77-yard fumble return rescues Oakland Mills

Long run by Fambro with 57 seconds left staggers Glenelg, 14-13

September 10, 1999|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Unlikely. Improbable. Downright astounding.

No adjective can do justice to No. 7-ranked Oakland Mills' 14-13 comeback victory over Glenelg yesterday.

Coach John Davis' Gladiators, who had outplayed the visiting Scorpions, will likely have nightmares about Oakland Mills' Nick Fambro picking up a fumble on one hop and streaking 77 yards for the tying touchdown, leaving 57 seconds on the clock. Quarterback J. T. Rembert's second point-after kick won it.

Glenelg (1-1 overall, 0-1 league) was unable to move the ball on four plays from its 33-yard line in those final seconds.

"We had a rough start, and I was worried, but I didn't give up," said Fambro, a senior linebacker/tight end who also caught four passes for 43 yards. "I had an interception and scored two touchdowns here last year, so it's been good here. It feels real good."

Trailing 13-7 on a field made muddy by first-half rain, the defending Class 1A state champion Scorpions appeared to have lost after failing on fourth-and-12 at their own 28-yard line. Blitzing, Glenelg defensive back Nick Willet sacked Rembert at the 18 on that fourth down, giving his team possession with 2: 03 left and Oakland Mills down to one timeout.

Instead of falling on the ball and running out the clock, however, Glenelg ran three plays, and on the third play, Oakland Mills tackle Robert Scott broke through and caused Glenelg quarterback Zack McQuigg to fumble a hand-off that Fambro raced off with.

The play dashed Glenelg's hopes of beating Oakland Mills for the first time since 1993 -- which was also a game moved from Saturday to Thursday because of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year.

"It's my fault," Davis said. "I'll take the blame. The kids played a [heck of a] game. I feel sick for them."

Fullback Thaddeus Dymczenski made several key plays to help Oakland Mills extend its winning streak to 13 games. In addition to rushing nine times for a game-high 59 yards, he intercepted a pass, recovered a fumble and blocked the extra-point attempt following Glenelg's second touchdown.

"Realistically, I thought we were finished," Dymczenski said. "But Fambro made the alert play."

The game turned into a passing duel. Glenelg has a weak running game. Oakland Mills (2-0, 1-0), normally a strong running team, had to throw, because it fell behind after being penalized 110 yards in the first half.

Glenelg quarterback McQuigg, sacked three times, completed 14 of 29 passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns. He had one pass intercepted. Rembert, sacked twice, completed 12 of 18 for 117 yards.

Stefan Pastor, who had a 70-yard punt return called back, led Oakland Mills with five catches for 58 yards. Glenelg's Chris Bowen caught four passes for 61 yards and scored Glenelg's first touchdown on an 8-yard slant with 8: 25 left in the first quarter.

Chris Montanti caught an 18-yard pass for Glenelg's second touchdown with 9: 28 left in the first half. Oakland Mills scored on a 15-play, third-quarter drive that ended with Keion Reames running 1 yard.

Pub Date: 9/10/99

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