L. Reach pulls off surprise, defeats W. Lake for 1st time

Trick play, 2 Maragh TDs lift Lightning to 28-7 win

High Schools

Football

October 14, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Long Reach coach Pete Hughes, whose birthday was Tuesday, put in a special offensive play this week that he guaranteed would result in a touchdown.

The pass play worked. And it was the springboard to a 28-7 Lightning victory yesterday over Wilde Lake -- Long Reach's first victory over the Wildecats in the school's six-year history.

"This is a great birthday present," Hughes said.

Calvin Maragh scored on the special play, the first time that the standout running back had ever lined up at tight end, and the first of his two touchdowns for the day.

Long Reach put its tailback in motion and no one covered the tight end. Maragh broke wide-open down the center of the field and ran 51 yards untouched for a score and a 7-0 lead with 7:27 left in the first quarter.

"We played our best game of the season," Maragh said. "This was definitely the biggest win of my career. Even if we lose all the rest of our games, beating Wilde Lake is the best feeling in the world."

Wilde Lake (4-2 overall, 3-2 league) tied the score at 7-7 with 2:01 left in the first quarter on a 27-yard run by A.J. Case, but Case, who ran for 166 yards the previous week, was held to 49 yards on 10 carries by a fired-up Long Reach defensive line that included Justin Pruitt, Ryan Pope, Mike Welsh, David Burton and Davon Gilmore.

Defense dominated until early in the fourth quarter when Long Reach (4-2, 3-2) mounted an eight-play, 60-yard scoring drive capped by Maragh's 21-yard touchdown run. For the game, Maragh rushed nine times for 49 yards.

Long Reach quarterback Trent Covington completed four passes on that drive. He was 8-for-10 for 112 yards for the game.

"We really connected today," Covington said. "Words can't express what this victory means."

Wilde Lake tried to rally, with quarterback Charles Berlin completing a 17-yard pass to Tommy Adams. But Adams, later running a deep sideline route wide-open, dropped a possible touchdown pass. It was one of four passes Wilde Lake receivers dropped -- two of them deep routes.

A frustrated Berlin still completed nine of 19 passes for 145 yards, but he had two passes intercepted, one on a deflection.

Andre George scored for Long Reach on one of those interceptions with a 20-yard return. Tim Fenton scored the Lightning's third touchdown on a 75-yard run after being hit behind the line of scrimmage.

No. 9 Old Mill 13, Northeast 0: The Patriots scored a pair of second-half touchdowns on homecoming to outlast the Eagles.

Both teams played without key starters and had less than 40 yards of net offense each in a scoreless first half. The Patriots (5-1) prevailed with defense and the punting of Matt Leone to take advantage of good field position in second half. Northeast fell to 4-2.

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