Wilde Lake plunges past River Hill in OT

Forrest's 2nd QB sneak for touchdown carries Wildecats to 21-14 win

Football

High Schools

October 12, 2003|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

The Wilde Lake football team literally sneaked out of Clarksville yesterday with a 21-14 overtime victory over River Hill.

Junior Chris Forrest scored two of his three touchdowns on quarterback sneaks, including the game-winner from inside the 1-yard line on fourth down. The game ended with Wildecats safety Gabe Ross and lineman Dane Randolph taking down Thomas Perkins in the backfield on fourth-and-four.

"We just weren't clicking offensively," said River Hill coach Brian Van Deusen, whose team scored twice in the final quarter to force overtime.

"We knew their quarterback is their biggest weapon and they've got that size up front, and they were pounding us a little bit and widening the gaps."

The No. 8 Wildecats pulled into a second-place tie with No. 6 River Hill in the Howard County League. Each team is 5-1, trailing unranked Glenelg, which rose to 6-0 after yesterday's 42-21 victory over Long Reach.

Forrest exploited the Hawks' front to rush for 111 of his season-high 137 yards in the first half. He scored two touchdowns, 64 yards on an option and 5 yards on a sneak.

Alex Gould, who led all rushers with 142 yards on 17 carries, got Forrest in position for the winning score with three carries down to within a foot of the goal line on the first overtime drive.

Carrying the ball 25 times, Forrest ran at least 10 sneaks and the option as many times as the Wildecats amassed 333 yards rushing and 367 total yards. River Hill had 217.

"The way they set up, when they didn't have a man in the gap, we would take it," said Forrest, who was mostly escorted by 6-foot-4, 270-pound center Eric Fair on his sneaks and followed guard Dane Randolph (6-5, 255 pounds) and/or tackle Steve Simms (6-6, 315) on his options. Randolph is bound for Maryland and Simms is committed to Syracuse.

" ... The coaches told me I was going to have a big game today and that I would get the ball and run a lot," Forrest added. "This gives us a chance at the county championship."

River Hill rallied behind two touchdown passes by junior Ben Hostetler (13-for-25, 133 yards) in the final period to force overtime. But after the Hawks took over at the Wilde Lake 10 on their overtime possession, momentum turned. On second-and-goal from the 9, Hostetler hit Rogers Barnes near the 2 and was driven back to the 5. But the officials didn't award Barnes' forward progress, spotting the ball where he landed. River Hill rushed on its final two plays but went nowhere.

"Our penetration was great the whole game and all we had to do was fill the gaps and tackle," said Ross, who also helped collar tight end Ben Nowak.

Nowak, who caught 12 passes in last week's 20-19 win over No. 7 Oakland Mills, was held to four catches for 57 yards. Thirty-five of those yards came on the game-tying touchdown with 2:04 remaining in regulation. The 6-4, 200-pound Nowak grabbed the Hostetler pass along the sideline and broke three tackles.

"We had to change our coverage on him a little bit because they figured out what we were doing," said Wilde Lake coach Doug Duvall.

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