S. Carroll defenders smother Owls, 28-6 Luster has two TD passes as Cavaliers never let Westminster get in game


November 07, 1998|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

South Carroll, which had high hopes after opening its season with four straight wins, then ran into a slump, ended its season with a flourish last night, whipping Westminster, 28-6.

The win, their first after two county losses, boosted the Cavaliers to 6-4 and left Westminster 6-4. The loss not only took the home team out of any playoff chances (Annapolis ensured its playoff berth with a 47-7 victory over Severna Park) but deprived it of a sweep of its three Carroll County games.

South Carroll needed 13 minutes to get its first points, but the margin was 21-0 after the first play of the third quarter. Westminster scored late in the third quarter, but the Cavs cemented their victory when they ate up more than five minutes driving 67 yards for their final score with five minutes left.

South Carroll won the toss, but deferred its choice, because "we wanted to get our defense on the field first if we could," said Cavaliers coach Gene Brown. Then the defense stopped Westminster cold on all but a handful of plays, limiting the Owls to three first downs in the first half.

Meanwhile, South Carroll was building a 14-0 lead on a 16-yard pass from John Luster to Noah Riopelle, a 5-yard run by Clarke Griffin, and a safety.

The Cavaliers got a dividend when they started the third quarter with the ball. Luster hooked up with Justin Cavey for a 57-yard touchdown play, Cavey going the last 20 yards after turning his ** defender around.

Westminster finally broke through with a home run of its own, when sophomore Brad Durden broke loose near midfield and outran his for a 63-yard play into the end zone.

Mike Muller capped South Carroll's sustained fourth-quarter .

drive when he bolted up the middle from 5 yards away.

"Assistant coach Joe McCulloh gets the credit for our defense. He had a great plan and it worked well," Brown said. Leroy Eyler, a senior lineman, led the defensive charge.

Cavey had not seen much offensive action before this game. Brown explained he is a defensive back and he likes to give defensive players as much rest as possible.

"We have some people hurting, and I went with him," Brown said. "He runs the plays in practice, so he knows the patterns, and he has exceptional hands."

Luster said the Cavaliers thought they might be able to run on the Owls -- Liberty's lines handled Westminster last week -- and they wanted to use that to set up the passing.

"The line was great," he said. "I'd be back there looking for a receiver, and see some defender coming up the middle, and the next thing I knew he wasn't there anymore."

Westminster coach Scott Tobias said, "They were prepared and ready to go. They outplayed us."

Pub Date: 11/07/98

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