Two area teams aim for a perfect ending

No. 1 Hereford, Joppatowne bring 12-0 marks to final

Barnes lifts Oakland Mills

Football notebook

High Schools

November 25, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

When No. 1 Hereford of Balti more County meets eighth-ranked Joppatowne of Harford County in Friday's Class 2A final, it will be the second time the two districts have met in a public school football state title game.

The game is at 4 p.m. in Byrd Stadium.

Milford Mill of Baltimore County edged Havre de Grace of Harford, 28-18, in the Class C (now 1A) championship game in 1987.

Joppatowne (a school-record- tying 12-0), of seventh-year coach Greg Komondor, earned its 10th playoff berth and is in its fourth state title game. Over a three-year period, the Mariners lost to Valley (now Westmar) in 1974, defeated Smithsburg for the Class C crown in "75, and lost the rematch to Smithsburg in "76.

Hereford (12-0) is in its second state title game since winning the 1A crown with a 13-0 record in 1997.

Barnes" storming

In Oakland Mills" 48-14 Class 1A state semifinal rout of Boons boro, the 15th-ranked Scorpions got the kind of performance they have come to expect out of running back/linebacker Justin Barnes.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder rushed for 113 yards and scored his 20th and 21st touchdowns of the year, and grabbed his seventh and eighth interceptions of the season, returning one 50 yards for a touchdown - his fourth return for a touchdown.

Barnes now has 1,507 rushing yards on the season. Barnes also has five sacks as the Scorpions pre vented the Warriors" (9-3) top rush ers, Ed Moten (1,100 yards, 14 touchdowns) and Zach Yinger (739, eight scores) from getting into the end zone and shut down a team that had averaged 30 points a game.

Oakland Mills (8-4), the 1A state champ in 1998, is making its 11th state playoff appearance and will play in its third state title game against Allegany (10-2) at noon on Saturday at Byrd.

Access denied

When Phil Tillman, Joppa towne's 6-3, 305-pound second- team All-Metro lineman calls Fri day night's 14-13 semifinal win over Middletown "unbelievable." he easily could have been referring to his individual effort.

Playing with an injured ankle, the highly recruited two-way tackle earned his school-record 18th and 19th sacks and thwarted Josh Keeney's fourth-quarter, two- point conversion run to keep the Knights" star running back score less for the first time this year.

Keeney, who had only 54 yards against Joppatowne, entered the game with 1,980 yards and 24 touchdowns, including an 186-yard effort where he had the lone score in the previous week's 7-0 victory over then-No. 2 Glenelg (10-1).

"I was just thinking about mak ing it to Byrd Stadium." said Tillman. "We didn't want to let them ruin it for us."

Walking wounded

Tillman was injured. Starting quarterback Dalys Talley left the game with an ankle injury five min utes into the third quarter. His re placement, defensive back, Josh McKemy, was also nursing a bad ankle.

"We were the walking wounded." said Komondor, who credits linemen, Chris Roberts, Eric Peach, Andy Upton and Alex Kalambihis. "They just took over, offensively and defensively, in the second half. McKemy ran the op tion and controlled the game."

Moving tribute

Komondor's offensive coordinator is Bill Waibel, son of legendary Poly and Edmondson coach, Augie Waibel, who died this past winter and whose wife, Betty, was at the game.

"To see her and Billy together, you knew they were moved by ev erything." Komondor said. "We were all thinking of Mr. Waibel af ter the game. We mentioned he would have loved to have been there to see it."

It's all relative

Hereford defensive back Josh Wingeart, who had his sixth inter ception last weekend, is the uncle of former two-time All-Metro defensive back, Jason Wingeart, who starred on the Bulls" 1997 state champion ship team, and, later, at Division III Western Maryland College.

Winning ways

Hereford coach Steve Turnbaugh (72-10 career) is the first coach to win at least 70 games in his first seven seasons. Seneca Valley's 14th-year coach Terry Changuris (139-27), who has led six of the Eagles" 11 state champi onship teams, is the next closest. Changuris won 66 games in his first seven years.

Dominance

Six different Hereford running backs have rushed for at least 500 yards, but the Bulls blanked City, 9-0, last week without their top scorer. Junior running back Pat Butt (14 touchdowns) missed the game with bruised ribs, but could return this week.

With 503 points during the regu lar season, Hereford became the state's first public school team to surpass 500 points over the 10-game regular season. The Bulls scored 496 points in 10 games in "97.

State football

Friday's semifinals

Class 4A

Bowie 10, Meade 6

Class 3A

Urbana 29, Seneca V. 23, 3 OT Patuxent 41, R. Montgomery 8

Class 2A

M Hereford 9, City 0 Joppatowne 14, Middletown 13

Class 1A

Oak. Mills 48, Boonsboro 14

Yesterday's semifinals

Class 4A E.

Roosevelt 49, Gaithersburg 25

Class 1A

Allegany 55, Elkton 48, 2OT

State finals

(at University of Maryland's Byrd Stadium, College Park)

Friday's games

Class 2A

Hereford (12-0) vs. Joppatowne (12-0), 4 p.m.

Class 3A

Urbana (11-0) vs. Patuxent (12-0), 7:30 p.m.

Saturday's games

Class 1A

Oakland Mills (8-4) vs. Allegany (10-2), noon

Class 4A

E. Roosevelt (12-0) vs. Bowie (11-1), 3:30 p.m.

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