Centennial moves to 4-0 with 25-15 win

Davis contributes 3 TDs against Long Reach

Football

September 30, 2001|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

His face paint was smeared and his body was sore, both a product of four quarters of hard-hitting, emotional football.

But Pat Davis' pride was quite healthy, his smile plenty big yesterday as his three rushing touchdowns and his team's tenacious play on defense helped Centennial celebrate homecoming with a 25-15 victory over Long Reach.

"We were focused and fired up all week for this," said Davis, a junior. "[Long Reach] is a very good team, but I felt like we out-physicalled them all game."

Davis' comments were echoed by Long Reach coach Pete Hughes, whose Lightning (2-2) fell for the second straight week.

"Centennial just kicked our butts," Hughes said. "They took us out of what we wanted to do and they made big plays when we didn't."

The win, which moved the Eagles to 4-0, was the 100th career victory for coach Ed Holshue, who is in his 12th year at Centennial.

"It does feel kind of nice, I admit," said Holshue, who earned 40 of his wins at Mount Hebron. "People say if you stay around long enough, those kinds of milestones will happen. But it says something about all the kids that have played for me. They're all part of it."

Centennial came into the contest riding the momentum of two blowout victories, but Holshue told his team to expect a much tougher challenge from Long Reach, which narrowly lost to Mount Hebron last week.

The Lightning lived up to its billing, forcing an early turnover in Centennial territory, then driving to the 1-yard line on five consecutive runs by fullback Calvin Maragh. Quarterback Trent Covington took it into the end zone from there, and for the first time all year, Centennial trailed 7-0.

Slowly, however, the Eagles shook off the jitters and gained control behind the bruising running of Davis, who rushed 14 times for 83 yards.

Just before halftime, Davis carried three straight plays starting from the 31-yard line, busting into the end zone for a 7-yard touchdown on the final run to make it 7-6.

"Pat is just one of those kids that can do so many things," Holshue said of his 5-foot-11, 180-pound fullback and defensive end. "He'll drive you crazy at times because he'll hold the ball like a loaf of bread, run for 10 yards, see something else, then run backward for 10. But the kid makes plays, and you've got to have kids that make plays."

Centennial proved to have quite a few, especially on defense. Jimmy Plank, Jimmy Holtzman and Billy Brudis all made big plays for the Eagles' pressure defense, which held Long Reach to 31 yards rushing in the second half.

"Those kids are just dynamite," Holshue said. "They're our leaders, our captains and they're very consistent. Those three, along with big Brad Schroeder on the line, really are the heart of this team."

"It feels great to get Coach Holshue his 100th win," Davis said. "He might not admit it, but I know he's happy like no other."

River Hill 12, No. 8 Wilde Lake 7: Senior quarterback Matt Hostetler completed a first-quarter touchdown pass to Ken Gilliam and ran for another score in the fourth quarter to help the Hawks (2-2) upset the Wildecats (3-1).

Senior linebacker Adrian Cmerek made a big play in the fourth quarter, intercepting a pass deep in River Hill territory and returning it to the Wilde Lake 30-yard line to set up the winning score, a 4-yard run by Hostetler.

Hammond 12, Mount Hebron 3: The Bears (1-3) earned their first win of the season by knocking off the upstart Vikings (3-1) behind touchdown runs from Tye Murphy and Jay Chesley.

Hammond's victory, however, came thanks to its defense, which held a potent Mount Hebron offense without a touchdown for the first time this season.

Glenelg 35, Howard 0: The Gladiators (4-0) routed the Lions (0-4) to keep pace with Centennial as the only undefeated teams remaining in Howard County.

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