Friendly runs Meade down, 33-12 Mustangs' Smith scores two long touchdowns

September 12, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Bobby Lane's third touchdown of the night, an 89-yard run midway through the fourth period broke the back of No. 15-ranked Meade as Friendly (2-0) from Prince George's County escaped with a 33-12 victory.

Lane's game-clinching jaunt came after Meade (1-1) failed on a fourth-and-three at the Friendly 13. The dash gave Lane 205 yards rushing on 13 carries for the night.

Coupled with the pass-catch combo of Jamal Strong to Tra Tribble, Friendly was too much for the home team to handle. Strong and Tribble hooked up three times for 119 yards.

The visitors' win overshadowed a sterling effort by Meade's Andrew Smith, who did it all in a losing cause. Smith, the Meade quarterback, brilliantly ran the option, gaining 140 yards, including a 96-yard touchdown.

Smith, who also runs back punts and kicks, returned the second-half kickoff 78 yards for a touchdown to cut Friendly's halftime deficit to 21-12. The Smith scamper seemed to inspire the Meade team but to no avail.

After Meade's defense limited Friendly to three downs and a punt, Richard Redwood ran 24 yards for the Mustangs, but the subsequent drive stalled.

After losing to Friendly last season, the Mustangs found themselves with an 0-2 record that would later cost them a Class 4A playoff berth.

With Lane running for 114 of his yards, including an 84-yard touchdown scamper, and Strong completing five of seven passes for 133 yards, the Patriots rolled up 262 yards of total offense in the first half.

In contrast, the host Mustangs had 184 total yards, but 96 came on Smith's touchdown dash.

James Parker's 16-yard run on a counter play produced the game's first score with Aaron Stewart's point-after making it 7-0 Friendly with 3: 31 left in the first period.

After a Friendly punt by Lane backed the Mustangs to their own 4, Smith ran the option to perfection, juked a Patriots defender near the 40, and cut back to the middle to speed 96 yards to pay dirt. Antwan Smith's attempted tying kick was low and left, leaving the score 7-6 9: 32 left in the first half.

Meade shocked the visitors with an on-side kick on the subsequent kickoff. The Mustangs' Clifton White smothered the ball at Friendly's 47, but Meade could not capitalize on the break, turning the ball and momentum back to Friendly.

Three plays later, Lane went off tackle on a trap and cutback to the left sideline, racing 84 yards for a Patriot six-pointer. Stewart's kick was true, and it was 14-6 Friendly.

With 1: 14 left in the half, Smith's pitchout went awry, and Nate Turner recovered for the Pats at Meade's 12. Lane literally butted his way into the end zone past two Mustangs on the first play, giving the visitors a 21-6 halftime lead.

Pub Date: 9/12/98

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