Wilde Lake has prize catch at QB in Fields

After `rough' transition, he settles in as leader

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Football notebook

October 21, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Wilde Lake senior Hamp Fields didn't take to quarterbacking like a duck to water. In fact, he initially felt more like a fish out of water.

"Going into the season, he hadn't taken a live snap," coach Doug DuVall said. "He fumbled like the first five of them over his head, between his legs - you name it."

"That first scrimmage was horrible," the 5-foot-10, 170-pound Fields said. "It was real rough."

Particularly compared with the smooth manner in which Fields now is running the eighth-ranked Wildecats (7-0 overall, 6-0 in Howard County) option offense. Although running backs A.J. Case and Austen Merrills have combined for more than 20 touchdowns and are quickly approaching 1,000 yards apiece, DuVall said it is Fields who makes the Wildecats go.

Now a sure-handed option QB, Fields has passed for more than 250 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for nearly 300 yards and three more scores. As a defensive back he is a sure tackler, and as a place-kicker he is 21 of 22 on extra points.

A versatile athlete, Fields has participated in swimming, baseball and track - the latter last spring to improve his speed as an option quarterback.

He has a 3.7 grade-point average and can bench press nearly 240 pounds.

Owls play it smart

Westminster's Owls play smart because they are.

Strong safety Cole Finch is a 4.0 student, while defensive tackle J.C. Hutchins and receiver-defensive back Jason Stone each have a 3.8 GPA. Quarterback Brad Bear clocks in with a 3.5, and according to coach Scott Tobias, there are a host of other players with a B average or better.

"I don't think there's anybody on our team who is borderline or struggling," said Stone, 16, who scored 1,230 on his SAT and has attracted interest from Richmond, Bucknell, Dartmouth and Princeton. "I think it helps with our schemes. It's a lot easier when you look over at the person next to you and you know they know what they're doing."

The Owls (5-2) have averaged more than 37 points in five straight victories. On Thursday, they posted a come-from-behind 35-27 win at Frederick.

Westminster has a 4-0 record in the Central Maryland Conference and closes with Frederick County powers Linganore and Urbana - a four-time defending state champ - and South Carroll, with whom the Owls shared last year's Carroll County title.

Stone has scored 12 touchdowns and ranks among the area's top three receivers with 39 receptions for 614 yards and 10 touchdowns. He intercepted nine passes last season, and has three more this year.

Chris Karabaich has four interceptions, and linebacker Zach Calcutt has returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown. Bear has passed for 819 yards and nine touchdowns, and running back Brandon Costley has rushed for 896 yards and nine scores.

Walbrook wins

After losing its first two games to No. 15 City and No. 6 Edmondson, Walbrook has won five straight to move to 5-2.

Derrick Harrison rushed for 250 yards and had touchdowns of 45 and 75 yards, James Yarborough (three receptions, 80 yards) caught a 50-yard touchdown and had an interception and Brandon Jackson (76 yards rushing) scored a 40-yard touchdown in Thursday night's 30-6 nonleague Baltimore City rout of visiting #419. Defensive end Jabriel White had two sacks.

Wild win

Bo Penn kicked field goals of 38 and 28 yards - the latter on the final play of regulation - and Kirk Kemerzelle ran for the game-winning touchdown from 1 yard out as Bel Air (2-5, 1-4) ended a four-game losing streak with a 12-6 upset of North Harford (4-3, 2-2) in Harford County League action Thursday night.

Big comeback

Jason Caldwell and Steve Michalos had scoring receptions of 20 and 65 yards from Alex Salihi while Tom Zimmerman scored on a 30-yard interception return and David Beach kicked a 22-yard field goal and two extra points, as host St. Paul's (4-3 overall, 2-1 league) scored a 23-0 shutout of the defending co-champion Friars (4-3, 1-1).

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