Bulls bounce back, trample Patapsco Hereford's 28-0 win sustains playoff rank


October 31, 1998|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

After Randallstown ended Hereford's 21-game winning streak against Baltimore County teams last week, questions abounded about whether defending Class 1A state champ Bulls could rebound.

They could, and they did, with a 28-0 rout of county Class 1A-2A league rival Patapsco (7-2 overall and in the league), which has been outscored by a combined 128-0 in the last three years by Hereford.

Reggie Cavender rushed for 61 yards and two touchdowns, Matt Curtis had one score and 51 rushing yards for the Bulls.

Sean Wdowiak also was three-for-five passing for 81 yards and a touchdown as Hereford (8-1 overall, 6-1 league) kept its lead to become top seed in the Class 1A playoffs.

When Patapsco threatened early, Hereford got interceptions from Brandon Klekner and 6-foot-5 Luke Gilbert (three receptions, 81 yards, one touchdown) to stop promising first-half drives inside the Bulls' 20.

"A loss is a loss, but we're still in this thing," said Klekner, the only returning defensive starter and one of only four overall returnees from a 13-0 squad that graduated seven first- or second-team All-Metro selections.

"This proves that if we play our game, we're still a great team," Klekner said.

With some adjustments by defensive coordinator Mike Blizzard,

Hereford clamped down on the Patriots, led by C. J. Feldheim, Eddie Wright, Dan Quidley and sophomore linebacker Ray Causey.

"There were nerves, some confusion. We came out too hyped up," Feldheim said. "But we settled down as a group and stuck to our assignments."

Curtis' 10-yard run capped an 89-yard, nine-play drive as time elapsed ending the first period, and Pat Devereaux's first of four extra-point kicks made it 7-0.

Cavender's 29-yard run and Gilbert's 24-yard reception highlighted that initial drive, and Gilbert's 30-yard punt return to Patapsco's 27 set the stage for Cavender's 2-yard touchdown five plays later and 6: 34 before half.

Gilbert's 6-yard scoring reception made it 21-0 early in the third period, and Cavender's second scoring run finished off a seven-play, 68-yard drive.

Gilbert also made a touchdown-saving tackle on Joe Bena at the Bulls' 16 as part of an excellent night for a teen in his first season of organized football.

"I still feel like a rookie," said Gilbert, who has four interceptions. "When everyone was down, crying after last week's loss, Coach Steve Turnbaugh said, 'Bottle that up and take it out on Patapsco.'"

The win was redemption for Cavender.

Hereford lost six turnovers against Randallstown last week, and Cavender fumbled away two of them in Rams' territory.

Gilbert said the win also made up for his "missing my assignment" against Randallstown, which scored its game-winning touchdown on a 28-yard pass he blamed himself for.

Hereford's Ryan Vogel rushed for 75 yards on nine carries, and teammate Steve Kelly had 25 rushing yards. Bena, called his team's most valuable player by Patriots coach Al Bennetta, had 82 yards on 15 carries.

Pub Date: 10/31/98

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