Hereford throttles Wright, 33-0

Morris' three touchdowns, Bulls' defense lead way

Football

High Schools

September 08, 2001|By Bill Blewett | Bill Blewett,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Hereford's defense lived up to its preseason billing last night in its football opener against C. Milton Wright. The Bulls shut out the Mustangs, 33-0, before a standing-room-only crowd in Bel Air.

Senior running back Josh Morris scored three touchdowns for Hereford. The standout of the game, however, was the Bulls' defensive unit, with 10 returning starters from the team that last year gave up just 5.4 points a game.

"The defense won this game for us tonight," said Hereford coach Steve Turnbaugh. "They were very good last year and they're even better this year."

FOR THE RECORD - In Saturday's Sports section, a football player for C.M. Wright High School was misidentified in a photo caption. The player identified as Nick Molite actually was Mike Glascock.

The Bulls' line - Ed Darney, Tim Ruff, Zach Arminger, Nick Sebastian and Keith Duley - took away Wright's running game, holding the Mustangs to just 59 yards on the ground.

Hereford led 7-0 at halftime after halting the Mustangs' running backs nine times for a loss or no gain in the half. Wright managed to get moving late in the second quarter and sustained its best scoring threat when quarterback Billy Glodek moved the Mustangs down the field on short passes.

However, Hereford defensive back Josh Wingeart stopped the threat 24 seconds before halftime with an interception at the goal line.

"Josh Wingeart was incredible tonight," Turnbaugh said. "He broke up several passes. Our secondary did a great job."

Hard hits by Hereford defensive backs shook the ball loose from Wright receivers on two long pass plays. Wingeart's interception was one of four takeaways by Hereford, each of which gave the Bulls good field position and set up touchdowns.

Offensively, the Bulls relied on the running of Morris (21 carries for 86 yards), Pat Butt (nine for 35 yards), and Grant Hemmerly (three for 32 yards). Junior quarterback Ryan Shupert went to the air only five times, completing two for 14 yards with one interception.

Morris' three touchdowns came on runs of 6, 5 and 20 yards. Adam Goloboski added a fourth rushing score from 6 yards out.

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