Perfect ending for Hereford Dunbar beaten

13-0 Bulls blank Beall to win first state title

Fort Hill shells Poets

November 30, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK -- Baltimore County is celebrating its first high school football state title in seven years today, but Baltimore City is lamenting a loss.

No. 3-ranked Hereford completed a 13-0 season yesterday by blowing out Allegany County's Beall, 27-0, for the Class 1A title at the University of Maryland's Byrd Stadium, but No. 7 Dunbar lost its Class 2A final, 22-6, to another Allegany County team, Fort Hill.

Hereford became Baltimore County's fourth state champion, joining Randallstown (1984 and 1990) and Milford Mill (1987).

The Bulls' victory was their 24th in 25 games and came one year after they went 11-1 and reached the Class 1A semifinal.

It caps a remarkable turnaround for Hereford's program, which had gone a combined 26-63 from 1987 to 1995 and had never won more than five games in a season until last year under coach Steve Turnbaugh, who is 29-6 in three seasons.

Fullback Jason Murphy scored two touchdowns for the Bulls, giving him 29 for the season. "We were hungry today," he said. "You're talking about something that may never happen again in my entire life."

Yesterday's game was the first state title appearance for the Bulls, who trailed only once this season, 6-0 in an eventual 28-6 rout of Randallstown, and finished with nine shutouts.

Dunbar's loss ended a seven-game winning streak. The Poets, winners of two state titles in five years of playoff participation under coach Stanley Mitchell and assistant Ben Eaton, finished 8-5.

(Coverage, Page 15C)

Pub Date: 11/30/97

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