Brother act keeps Meade going North County falls, 27-13, to hard-hitting Mustangs

October 03, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Big brother ran and little brother passed as the Smith boys and a hard-hitting defense led Meade (3-2, 2-0) to a 27-13 victory over North County (2-3, 2-1) in Anne Arundel County's Class 4A League last night.

The win was the Mustangs' third straight over the Knights, the last two under coach Mark Frye, who boldly switched senior quarterback Andrew Smith to tailback and inserted Smith's freshman brother Antwan at quarterback.

Andrew carried 20 times for 144 yards, including a 66-yard touchdown run in the first half. Little brother in his first varsity start was 4-for-4 for 79 yards and two second-half touchdowns passing.

The freshman Smith calmly guided a Mustangs offense that rolled up 385 yards of total offense, 306 rushing.

"I was a little nervous, but I had all week to get ready to run our power game," said Antwan, who didn't offend big brother by taking his job.

"No, not at all, because I play defense," said Andrew, who also played defensive back despite a sore leg. "I thought he played pretty well for the first time. I told him that it's all about confidence, and I knew he had it. He just went out there and played the game that he knew he could play."

Frye had confidence in Antwan Smith and remarked in preseason that he wouldn't be afraid to play the ninth-grader because of his exceptional poise and strong arm.

"Antwan has worked hard and has taken a lot of reps lately," said Frye. "We've had a couple backs go down [with injuries]. Andrew is our best athlete, and he felt confident about his younger brother, so I said, 'Let's try it.'

"You saw what he did -- a heckuva night for a freshman."

After Andrew Smith and sophomore Kenneth Rhames, who carried 10 times for 141 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown, ran for first-half touchdowns, Antwan took to the air in the second half.

The freshman was 0-for-3 passing in the first half but found another freshman, Rodney Jackson, in the end zone's left corner on a third-and-goal from the 17 with 4: 39 left in the third period.

His next pass was a 25-yard bomb to Edmund Carazo in the end zone for the Mustangs' final touchdown with 3: 34 left in the game.

Meade's defense picked off four Mike Pfisterer passes and held the Knights' ace back, Otis James, to a quiet 139 yards rushing on 24 carries. James had 108 of his yards in the first half.

Defensive ends Ray Grimes, a senior, and sophomore Michael D'urso did a superb job for Meade in keeping James, who was averaging more than 180 yards a game, from getting outside. Defensive lineman Olumide Savage made several big hits and had two sacks.

Pfisterer, who was held to 90 yards passing (14-for-30), found Nat Randell alone for a 29-yard score early in the third period to make it a 15-13 game.

But Meade intercepted him twice in the waning moments to thwart a comeback during the time Antwan Smith was throwing his touchdown passes.

Pub Date: 10/03/98

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