S. Carroll hopes to end frustrations vs. Urbana

Cavs have best shot yet, but know it won't be easy

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October 03, 2002|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

South Carroll football coach Gene Brown knows that records often can be deceiving. That's especially true when it comes to four-time defending state champion Urbana.

The Hawks will bring a 1-3 record into Saturday's (1 p.m.) game in Winfield in what Brown says should be his team's toughest test this season.

"We're looking forward to it, but it's no cakewalk," said Brown, whose team lost to the Frederick County power, 58-0, a year ago. "They're a lot better than people know."

Urbana, last year's Class 3A champion, has lost to No. 1 Gilman, Loyola and Park View, a top 15 team in the Washington area. They recorded their first win last week, blowing out Thomas Johnson.

But if there's ever been a time for South Carroll to score its first-ever victory over the Hawks, this is it.

The unranked Cavaliers have won seven straight dating to last year, and are 4-0 for the first time since 1998. They haven't had a better start since winning their first seven in 1988 in a season in which they finished 9-2 and made the Class 3A state playoffs.

What's more, led by quarterback Jake Mead, who threw for 300 yards in the first half last week, and running back Jimmy Meetre, they have scored at least 42 points in three of four games, including Monday night's 49-26 win over Frederick.

The Cavaliers came close to beating Urbana in 1998, falling, 17-13. But each year since, they were out of the game by halftime.

"I'm hoping that maybe we'll be able to pick some spots and put some points on the board," Brown said. "We've got to be able to play some field position. That's how they beat you. They've always got a great kicking game and great special teams, and they smother you with that stuff.

"If you can't overcome that, man, they pound you early and then you can't get out."

With Linganore, probably the second-toughest opponent on its schedule, to follow, South Carroll knows the critical nature of this week's game.

"This is our biggest game, and our kids understand that," Brown said. "Not that I'm thinking playoffs, because around here you just don't do that, but you can't lose two football games [and make the playoffs] in 3A. Forget it."

Bad idea for Century

When Century athletic director Craig Walker accepted a game for his first-year varsity football team against powerful Martinsburg (W.Va.), the hope was that the Bulldogs - West Virginia Class 3A state finalists last year - would be down after graduating several key seniors.

The Knights, however, found out that wasn't the case in a 64-13 loss on Saturday, allowing the most points by a county team since Francis Scott Key lost to Middletown, 65-0, in 1990.

Relying on several JV players to fill key roles, the injury-hampered Knights (0-4) were no match for the host team, which is now 5-0 and ranked No. 4 in the WVSPN.com Class 3A state poll.

So much for rebuilding.

Every role fits her

When Terry Molloy took over as Westminster girls soccer coach this fall, he thought sophomore Samantha Stone would be a defender. Since then, he's also used Stone at midfield and striker - which is where she's listed on the team's roster.

"She's been like a utility player for us," Molloy said.

Stone showed that in Tuesday's 1-0 victory over North Carroll. She scored the game's only goal and did a solid job on defense to help the Owls after they got the lead.

Stone scored midway through the first half to give the Owls the lead, and Molloy then dropped her back to defense for about 20 minutes to help Westminster (3-2-2) down the stretch. She has played a direct role in four of the team's five goals this season.

"She started as a striker tonight," Molloy said with a laugh. "But I can put her anywhere."

Jeff Seidel contributed to this article.

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