Urbana rolls past S. Carroll, 40-7

Cavaliers suffer first loss, giving up 560 yards

three interceptions lead to TDs


High Schools

October 06, 2002|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

For South Carroll quarterback Jake Mead, the bitter disappointment of watching his team's unbeaten season come to an end yesterday was overshadowed by just one thought.

What might have been.

Carroll County's passing leader, Mead threw a season-high three interceptions, all turned into touchdowns, as the host Cavaliers fell to powerful Urbana, 40-7, in a Central Maryland Conference game.

The first interception ended South Carroll's opening drive of the game. After Mead (15-for-28, 124 yards, one touchdown) and running back Jimmy Meetre drove the Cavaliers to the Hawks' 7, Mead rolled right on third-and-goal and threw a pass to the corner that was caught by defensive back Eric Lenz at the 2.

"That first touchdown was everything. If we got that, then from there we probably would've had the game," Mead said. "Mistakes killed us in the first half."

"You never know what would've happened if we would've put that first touchdown in," said South Carroll coach Gene Brown. "We were right down there."

Urbana (2-3 overall, 2-0 league) then drove 98 yards on 11 plays to take the lead, and built that lead to 34-0 before the Cavaliers (4-1, 1-1) got on the board.

Lenz, who later picked off another pass, said that Urbana's coaching staff had the defensive backs well-schooled on what to look.

"Our coaches said that [Mead] looks where he's going to throw. I just picked up his eyes," Lenz said. "I faked at him both times, and he just threw right at me."

Offensive mistakes, however, were just part of South Carroll's problem. The Cavaliers could not stop the four-time defending state champion.

Urbana scored touchdowns on its first four drives in racking up 560 yards of offense for the game. Led by running backs Jeremy Fields (15 carries, 99 yards, one touchdown), Matt Barnes (18 carries, 87 yards, three touchdowns) and John Cooper (10 carries, 85 yards, one touchdown), the Hawks were nearly unstoppable on the ground.

When they weren't running, the Hawks, paced by quarterback Al Sowers (7-for-11, 142 yards, one touchdown) were effectively passing.

It was the second straight lopsided win for Urbana, which opened with consecutive losses to No. 1 Gilman, Loyola and Park View, a top 15 team in the Washington area. South Carroll will try to bounce back next week against another powerful foe, Linganore.

For the South Carroll players, a better performance will be a matter of pride.

"The team you saw today - that wasn't us," Mead said. "We're better than that. We're a lot better than that."

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