Eastern Tech blanks Hereford, 24-0

No. 10 Bulls held scoreless for first time since 1991

Football

High Schools

October 04, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Eastern Tech's Josh Hager entered last night's showdown with visiting, 10th-ranked Hereford having never lost as a starting high school quarterback.

The senior did everything he could to keep his streak alive.

Hager (7-for-10 passing, 116 yards) rushed for one touchdown, threw for another and set up the other two scores with a run and a pass in a 24-0 victory by the Mavericks over the Bulls in a Baltimore County Class 3A-2A division game before a boisterous crowd of 1,500 at CCBC-Essex.

Tommy Farmer had two interceptions, Justin Schaeffer had another interception and Greg Pinkney had a sack and a fumble recovery for the fourth-ranked Mavericks (5-0, 2-0).

"We knew they had changed their whole offense from a running game to a passing game," Farmer said. "We were prepared for everything they tried to do."

Wayne Martin, Matt Sanders, Lamont Smith and Jordan Distance combined for 20 tackles.

The shutout was the seventh in the Mavericks' past 11 regular-season wins and was the first time the Bulls (3-2, 1-1) had been held scoreless since 1991.

Hereford, which lost, 14-7, on Sept. 24 to Randallstown, has lost twice in one regular season for the first time since 1995. The earlier loss ended an overall winning streak of 28 games and another of 49 against county teams by the two-time defending Class 2A state champion.

Hager entered the second half of last year's 29-12 loss to Hereford in Week 4 and threw for two touchdowns - one of them a 64-yarder to Farmer.

Hager's winning streak rose to 21 games. He led the Mavericks JV to a 10-0 record as a sophomore, started the last six varsity wins of last fall and all this season.

"I had been counting the days to this night, and it finally came," said Hager, whose 55-yard scoring run off an option made it 7-0 with 5:13 left in the first quarter. "They had beaten us three straight times on the varsity, but now this is behind us."

Mitchell Troyer's 38-yard field goal three seconds before halftime was set up by Hager's 30-yard pass to Farmer on fourth-and-seven. Hager faced third-and-16 at Hereford's 18-yard line, and was flushed from the pocket when his 17-yard run down the Mavericks' sideline set up Dietrich Wright's 1-yard plunge.

Hager's 30-yard scoring pass to Joshua Jones, who turned 17 yesterday, was followed by Troyer's third extra point of the night for the winning margin with 3:03 to play.

"They were the giants, and we slayed them. We came out here and busted our tails," said Wright, 6 feet 3, 200 pounds, who finished with 87 rushing yards and his 11th touchdown run. "We were motivated and we played our hearts out. We plan to do that for the rest of the season."

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