Walterhoefer, Boys' Latin hand Pallotti its first loss

Junior's 277 rushing yards spark rally for 34-19 win

Football

October 18, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

LAUREL - The way Boys' Latin linebacker Chris Boland sees it, "People definitely forgot who the defending champs were." And he wasn't referring to the stray dog with "Champ" on its collar who briefly entered the Boys' Latin huddle before being escorted from the field in the second quarter.

"The past two weeks were about showing that we're back," said Boland, whose Lakers last week ended a five-game winning streak by Archbishop Spalding. "Tonight, I think we made that statement."

The Lakers did so emphatically before 1,500 at Pallotti's Suplee Field, getting a school-record 277 yards and four touchdowns on 41 carries from running back Shane Walterhoefer in a come-from-behind 34-19 victory in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association C Conference game.

Defensively, Boland had two sacks and a fumble recovery that set up one touchdown, Wes Wharton set up another score with an interception and Thaddeus Robinson had an interception in the end zone.

But the story was Walterhoefer, who ran for 59 yards and a score in the first half before overpowering the Panthers (6-1 overall, 3-1 league) in the second.

Walterhoefer's 20-yard scoring run capped a nine-play, 97-yard drive that gave the Lakers (4-3, 4-1) a 14-12 lead with 7:07 left in the third quarter. And from there, the 5-foot-9, 185-pound junior thrived behind Kyle Mahoney, Alex Becker, Jesse Filamor, Ridwan Tohme, Chris Frederick and Evans Burns. Getting 18 of the Lakers' 19 carries in the quarter, Walterhoefer scored two twice and ran for 181 yards.

Chris Read's 1-yard quarterback sneak, followed by Henry Lubke's third of four extra-point kicks, gave the Lakers a 21-12 lead with 4:59 left in the third quarter.

"I gained 15 pounds working out over the summer, with an eye toward being a better athlete," said Walterhoefer, who has 993 yards and 14 touchdowns on the season. "The fact that they're undefeated was on our minds all week, but their team is good, and their running back's awesome. Our line just played great in the second half."

Pallotti had clinched its first winning season since 1993 with an offense that averaged 35 points. Running back Alan Rice, who has a school-record 1,998 yards, finished with 164 yards and a 46-yard touchdown that gave Pallotti a 6-0 lead.

Panthers quarterback Kevin Olive threw his 12th and 13th touchdown passes of the year to Tim Jennings, who finished with five receptions for 104 yards and scores of 5 and 16 yards.

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