Hereford shuts out City for bragging rights, 9-0

Defense difference in city-county contest

Bulls move to 2A final

November 24, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

City College brought a 150-member student band, busloads of fans and plenty of intensity to last night's Class 2A state semifinal at Hereford. The host Bulls, according to defensive end Ed Darney, simply "brought the wood."

Darney, Keith Duly and Tim Ruff recorded sacks, and Josh Wingeart and Josh Morris had key interceptions in a 9-0 shutout for the Bulls - their fifth of the year - before a standing-room-only crowd of about 2,000.

The victory over 10th-ranked City (11-1) moved the top-ranked Bulls (12-0), who were making their sixth straight semifinal appearance, into their second state final at the University of Maryland's Byrd Stadium since winning the 1A title with a 13-0 record in 1997.

"The defense brought the wood, and the offense did its job," said the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Darney, who ranks first on the team with 14 sacks, ahead of Ruff's 10. "Our defense got the goose egg like we wanted, but there was a lot of pride on the line. We expected a tough game and that's exactly what we got."

The Bulls will play eighth-ranked Joppatowne (12-0), a 14-13 winner last night over Middletown (11-1). It also silenced a Knights squad that had claimed the Bulls had not "faced the competition a City team can offer."

"Since we came in here in August, it's been our dream to go to Byrd. We knew we had to beat City, and they're a great ball team," said linebacker Adam Goloboski, who had three tackles for lost yardage. "This just proves the city can't handle us county boys."

But the Knights didn't make it easy. Led by Bruce Esezy (two sacks) and, with one sack each, Sean Brown and Shelton Satterfield, the Knights stopped Hereford (279 rushing yards) four times inside the 40-yard line.

Still, after running roughshod over their regular-season competition by an average of 50-3, the Bulls - who beat No. 7 Eastern Tech, 10-7, on John Dinkins' fourth-period field goal last week - showed once again that they can win when it's close.

"Our defense showed a lot of heart and just left everything out on the field," said Esezy. "It was more than a game between the city and the county. We both wanted respect from each other, and we both earned it. They realize we're a good team, and we realize they're a good team."

With 49 seconds left in the first half, Dinkins, a sophomore, ended a 12-play, 83-yard drive with the game-winning points - his fourth field goal of the season - from 23-yards. Morris capped a 12-play, 43-yard drive with a 2-yard run with 7:04 to play. Nate Wdowiak's fumble recovery set up the game-clinching drive.

"Coach just told me to just go out and do what I always do," Dinkins said.

Both teams run the wing-T behind massive offensive lines. City's line averages 270 pounds, with Maryland-bound Nathaniel Clayton (6-4, 310) as the centerpiece. Hereford's averages 252, featuring Brett Wehnert, Jarren Matthews, Henry Julio, Ben Brendel, Joe Akers and Greg Lehrl.

Behind it, Hereford's Dillian Sullivan rushed for 115 of his 143 yards in the first half.

"I didn't think three points would be enough to win it, but I knew we would score a touchdown eventually because they were wearing down," said Dinkins.

Down 3-0 at halftime, City was hardly out of the game, especially since, in last week's 20-6 win over Potomac of Prince George's County, the Knights had overcome a 6-0 halftime deficit. Last night, however, they had only 116 total yards and had just one play past midfield.

Running backs Brandon Hardy and Antoine Lewis entered the game with a combined 1,835 yards and 22 touchdowns, but finished with 81 yards. Quarterback Lamar Manigo, who rushed for one touchdown and threw for another last week, was sacked three times and was 1-for-9 passing for 17 yards.

"It was a hard-fought game and there was nothing else we could have done," Clayton said. "The best team won."

City 0 0 0 0 - 0 Hereford 0 3 0 6 - 9

H-Dinkins 23 FG H-Morris 2 run (kick failed)

State football

Yesterday's semifinals

Class 4A

Bowie 10, Meade 6

Class 3A

Urbana 29, Seneca V. 23, 3 OT

Patuxent 41, R. Montgomery 8

Class 2A

Hereford 9, City 0

Joppatowne 14, Middletown 13

Class 1A

Oak. Mills 48, Boonsboro 14

Today's semifinals

Class 4A

Gaithersburg at E. Roosevelt, 1 p.m.

Class 1A

Elkton vs. Allegany, 1 p.m.

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