Oakland Mills played give-and-take in win Notebook

September 23, 1998|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

In a game of point-counterpoint, Oakland Mills had the last word in Saturday's thrilling 12-7 win over Centennial.

Oakland Mills broke a scoreless tie in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run by Vinnie Rubbo, following a Centennial turnover at the Eagles' 25-yard line. But Centennial blocked the extra-point kick.

Centennial countered with two minutes to play on a 31-yard pass from Don Swan to Brian O'Connor. Kevin Laycock kicked the extra point for a 7-6 lead.

Oakland Mills answered on the first play of its next possession when T. J. Welsh hit Tom Browne with a 67-yard scoring pass for a 12-7 lead.

But Centennial wasn't done. The Eagles had a first down at the Oakland Mills 30 with a minute to play, but Joe Ellis intercepted a pass by Swan to save the game.

"They played better than we did," Oakland Mills coach Ken Hovet said.

Oakland Mills drew 14 penalties for 253 yards, and had a touchdown and a 50-yard run called back. Centennial drew only three penalties.

"That's a record for penalties for us. Some of them were legitimate and some were questionable," Hovet said.

Hovet said Rubbo, the 1997 Howard County Offensive Player of the Year who sprained his ankle the first game of the season, is not quite 100 percent, but he played well enough to gain 158 yards on 24 carries.

Centennial coach Ed Holshue was impressed by Oakland Mills' defensive line play.

"They were tough up front and we couldn't run well. They were quicker and stronger," Holshue said. "Our field position was horrible until the fourth quarter, and we made four turnovers."

The Scorpions held Matt Deuchler, who had gained more than 300 yards in his first two games, to 51 yards on 18 carries.

Underdogs win again

It's kind of shocking to look at the league football standings and to see Mount Hebron and third-year River Hill tied for first place with Wilde Lake at 2-0. The Vikings and Hawks each won one game last season.

Last week the Vikings defeated Hammond, 26-13, on touchdown runs of 11, 24 and 32 yards by Jerry Hicks, who rushed 25 times for 125 yards. Hicks has 308 yards and eight touchdowns.

Vikings quarterback Jason Morrisey completed seven of 15 passes for 85 yards and one touchdown to Saud Chaudry.

The game was tied at halftime, 7-7, before Mount Hebron scored three straight times.

"The kids are excited and are starting to believe," first-year coach Larry Luthe said. "There is a good atmosphere at practice. We are getting better all the time."

Still throwing big blocks

Gregg Kellett, whose blocking was instrumental in Rubbo's school-record 1,873 yards for Oakland Mills last season, was at it again last Saturday -- for a new school.

Marshall (3-0) posted a 24-21 upset of South Carolina on Saturday, one of the biggest victories in recent school history. And Kellett, the starting tight end, threw the block that allowed Marshall to tie the game at 21 before 80,000 South Carolina fans.

Kellett, a true freshman who beat out a veteran senior, has four catches for 34 yards this season.

Another former Scorpion, Fardan Carter, is a second-team cornerback for Marshall.


Adom Crew of River Hill joins the under-17 national team today for a one-week training camp in Florida.

The No. 1-ranked Hawks (4-0) defeated Urbana on Friday night, 4-1, on goals by Todd Tedrow, Elliott Marquis, Brett Endler and Brent Tyson. Urbana tied the game at 1-1 on a disputed call that fired up the Hawks.

"The whistle blew at about 20 yards out. My guys stopped playing. The ball kept rolling and eventually went into the net. And they called it a goal," an incredulous River Hill coach Bill Stara said.

Trevin London, Hammond's new coach, believes that teams have to play the best to be the best. His team has lost to No. 3 McDonogh, 5-0, and No. 2 Curley, 7-0. He's hoping the competition improves the Bears (1-4-1) by playoff time.

Hammond's toughest loss was to Magruder. The Bears led 2-1, but gave up goals in the 75th and 78th minutes on mental mistakes.

The No. 7-ranked Oakland Mills boys team defeated Elkton, 1-0, last week, but it wasn't as close as the score made it appear.

lTC Coach Don Shea's team had three goals called back, and was called for 30 fouls; Elkton was called for two. Oakland Mills outshot Elkton, 20-2.

Pub Date: 9/23/98

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