Hereford's Evans hits mark for Maryland Second career FG tops Northern Va. All-Stars in Chesapeake Classic, 29-20

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June 28, 1998|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK -- Hereford's Roger Evans went from goat to hero in the fourth period of last night's sixth annual Chesapeake Football Classic at Byrd Stadium, and Loyola's Brant Hall rushed for two touchdowns to overcome a subpar passing night as Maryland overcame Northern Virginia, 29-20.

An All-Metro punter-kicker, Evans hit only the second field goal of his career from 18 yards with 5: 33 to play as Maryland evened the series at three games each.

Evans, who set the single-season state record for extra points by going 75-for-84 as Hereford went 13-0, earlier was wide left on his extra-point attempt after James Johnson (McNamara) caught 55-yard touchdown pass from Brian Fleury (Seneca Valley) to bring Maryland to within 20-19. Johnson finished with six receptions for a record 151 yards and was Maryland's MVP.

Evans averaged 45 yards on four punts in a first half that ended in a 7-7 tie, including a 52-yarder and two touchbacks. He was two of four on extra points. One of his attempts was blocked.

"I was nervous. Real nervous, but I just wanted a chance to get back into position to win the game," said Evans, who slipped the game-winner under a diving would-be blocker. "Fortunately, I got that chance and I just focused on my follow-through and not their defense and I was able to end on a good note."

Hall, The Sun's All-Metro Player of the Year who is headed for Lehigh, gave Maryland a 13-7 lead on the second play of the third period with a 61-yard, play-action scoring run, the longest rushing touchdown in the classic's six years.

He also accounted for Maryland's last score, a 10-yard touchdown run with just over a minute left. Hall, whose 12 points tied a classic record, finished with six carries for 80 yards and completed four of 11 passes for 25 yards.

Mount St. Joseph's Shaz Brown scored a 39-yard touchdown that gave Maryland a 7-0 lead with 5: 10 left in the first half.

Dunbar All-Metro linebacker Kirk Williams, winner of the Sportsmanship Award, helped limit Virginia to 14 total yards in the first half. Williams had two tackles for a loss in the first bTC quarter and a touchdown-preventing tackle at the Maryland 3 in the second period. He also stopped a runner on fourth-and-one in the final period.

Virginia's scores were set up by the defense, with fumble recoveries by Tyree Harris (West Potomac) and Jim Turnmeyer (Robinson) and an interception by Willie Pile (West Potomac). Harris and Pile, Virginia's MVP, each had two interceptions.

Harris' recovery set up a 3-yard scoring catch by Justin McElfish (Osbourn Park) from Gibran Hamdan (O'Connell) with 1: 38 left in the first half, and Turnmeyer's recovery preceded Hamdan's 1-yard scoring run for a 14-13 Virginia lead with 2: 00 left in the third period. With 43 seconds left in the third period, quarterback Larnell Hamn (Potomac) completed a 42-yard scoring pass to Michael Marshall for a 20-13 lead with 43 seconds left in the third period.

Dunbar's All-Metro Dahnel Singfield was wide open twice late in the first period when he dropped two passes from Brant Hall. The first one, a 40-yarder, bounced off the hands of Singfield, whose back was to the goal at the Virginia 30. On the second, a leaping Singfield had again beaten his defender on Hall's slightly overthrown 45-yarder.

Fleury had 215 yards and a touchdown on 10-for-17 passing for Maryland.

Maryland 0 7 6 16 29

Northern Virginia 0 7 13 0 20

Md. -- Brown 39 pass from Fleury (Evans kick)

N. Va. -- McElfish 3 pass from Hamden (Airihiabere kick)

Md. -- Hall 61 run (kick failed)

N. Va. -- Hamdan 1 run (Airihiabere kick)

N. Va. -- Marshall 42 pass from Hamn (kick failed)

Md. -- Johnson 55 pass from Fleury (kick failed)

Md. -- Evans 18 FG

Md. -- Hall 10 run (Evans kick)

Pub Date: 6/28/98

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