators ran out of time. They had the ball at Oakland Mills' 18-yard line when the first half ended.

"They were a tough, well-coached team and we were fortunate to get a win," Oakland Mills coach Ken Hovet said.

Oakland Mills drove 80 yards in four plays in the final 1: 30 of the first half for its first touchdown. On the drive Kellett had a 52-yard run and Rubbo had an 18-yard run and a 10-yard touchdown run.

Glenelg nearly broke the kickoff following that touchdown as Kendall Stewart made a 25-yard return to Glenelg's 46. Rubbo made a touchdown-saving tackle.

Then Todd Travis scared the Scorpions with a 21-yard run on the final play of the half.

An interception by Glenelg's Chip Horman on the third play of the second half should have given Glenelg momentum, but Oakland Mills' defense dug in and stopped the Gladiators with Heron making a key quarterback sack.

Then Oakland Mills rammed the ball 73 yards in seven plays and Rubbo scored on his second 10-yard touchdown run. He ran for two points making it 14-0.

On its next possession, Oakland Mills went 51 yards in eight plays and Rubbo scored from the 1-yard line.

Pub Date: 10/26/97

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