S. Carroll gambles, wins over Linganore Two-point conversion by Luster at game's end lifts Cavaliers, 29-28


September 26, 1998|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

NEW MARKET -- Nobody will call South Carroll coach Gene Brown conservative anytime soon.

After quarterback John Luster hit Dave Keefer with a 19-yard touchdown pass that brought the Cavaliers to within one point of host Linganore last night with 50.2 seconds left, Brown decided to roll the dice.

He called timeout and decided to go for two points rather than kick for the tie. Luster then rolled right and barely got into the end zone for the conversion that gave South Carroll a stunning 29-28 victory over Linganore in a Central Maryland Conference game.

This was the first victory for South Carroll (4-0, 1-0) over long-time power Linganore (3-2, 0-1) since 1988.

"We had a chance to win it right there," said Brown. "I just didn't want to take it into overtime. I took a gamble."

Luster, who sparked the team's 22-point fourth quarter and 29-point second half, also expected to kick, but when Brown told him go for the win he was ready.

Luster looked for Keefer on the play, but the receiver was covered. The quarterback then put his head down, broke a tackle at the goal line and got into the end zone, touching off a wild celebration.

"That shows a lot of confidence in our team," said Luster. "I give him [Brown] a lot of respect for that."

Luster also earned a lot of respect. The tough Lancers defense shut him down in the first half, as he completed just four of 11 passes for 32 yards. He rebounded to complete six of 10 for 115 yards and a touchdown in the second half.

South Carroll needed to overcome a career game from Linganore running back Joey Bradshaw, who racked up 275 yards on 29 carries. Bradshaw scored on runs of 45 and 64 yards.

But the Cavaliers matched the Lancers, partly due to the strong running of Clarke Griffin. The senior running back gained 153 of his 164 yards in the second half, including a 79-yard touchdown on the first play of the third quarter that tied the game at 7 and ignited the Cavaliers.

The teams traded touchdowns the rest of the way. After Bradshaw's 45-yard scoring run on the first play of the fourth quarter, Jason Tourangeau answered for South Carroll with his own 2-yard touchdown to knot the score at 14.

Billy Bradshaw of Linganore made it 21-14 when he scored on a 8-yard burst up the middle with 4: 39 left. Luster then fired a perfect pass between two Lancers defenders to Andrew Nunemaker for 56 yards, and Tourangeau scored from 14 yards out a play later to make it 21-21.

Bradshaw put Linganore up 28-21 with his 64-yard run with 1: 46 left. The Cavaliers then took advantage of a short kickoff to get the ball at their own 48 and move for the last TD.

Pub Date: 9/26/98

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