Westminster holds off N. Carroll Blocked extra point helps Owls gain 28-20 victory

October 23, 1998|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

Westminster coach Scott Tobias focused on his seniors in last night's game at North Carroll, and they were instrumental in helping the visitors to a 28-20 Carroll County and Central Maryland Conference victory.

A junior, however, came up with the game's biggest play. Greg Tindale blocked the extra-point attempt as the Panthers went for a tie at 21 with 5: 44 left.

Westminster's Nick Farver, a 6-foot-2 senior who switched from tight end to tailback two weeks ago, responded with 150 yards and three touchdowns. Fullback-linebacker Billy Arnold blocked for him on offense and had a good defensive effort, and lineman Lucas Geiman and lineman-linebacker Manny Rivera were outstanding on offense and defense.

Rivera, coming back from strained tendons in a foot, had four tackles and 11 assists to lead the Owls' defense. Junior Matt Farver, who took his brother's place at tight end and also starts at defensive end, had eight assisted tackles and three solos.

The game was tied 14-14 at halftime. Two typical twisting, spinning, breakaway runs by Steve Suter counted for North Carroll. Westminster (5-3) got scores by Brad Durden and Farver.

The third period was scoreless, but Farver scored from short range to start the fourth. North Carroll (4-4) then went on a 65-yard drive, Jemel Hogan going the final 5 yards to make it 21-20.

On Regis D'Angelo's attempted placement, Tindale broke through to block the kick. "I went over my man, rather than trying to go under, and got through. The ball hit my left elbow," Tindale said.

Westminster kicker Jacques Gachot, another senior, was perfect on the night, going 4-for-4 in extra points.

Of his seniors, Tobias said, "We like the senior leadership, especially in the county games. They give us something extra."

On moving the elder Farver, he said, "We wanted to try and get more production out of the tailback. Brad Durden is a good runner, but we thought the change might work."

In addition to his touchdown runs of 2, 2 and 15 yards, Farver had an important fourth-down call down the stretch. Two running plays and a pass went for naught from the North Carroll 25, but then junior quarterback Scott Carnegie pitched out to Farver, and he legged it down the sideline for a first down at the 15.

On the next play, he scored, and little more than three minutes remained.

"Their offense worried us, because nobody stops Suter," Tobias said. "However, he had a couple of turnovers, and the ball bounced our way."

Suter also had an interception to halt one Westminster drive.

North Carroll also got outstanding play from seniors Chad Lettau, Jason Howdyshell, Greg Daul, and Eric Wilhelm, and junior David McNamara.

Pub Date: 10/23/98

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