Urbana routs Westminster, extends streak

Hawks zero in on Owls, 29-0, get 46th win in row


High schools

November 03, 2001|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

In a game they needed to win to help secure a spot in the Class 4A state football playoffs, the Westminster Owls last night ran into a wall ... by the name of Urbana.

The three-time Class 2A state champion from Frederick County won its 46th straight game as quarterback Joe Conner threw three touchdown passes and the Owls managed just 132 yards of total offense in a 29-0 loss before a crowd estimated at more than 4,000.

Playing without 1,000-yard tailback Eric Saunders, out for personal reasons, and playing the first half without quarterback Brad Baer (injured clavicle), Westminster (7-2, 5-1 Central Maryland Conference) never got closer than Urbana's 48 until the game's final play.

While the Owls' defense held the Hawks nearly two touchdowns below their season average, Westminster also hurt its cause by giving Urbana (8-0, 6-0) prime field position in the early going and giving up big plays.

"They've got so many weapons that you can't stop everything," Owls coach Scott Tobias said.

After taking over on Westminster's 45, Urbana broke on top 6-0 on Joe Conner's 30-yard touchdown pass to Patrick Ferguson, who sprawled head-first in the back corner of the end zone to make the grab with 58 seconds left in the first quarter.

On its next possession, Urbana relied on running backs Brad Anderson and Jeremy Fields to methodically move the ball to Westminster's 32 before Anderson broke three tackles in a touchdown run down the right side.

Westminster, meanwhile, could manage little on offense, gaining just 71 yards and three first downs in the first half.

"We told our guys, `This is a playoff game,' " said Urbana coach Dave Carruthers, whose team's playoff hopes also would've been hurt with a loss. "Our defense was pretty tough. We had them well-prepared for what they were going to see."

Urbana's defense turned in the big play later as Kevin Oyarzo and Patrick Harper sacked Baer and forced a fumble at Westminster's 6. Eric Lenz recovered for the Hawks. That led to a 15-yard touchdown pass from Conner to Nick Price, extending the lead to 19-0 with 9:18 to play.

Urbana then added an 11-yard touchdown pass from Conner to Billy Gaines and a 36-yard field goal by Eric Lenz to complete the scoring.

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