Towson halts Comets on block-turned-TD

Williams brothers turn Catonsville FG bid at : 03 into 75-yard TD, 12-6 win

Football

October 23, 1999|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Towson freshman Nick Williams said he dreamed the night before that his visiting Generals would vanquish a streaking Catonsville squad on its home field, but he added, after last night's 12-6 victory, "This is more than a dream come true."

Senior Mike Williams blocked a field-goal attempt by the Comets with three seconds to play, and his little brother, Nick, scooped the ball off a muddy field before racing untouched some 75 yards for the game-winning score as the Generals (6-1, 5-1) broke a four-game winning streak by the Comets (6-2, 5-2) in Baltimore County 1A-2A league play.

The Comets, who had averaged 43.6 points in their five league victories, had gained possession with 1: 42 to play in a 6-6 game. Catonsville drove 65 yards in 12 plays to get to Towson's 17-yard line and line up for a 27-yard field-goal attempt.

There was no time on the clock as Nick Williams raced the last 60 yards all alone.

And afterward, the two brothers stood together in the Comets' quagmire of a field, their jersey numbers obliterated by caked mud.

"My brother just crashed through there and the ball popped over my way," said Nick Williams, 14, who stands 5 feet 8 and weighs 155 pounds to his brother's 6-1, 170-pound frame. "When I saw the ball, I just grabbed it and took off. I still can't believe it."

The Generals led 6-0 at the half after "Big" Mike Williams caught a 7-yard scoring pass from quarterback "Little" Mike Williams, who is not related to Towson's other Williams brothers. The score came with 4: 59 left in the first half.

But the Comets tied it with 11: 55 left in the game when Josh Desmond's 6-yard touchdown run capped a 12-play, 65-yard drive.

The game's first half was played in a downpour, and the field deteriorated in the second half. The game also bore an eerie resemblance to a 14-6 loss by Towson to Pikesville, which trailed 7-6 before driving nearly the length of the field for the game-winning score.

"That Pikesville game was a nightmare, and I thought it was going to happen all over again," said "Big" Mike Williams. "Luckily, our defense was able to pull it together and get it done with one big play after another. And now, my little brother's going to get his name in the paper."

Catonsville dominated the game offensively, with running back Steve Matthews gaining 211 of the Comets' 280 offensive yards -- all on the ground -- on his 39 carries.

But Catonsville lost three of five fumbles in the first half, including two that were recovered by "Big" Mike Williams in Towson territory to end promising drives.

Catonsville's third fumble was recovered by Ben Krasnoff at the Comets' 24-yard line.

"Big" Mike's 18-yard run gave the Generals first-and-goal at the Catonsville 7-yard line, and, on fourth-and-goal, "Big" Mike made his reception all alone in the left side of the end zone.

"Big" Mike also rushed for 55 yards, punted and had a sack. He twice clobbered Catonsville quarterback Doug Johnson to thwart passes, and batted down another passing attempt by Johnson.

That defensive effort went a long way toward preventing Johnson from finding receiver B. J. Page, a 6-4, 210-pounder who entered the game with seven scoring receptions.

Catonsville entered the game with distant hopes of qualifying for the Class 2A state playoffs, but it appears that opportunity now belongs to the Generals.

"I had a dream last night that we would win this game," said Nick Williams. "But to have a night like this, with my brother, that's more than a dream come true."

Pub Date: 10/23/99

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