QB switch confounds Randallstown

R. Montgomery rallies, wins with backup, 26-12

Class 3A football

High schools

November 17, 2001|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

With last night's Class 3A football quarterfinal with Randallstown tied late in the third quarter, Richard Montgomery coach Mike Bonavia switched quarterbacks, telling senior Johnny Redmon, "Be a big-time player."

The strong-armed player listened, completing several key passes, including the go-ahead touchdown, to send the Rams to defeat, 26-12, at CCBC-Catonsville.

The playoff loss was the fifth in as many years for the Rams (9-2), who hurt their cause with a number of key mistakes.

"We beat ourselves," Randallstown coach Anthony Knox said. "Too many turnovers, holding calls at the wrong time ... when you're in the playoffs you just can't do that. This is getting harder and harder to swallow every year."

Richard Montgomery (10-0), which finished 2-8 a year ago, advances to play Patuxent. The Rockets recently completed their first unbeaten regular season since 1969.

In this one, however, they got a little help.

Leading 6-0, Randallstown lost a fumble at their own 5, setting up Quentin Smith's 5-yard touchdown run to tie the game late in the first quarter. Then, three plays after allowing the go-ahead score early in the fourth quarter, they fell further behind when Bryant Brooks picked off Tyrell Brown's attempted screen pass and took it back 50 yards to extend the lead to 26-12 with 9:48 left.

It was the Rockets' insertion of Redmon, however, that put the Montgomery County team over the top.

Taking over for Smith, Redmon completed a 53-yard pass to Billy Kotsatos. Six plays later he hit Robert Smith an 8-yard touchdown pass, then found Dathan Hebron for the two-point conversion to make it 20-12.

RM 6 6 0 14 - 26

R 6 0 6 0 - 12

R-Crosby 12 run (run failed)

RM-Smith 5 run (kick failed)

RM-Mbasuhimana 30 run (kick failed)

R-Cleary 8 run (pass failed)

RM-Smith 8 pass from Redmon (Hebron pass from Redmon)

RM-Brooks 50 interception return (run failed)

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