Talley passes Joppatowne past Wicomico, 14-0

Class 2A football

High schools

November 17, 2001|By Bill Blewett | Bill Blewett,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Dalys Talley's passing provided the spark for host Joppatowne to break out of a defensive struggle against Wicomico last night in the Class 2A football quarterfinals.

The senior quarterback tossed two second-half touchdown passes, one to Ryan Spann and one to George Smith in the Mariners' 14-0 victory over the Indians.

The Mariners gambled on a fourth-and-three play to score the first touchdown six minutes into the third quarter. From the 15, Talley threw to Spann in the back of the end zone.

"The safety came across and tipped the ball, and I just waited there and caught it," said Spann.

Talley's second scoring pass came with seven minutes left in the game when he threw 28 yards to Smith, his favorite receiver this season. Smith made a leaping catch over the outstretched arms of a defender.

Smith also came up with big plays on defense, breaking up passes to help hold Wicomico's 6-foot-5 quarterback, Carl Miles, to three completions in the game.

Wicomico, which produced seven shutouts this season, held the Mariners to a minus-7 yards in offense until the last three minutes of the first half. Then with D'Angelo Goffigan's running and Talley's passing, the Mariners drove to the 14 before the drive ended on a fumble.

A banged-up Joppatowne defense held the Indians to negative rushing yardage in the first half. Josh McKemy, the Mariners' safety, left the game with an ankle injury in the first quarter, and Phil Tillman, the anchor of the Joppatowne line, hobbled off field in the second quarter. Both returned in the second half.

"We were penetrating, just staying low and reading the ball," said Tillman, who came up with three sacks in the game.

McKemy came back with a key sack on a safety blitz to halt Wicomico's best drive in the third quarter.

W 0 0 0 0 -- 0

J 0 0 7 7 -- 14

J--Spanne 21 pass from Talley (DiBlasi kick) J--Smith 35 pass from Talley (DiBlasi kick)

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