Eastern Tech knocks off Milford, 26-6 Mavericks force 3-way tie with Millers, Woodlawn in County 3A-4A race

November 04, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

There's something to be said about helping your brother, and Eastern Tech's Anthony and Steve Lawston said it all in yesterday's 26-6 rout of No. 9 Milford Mill.

Anthony (five receptions, 58 yards), a 6-foot-4, 210-pound junior, set up both touchdowns by Steve, a 6-foot, 190-pound sophomore who caught three passes for 48 yards and rushed four times for 72 more. The No. 6 Mavericks forged a three-way tie for the Baltimore County 3A-4A title with No. 10 Woodlawn, a 14-13 winner over Eastern Tech.

Milford Mill, a 36-28 winner at Woodlawn, entered as the 3A North Region's top team and the No. 1 seed in the eight-team state playoff field. Eastern Tech trailed runner-up Woodlawn in the region and had the seventh qualifying spot.

All three teams are 8-1 overall and 7-1 in the league. The Mavericks can secure a playoff berth with a win over Kenwood (3-6) next week, as can Woodlawn and Milford Mill with wins over Franklin (1-7) and Catonsville (4-4), respectively.

Shortly after Anthony out-leaped double-coverage for a 29-yard catch, Steve's 29-yard scoring reception gave the Mavericks a 13-0 halftime lead. Similarly, Anthony's sixth interception of the year set the stage for Steve's 46-yard run and Dan Eltringham's second extra-point kick with 42 seconds to play. Anthony also recovered a fumble.

The Mavericks' many weapons included sophomore scatback Jason Hartman (119 yards, 21 carries) and quarterback Brian Nagel (10-for-18, 132 yards), who passed for his area-high 17th touchdown.

Ralph Henry and Calvin Pearce had two sacks each. Ray Jones (interception) and Steve Costello (sack) each had a rushing TD, Jones, his team-high 12th. Joe Sentz recovered a fumble and Jake Hensler foiled a conversion pass.

"I got poked in the eye against Perry Hall last week and missed the entire game," said Steve Lawston. "I was ready for a comeback."

But there may be no coming back for Millers star rusher David Bazemore (1,023 yards, 13 TDs), who may be out for the season with torn knee ligaments. He was badly missed yesterday, as quarterback Richard Johnson (7-for-14, 103 yards) accounted for most of Milford's 110 yards of offense.

With 8: 21 left in the third period, Johnson's 31-yard scoring pass to David Boyd (five receptions, 81 yards) made it 13-6. But the Mavericks answered 1: 21 before the final period with a 10-play, 70-yard scoring drive for a 19-6 lead.

"They're [Mavericks] a good team," Milford coach Reggie Brooks said. "But none of our backs are close to Bazemore. He would have made it tougher for them [Mavericks]."

Pub Date: 11/04/97

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