Levins, No. 5 Wilde Lake run over Centennial, 33-15 Back scores four TDs, goes over 1,000 yards

October 18, 1998|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Wilde Lake running back Jimmie Levins usually leaves opposing coaches frustrated.

He did that again yesterday in fifth-ranked Wilde Lake's 33-15 victory over fired-up Centennial.

"He changes direction extremely well and makes you miss," Centennial coach Ed Holshue said. "And he doesn't look like he's running fast, but he is."

Levins ate up 143 yards on 18 carries before a large, appreciative Wildecats homecoming crowd. He went over 1,000 yards for the season at 1,005. And his four touchdowns brought his season total to 16.

It was his touchdown on a 20-yard pass catch that hurt Centennial the most, however.

The Eagles (4-3 overall, 3-3 league) were leading, 15-13, and looking for an upset with 1: 27 left in the first half when Levins scored that go-ahead touchdown on a pass to the right flat.

"It was a beautiful toss from my quarterback, Seth Smith," Levins said.

Coaches of teams that play Wilde Lake preach the need to play mistake-free football. But an Eagles special teams error set up that crucial touchdown.

A hard rush by Kye Snell and Raney Holmes, who were untouched, forced Eagles punter Don Swan to forgo the kick and run instead, giving the Wildecats possession at the Centennial 20-yard line.

Levins' catch wiped out an impressive Centennial first-half effort in which Swan, also Centennial's quarterback, threw touchdown passes of 29 and 11 yards to Jeff Plank. The Eagles surprisingly led 15-7 after scoring with 10 minutes left in the half.

Two plays later, Levins raced 44 yards around left end for a touchdown on a sweep that cut the deficit to 15-13.

"Their big play was the power sweep," said Centennial running back Matt Deuchler, who carried 26 times for 101 yards. "Danny Bayron and Craig Nicholson did a great job of sealing off the ends, and we couldn't turn it back in."

Deuchler, also a strong defensive force, was tackled at Wilde Lake's 1-yard line as time ran out.

Wilde Lake (6-1, 6-0) lost three fumbles, two by Bayron, and made two costly clips that nullified a long punt return by Snell and a long run by Bayron, who rushed five times for 135 yards.

Bayron ran 52 yards on the second play of the third period, but fumbled at the 1-yard line.

Mario Merrills redeemed his teammate by intercepting on the next play, and Levins scored on a 16-yard run to improve Wilde Lake's lead to 26-15.

Bayron scored on a 74-yard run with 6: 55 left in the third quarter, making it 33-15.

Wilde Lake coach Doug DuVall said: "We made a lot of mistakes, but sometimes we played brilliantly. We defend well against the off-tackle run and the inside trap, which are what Centennial does well. And we got good defensive-line play today because we stressed it all week in practice."

Glenelg 42, Atholton 0: Zach McQuigg completed 16 of 27 passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns to lead the host Gladiators (2-5) over the Raiders (1-6).

Vince Pirro scored on runs of 4 and 2 yards and McQuigg threw his first touchdown to give the Gladiators a 21-0 halftime lead. Glenelg had 342 yards on offense.

No. 2 Eastern Tech 50, Parkville 13: Anthony Lawston and Ray Jones scored three touchdowns apiece to lead the Mustangs (7-0) to a romp over the host Knights (4-3).

Pub Date: 10/18/98

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