Lawston tall in OT for Eastern Tech Unranked Bel Air upsets No. 3 Wilde Lake, 27-21

September 05, 1998|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Eastern Tech's Steve Lawston went from goat to hero in the fifth-ranked Mavericks' 13-6, overtime victory over 12th-ranked Aberdeen last night at Middle River Middle School.

After being burned on a 50-yard scoring reception that tied the game at 6-all with 3: 10 left in regulation, Lawston ran for the game-winning, 10-yard score on the Mavericks' first down of overtime.

And then he intercepted a pass on Aberdeen's series to secure a season-opening win.

Lawston's decisive effort came after Aberdeen's Tristan Stanley had his apparent equalizing score disallowed because of a holding penalty. It was Stanley whose interception set up Darrell Washington's touchdown catch from Chuck Faison in regulation, after which Matt Bundy's go-ahead extra-point attempt was wide left.

"I got burned on that pass, but I had to come back and do my thing," said Lawston, who rushed for 98 yards on 18 carries while moving from wide receiver to replace running back Jason Hartman, who is out for the season with a knee injury.

"Our starter got hurt, and I had to fill his shoes. We could have been a lot better," he said, "but I felt it was my fault we were in that situation."

Eastern's All-Region running back Ray Jones, a 6-foot-1, 230-pounder, rushed for 134 yards on 19 carries and capped 10-play, 81-yard drive to give the Mavericks a 6-0 halftime lead.

Defensively for Eastern Tech, Lenny Swigart had two sacks and a fumble recovery, Greg Brown had two sacks, and Jones and second-team All-Metro Ralph Henry each had one sack.

Mavericks' quarterback Scott Pearce, up from an 8-2 JV, went 3- for-8 for 61 yards and had trouble getting the ball to All-Metro Anthony Lawston.

The Eagles (0-1) held their own without SuperPrep All-American receiver Stephon Watson, out with a shoulder injury. Quarterback-running back-defensive back Faison had an interception, and fullback-linebacker Matt Kunkel recovered a fumble. Mel Pierce, a 5-9 player, leaped to bat down a pass intended for Anthony Lawston, and Doug Phillips had a sack.

"If I'd have been playing," Watson said, "it would have been a totally different game."

Rafalski's four TDs lead Bobcats' surprise

Senior quarterback Adam Rafalski rushed for 100 yards and accounted for four touchdowns as unranked Bel Air toppled visiting, No. 3-ranked Wilde Lake, 27-21, in the opener for both schools last night.

Rafalski ran for two touchdowns and passed for two others for the Bobcats.

His 26-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter tied the game at 21-21, and his 20-yard pass to Chris Reynolds on the Bobcats' next possession put Bel Air ahead to stay.

The Wildecats from Columbia -- 13-0 state Class 3A champions last fall and favored by many to repeat -- trailed early, 14-0, but Jimmy Levins' 45-yard touchdown run put them ahead by seven before Rafalski scored two more TDs.

Wilde Lake had a potential game-tying drive end early in the fourth quarter with a fumble at the Bel Air 6-yard line.

No. 6 Poly 13, Fallston 0: Timmy Frazier threw a 55-yard touchdown pass and Lonnie Williams ran for another score as the Engineers defeated the host Cougars in the opening game for both schools.

Pub Date: 9/05/98

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