River Hill gift-wraps win for Oakland Mills Interception, blocked punt for TDs spur 36-7 victory


September 27, 1998|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Oakland Mills won its 23rd straight homecoming game and ended surprising River Hill's unbeaten season, 36-7, yesterday.

The Scorpions' aggressive defense forced four River Hill turnovers that led to three touchdowns.

River Hill, normally a ball-control team, trailed 21-0 after one quarter and was forced to pass. The Hawks threw 34 times, much more than normal.

"We really hadn't played a good game this season but did today," said Oakland Mills coach Ken Hovet, who was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame during halftime ceremonies. "If you play aggressive defense, big plays will happen."

Oakland Mills (3-1 overall, 2-1 league) scored on its first possession. A 17-yard punt return by Tom Browne put the Scorpions at their 47-yard line.

Vinnie Rubbo ran for 43 yards on first down. And three plays later Rubbo scored from the 2.

The Scorpions' defense held River Hill (3-1, 2-1) on three plays and forced a punt. Dennis Jackson blocked it, and William Shepherd recovered in the end zone for a touchdown.

On River Hill's fourth possession, Julian Barfield of Oakland Mills caused a fumble on first down and Jay Frizzelle recovered at River Hill's 29. Four plays later, Joey Ellis scored on a 7-yard run.

The first quarter had not yet ended and it was 21-0. And River Hill appeared to be in a state of shock.

Oakland Mills, which was assessed seven 15-yard penalties, drew an unsportsmanlike conduct and a clipping on the same play. That 30 yards backed the Scorpions to their 12. Then a 16-yard punt gave River Hill a chance to rally.

A personal foul against Oakland Mills that followed a sack moved the Hawks to Oakland Mills' 23. River Hill's Jason Fawcett, who was held to 60 yards on 11 carries, ran for 10 yards.

On second down, wide-open tight end Justin Curtis dropped a lob pass from quarterback Steve Glasgow spoiling a potential touchdown. River Hill threw two more incomplete passes and then fumbled on their next possession. Thaddeus Dymczenski recovered for Oakland Mills at River Hill's 33.

The Hawks held, however, and mounted a seven-play, 71-yard drive to the Oakland Mills 14. Then A. G. McCray dashed River Hill's comeback hopes by intercepting and running 90 yards for a touchdown and a 29-0 halftime lead.

Rubbo, who rushed 15 times for 98 yards and two touchdowns, rushed six times on a seven-play, 50-yard touchdown drive in the third quarter to make it 36-0.

River Hill went 72 yards -- 30 on penalties -- to score its lone touchdown on an 11-yard pass to Kris Kowgios, who caught six passes for 60 yards.

Glasgow completed 10 of 34 passes for 139 yards for the Hawks.

Wilde Lake 47, Mount Hebron 14: Quantell Battle rushed seven times for 131 yards and two touchdowns, and Jimmie Levens scored twice to lead the Wildecats (3-1) past the Vikings (2-2).

Battle scored on runs of 40 and 60 yards, and Levens had a 20-yard touchdown run and caught a 27-yard scoring pass from Seth Smith.

Chris Yetter opened the scoring when he returned an interception 47 yards in the first quarter.

The Vikings had five turnovers, including four interceptions and were out-gained 345-251.

Long Reach 38, Centennial 0: Junior Devin Conwell scored three touchdowns and rushed for 178 yards on 18 carries as the Lightning (2-2) blanked the Eagles (2-2).

Conwell scored on runs of 4 and 40 yards in the first half around a 42-yard field goal by Justin Havrilla to give the Lightning a 17-0 halftime lead. He added an 11-yard run in the third quarter.

In addition to his field goal, Havrilla was 5-for-5 on conversion kicks.

Hammond 32, Atholton 6: Calvin Wilmer ran 16 times for a game-high 237 yards and four touchdowns to lead the host Bears (1-3) over the Raiders (1-3).

Wilmer scored on runs of 3, 10 and 23 yards to give the Bears a 19-0 lead at the half, then added a 35-yard run in the third quarter.

Hammond gained 507 yards.

Pub Date: 9/27/98

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