Hereford hopes to ring up Beall for its first state title Unbeaten Bulls facing formidable, 11-1 opponent from Allegany County @

November 29, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

The running of the Bulls continues, as Hereford faces Beall of Allegany County in its first Class 1A state title game in College Park at the University of Maryland's Byrd Stadium at 1 p.m. today.

Hereford (12-0) was a combined 29-63 over nine seasons before going 11-1 last year -- the second coaching season for Steve Turnbaugh and the program's first winning season.

The Bulls are seeking Baltimore County's fourth state title and first since 1990 when Randallstown won. Randallstown also won in 1984. Milford Mill has the third, in 1987.

The Bulls, ranked No. 3 in the metro area and No. 15 in the state, have won 23 of their last 24 games and are 20-0 over the past two regular-seasons. They've scored a state-record 575 points (48 per game on average), allowed 66 (5.5) and have eight shutouts.

Hereford also has established state records for rushing yards (5,146) in a season and touchdowns scored (83). Place kicker-punter-linebacker Roger Evans (5-10, 200) has the one-season state record for extra-point kicks (72 of 80 attempts this fall, 106-of-120 career).

But the Bulls face a determined squad in Beall (11-1), which has stunned both No. 2 seed Elkton (9-2) and No. 3 seed Allegany (10-2) by identical scores of 14-8 in its two playoff games. Allegany was heavily favored, having a 3-0 record with a 83-26 scoring advantage against the three opponents it had in common with Beall, which was 2-1 with a 71-72 scoring deficit vs. the same three teams.

Locally, the Mountaineers edged Severn of Anne Arundel County, 14-12, shutting out Dennard Melton (65 touchdowns, 412 career points), Maryland's No. 2 all-time scorer.

Linebacker Nick Marsh (18 tackles), defensive end Tom Leasure (13) and linebacker Shawn Opel (11) led Beall's defense last week, and top rusher Ryan Brodbeck (949 yards, 20 touchdowns this year) scored once.

Marsh has a team-high eight sacks, followed by Joe Dixon (five sacks, four fumble recoveries). Beall quarterback Justin Patterson averages 42 yards per punt.

Riding a six-game winning streak that includes three of its five shutouts, Beall is in its eighth playoff appearance but only its second title game after being runner-up to Boonsboro in 1993.

Turnbaugh, who with defensive assistant Mike Blizzard has scouted Beall, expects the Bulls' most difficult challenge of the season, particularly on defense.

For the Bulls, quarterback Marc Troch (46-for-74, 947 yards, 10 touchdowns, one interception) directs the wing-T offense, targeting receivers Jason Wingeart, Rob Collins and Andy Warner.

Fullback Jason Murphy (5-10, 235-pounds) has churned out 1,658 yards and 27 touchdowns. Wingeart (989 yards rushing) has scored 15 of his 18 touchdowns offensively, and Collins (690) has 14 scores, including seven receptions for 174 yards and three touchdowns.

The running game moves behind linemen Jason Shupert (6-1, 245), Brian Bandurchin (6-3, 261), Adam Hendrix (6-3, 242), Justin Wilhelm (247) Jeremey Hundertmark (200) and David Hale (6-2, 175).

College recruiters have given hard looks at Bandurchin and Shupert, the latter of whom carries a 3.4 grade average, scored 980 on his SAT.

Wingeart (6-0, 200) is viewed as the Bulls' other top college prospect, carrying a 3.4 GPA, an 1,130 SAT score. Defensively, he has a team-high 10 interceptions (25 for his career), three of which were returned for scores.

Brendan Klekner (6-0, 170) ranks second on the team with five interceptions, but several others have come through defensively.

Justin Phillips has a team-high 12 sacks, followed by Shupert (11), Collins (four), Evans (three) and others such as Justin Coon (6-4, 203) and Travis Ellwood. Collins is the Bulls' No. 1 tackler, but 5-4, 143-pound Pat Curtis can bench press 300 pounds. Blizzard calls him the Bulls' "hardest hitter."

"The kids started working out with weights the following Monday right after we lost in the state semifinals [to eventual state runner-up Kent] last year," said Turnbaugh. "The whole talk was about accomplishing more than we did last year."

Pub Date: 11/29/97

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