Eastern Tech ends Rams hex

Mavs blow 14-point lead, pull off 26-20 win in OT

Football

September 09, 2001|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Two years ago, Eastern Tech had a fourth-quarter lead at Randallstown before falling to the Rams. For a while, it looked like history might repeat itself.

The No. 7 Mavericks squandered a 14-point halftime lead yesterday, but this time they rallied in overtime to beat the No. 6 Rams, 26-20, in the opener for both teams.

Dietrich Wright led Eastern Tech with 77 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries, and Broderick Maybank collected 61 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.

Eastern Tech's victory was the first by a visiting team at Randallstown since Hereford won there in 1996. The win, an emotional one for Eastern Tech's seniors, avenged a long string of losses to Randallstown.

"I'm not sure, but I don't know whether we've ever beaten them," said Eastern Tech coach Bruce Strunk, a former Randallstown coach. "We stepped up defensively all day, and we beat a great football team in a great game."

The Mavericks used touchdown runs of 3 and 43 yards by Wright and a 29-yard run by Maybank to build a 20-6 halftime lead.

Randallstown got a much-needed break early in the third quarter. After the Rams turned the ball over on downs at the Mavericks' 8, Eastern Tech quarterback Brad Newell dropped back to pass and was hit by Randallstown's Keith Purnell. The ball popped into the air and landed in the hands of the Rams' Jerron Richardson, who rumbled into the end zone.

After Kermy Alexander ran in the two-point conversion, Randallstown was within 20-14.

Two possessions later, the Rams capped off a 53-yard drive when quarterback Tyrell Brown found Tommy Breaux (four catches for 43 yards) alone in the back of the end zone on a 7-yard touchdown pass, tying the score at 20.

The Rams elected to go for the two-point conversion, but Jonathan Jones was stopped by Eastern Tech's Joe Saitta at the 1 with 5:51 left in regulation.

Randallstown, which held the Mavericks to just 20 yards of offense in the second half, won the coin toss in overtime and elected to give Eastern Tech the ball.

The Mavericks wasted little time, using a 9-yard run by Maybank to the 1 to set up the go-ahead touchdown. Newell scored on a quarterback keeper to give the Mavericks a 26-20 lead.

After Newell's extra-point try bounced off the left upright, Randallstown took possession. The Rams, however, managed only 5 yards on a Brown pass to Breaux.

After Brown's pass on fourth-and-five fell incomplete to Breaux in the end zone, the Eastern Tech sideline erupted in celebration.

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