Howard loses two-point gamble, game Lions go for win, lose to Oakland Mills, 7-6

November 01, 1998|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Howard coach Vince Parnell didn't hesitate when the time came to make a decision. His counterpart on the opposite side of the field, Ken Hovet of Oakland Mills, called it a no-brainer.

The object of their agreement was the Lions' failed attempt yesterday to convert a two-point try with 36 seconds left in the fourth quarter, which sealed a clumsy 7-6 win for the No. 12 Scorpions.

Although Oakland Mills (8-1) stopped senior quarterback Jonathan LaRoche's bootleg 3 yards shy of the end zone, Parnell said his mind was made up long before LaRoche had scored the touchdown that pulled the Lions (6-3) within a point.

"We don't come here to tie; we come here to win," Parnell said. "There's no guarantee with an extra point [attempt]."

Hovet said he would have done the same thing if he had been in Parnell's position. "They had all of the momentum," Hovet said. "That was a good call."

Early on, the game became a battle for feet and inches as both defenses capitalized on numerous mistakes by the offenses. Howard had the first real threat in the first quarter when sophomore running back Travis Irving gained 25 yards on five rushes during an 11-play, 32-yard drive to the Scorpions' 17.

But junior linebacker A. G. McCray intercepted LaRoche's pass in the end zone.

"We had an opportunity to score in the first quarter," Parnell said, referring to the interception. "We had breakdowns at crucial points in the game."

In the second quarter, Oakland Mills put together a 13-play, 89-yard drive from their own 8, but a 10-yard holding penalty cost the Scorpions their spot at the 3 and they eventually lost the ball on downs.

But Oakland Mills senior quarterback T. J. Welsh (9-of-19 passing for 107 yards) capped a seven-play, 74-yard march when he plunged into the end zone from the 1-yard line. Senior kicker Ryan Conville's extra point was good.

The Lions never threatened the Scorpions until Conville shanked a 21-yard punt from his team's 10-yard line. Nine plays later, LaRoche (3-of-12 passing for 41 yards, 12 rushes for 56 yards) scored on a 3-yard bootleg.

Howard's franchise player, running back Gerald Smith, was limited to 22 yards on 15 rushes by a swarming Oakland Mills defense.

The Scorpions' star senior fullback Vinnie Rubbo sat out with an ailing knee. Sophomore J. T. Rembert was promoted from the junior varsity and contributed 12 rushes for 65 yards.

"He played well," Hovet said of Rembert.

Wilde Lake 49, Hammond 0: Jimmy Levins rushed seven times for 107 yards and four first-half touchdowns to lead the Wildecats (8-1) to the rout of the host Bears (1-8). Levins scored on runs of 16, 2 and 8 yards and caught a 45-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Seth Smith to help the Wildecats to a 42-0 halftime lead.

Mouth Hebron 28, Centennial 6: Jerry Hicks rushed 38 times for 202 yards and scored all four touchdowns for the host Vikings (4-5, 4-4) in the win over the Eagles (4-5, 3-5).

River Hill 31, Atholton 8: Stephen Glasgow threw for two touchdowns and two conversions to lead the Hawks (6-3) past the host Raiders (1-8).

Pub Date: 11/01/98

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