5-0 Urbana punishes North Carroll errors Panthers can't get started against Hawks, fall 48-7

October 03, 1998|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IJAMSVILLE -- Make no mistake about it, North Carroll had trouble in the first half last night.

The Panthers gave powerful Urbana the ball near midfield twice on failed fourth downs, plus the Hawks recovered two North Carroll fumbles and intercepted a pass -- all before halftime.

Quarterback Zack Mills helped turn three of those miscues into scores as host Urbana jumped to a 20-point halftime lead and won with surprising ease, 48-7, over North Carroll in a Central Maryland Conference game.

Mills, a 6-foot-3 left-hander, picked apart North Carroll all night, completing 10 of 18 passes for 226 yards and one touchdown. The junior also ran for one touchdown, and several of his throws were big plays that helped Urbana score easily.

John Andrews ran for two touchdowns, as did Wayne Parrish. The Hawks had little trouble moving the ball all night, finishing with 461 yards total offense.

"They're a good team," said North Carroll coach Bill Rumbaugh. "They don't make mistakes."

But Urbana, just in its third year, took advantage when the Panthers made them. North Carroll (3-2, 1-1) gambled and went for it on fourth down on its first two possessions, failing both times and giving the Hawks the ball at their 48- and 47-yard


Urbana (5-0, 2-0) turned both of those gifts into quick touchdowns for a 14-0 lead. Mills' 34-yard pass to Thomas Parrish set up a 9-yard touchdown run by Wayne Parrish and a 7-0 lead on the team's first possession.

After North Carroll's Steve Suter was dropped for a 4-yard loss on fourth-and-1 on the next series, the Hawks took over and scored three plays later. Mills lofted a perfect pass to Bryan Rawlett for a 52-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead with 2: 26 left in the first quarter.

Urbana next recovered a North Carroll fumble and, after Mills hit Greg Hill with a 55-yard pass to the Panther 1, Andrews scored to make it 20-0.

North Carroll quarterback Justin Raynor then threw a screen to Suter, who made a great cutback and got loose for an 84-yard touchdown. Those were the first points the Urbana defense has allowed this season. The team has given up only 13 points, the other points being against its special teams unit.

But Wayne Parrish answered with a 67-yard run three plays later for a 27-7 lead.

Booming kickoffs by Kevin Burkey kept North Carroll in poor field position. Urbana made things worse by limiting Suter, one of the area's top backs, to just 64 yards.

"Our main concern was [stopping] Suter," said Urbana coach Dave Carruthers. "He's a good back."

Pub Date: 10/03/98

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