Edmondson leads Owls' way

Late score, interception help stop Liberty, 38-24


High Schools

October 06, 2001|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

In a game expected by some to be a rout, the powerful Westminster Owls last night came to Liberty and struggled for three quarters.

The fourth quarter, however, belonged to Todd Edmondson, whose touchdown and key interception in the final minutes helped Westminster score the game's final 16 points and a 38-24 victory.

With Liberty leading 24-22 midway through the last quarter -- mostly because of the efficient passing of quarterback Mike Law and hard running of Nick Sargent -- the Owls took the lead for good on Edmondson's 7-yard scoring run with 7:48 left. Minutes later, with the Lions attempting to drive for the tying touchdown, Edmondson picked off Law's pass at the Liberty 14 and ran it back to the 4, setting up Eric Saunders' game-breaking score.

"We knew they had injuries during the season, and today was the first time they were all healthy," said Edmondson, who said his team was further motivated by last year's 13-10 loss to Liberty. "We were coming here for a war. We knew we had to bring it. This game really brought out the meaning of playing as a team and striving it out to the end."

The Owls (4-1 overall, 2-0 Central Maryland Conference) also got a boost from kicker Sergio Loynaz, who made field goals of 43 and 29 yards -- the first with 10 yards to spare -- and kept Liberty in poor field position all night by pinning the Lions deep on kickoffs, including a pair of touchbacks.

"That just dictated the game," Edmondson said. "He put our defense out there with them pinned back, and the field goals helped a lot."

The Lions (1-4, 0-2), however, also hurt their own cause by failing to convert after all four of their touchdowns. They've now gone four games without an extra-point or two-point conversion.

"Their backs are good," said Liberty coach Ken Johnson. "They've got the type of personnel that's able to execute big plays. They've got speed."

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