Hebron squeezes out of hold in football

17-15 win over Pikesville first victory in 12 games

Eagles girls rise in soccer

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High Schools

September 11, 2001|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

It had been some time since the Mount Hebron Vikings had tasted victory on the football field - 11 games to be exact - which made their 17-15 win over Pikesville Friday worth savoring.

Mount Hebron jumped out to a 17-0 lead thanks to quarterback Maurice Workman and wide receiver John Zabel, who hooked up on a 30-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter and a 20-yarder in the second.

"Jumping out to a lead was important because it really helped us build some confidence," Mount Hebron coach Larry Luthe said. "We went in believing we could win, which was important, because we almost screwed it up."

Pikesville did score two touchdowns in the second half to make things interesting, but one of them came on an interception return. Mount Hebron's defense, Luthe said, held up extremely well under pressure.

"We contained them for most of the game, they just happened to break through for two small drives," Luthe said. "Our defensive coordinator, Ross Hannon, really had a good scheme that kept them in check.

"It felt really good," Luthe added. "Our kids have worked really hard and now the monkey is off our back. Hopefully, we can keep it going."

Girls soccer

Mount Hebron's football team wasn't the only surprise of the season's first week. Girls soccer was full of them.

While River Hill grabbed hold of the No. 1 ranking with relatively easy wins over John Carroll and top-ranked St. Mary's, Centennial stopped traffic with a 6-2 win at home against Bel Air, a team many soccer coaches in the preseason considered to be one of the best public schools in the area.

"We're a pretty good team, but we're still real young," Centennial coach Mike Senisi said. "We have to keep it up to prove to people we belong up there with some of the best."

Against Bel Air, Centennial jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first two minutes, only to see the Bobcats come storming back to tie the game at 2-2. However, the Eagles' attack was merciless, pounding Bel Air for four second-half goals. Senior Samantha Test scored twice and freshman Mandy Paizs scored once and had three assists in her first varsity action.

Two soccer teams picked up tournament titles over the weekend. Mount Hebron won the Great Mills Tournament, downing Great Mills, 9-0, and Pallotti, 4-0. The Vikings' Lindsay Dutch scored three times and Julie Napolitano twice in the wins.

Hammond, which has one of its best teams in years, was even more impressive, taking the Eastern Tech Tournament title with a 2-1 win over the host school, then a 3-1 win over Wilde Lake in the title game. Hammond goalie Tara Zammichieli had a top-notch performance against the Wildecats, making 12 saves.

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