John Carroll runs way to share of `C' crown

Frank's 238 yards, 3 TDs help beat Pallotti, 31-21, to earn 2nd title in 3 years


High Schools

November 02, 2003|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

With a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association C Conference title in its sights, the John Carroll football team made things quite simple.

The Patriots cleared holes for junior Dane Frank and let their standout tailback run wild.

Leaving Pallotti tacklers in his wake on many of his 38 carries, Frank pounded his way for 238 yards and three first-half touchdowns as the Patriots downed the Panthers, 31-21, yesterday at Gerry Gray Memorial Field in Bel Air, and won a share of the C Conference title.

The Patriots (7-2, 5-1), who end their season Saturday by playing host to A Conference's Loyola, will share the conference title with Boys' Latin. It is John Carroll's second league crown in three years.

"Everyone was like even if you don't win it this year, you still have the title we won our sophomore year, but you remember your senior year," said senior Chris Inmon, a two-way lineman. "This one is what matters most."

Frank had 170 of the 238 yards in the first half as the Patriots, behind linemen Patrick McGrath, Matt Murphy, Anthony Tapp, John Kearby and a host of others, controlled the line of scrimmage in taking a 28-6 halftime lead.

On the Patriots' first scoring drive, which went 72 yards at the end of the first quarter, Frank's number was called seven of the eight plays.

After the Panthers (7-2, 3-2) cut the Patriots lead to 7-6 on Kevin Olive's 7-yard touchdown pass to Allen Rice, Frank went back to work, taking four straight handoffs and running the last one in for a 6-yard touchdown.

"It was a feeling like, `Yeah, we can't be stopped,' " said Frank, who is just 5-foot-8, 145 pounds but often occupies more than one tackler. "The line was just awesome today."

With its defense containing Rice and dangerous wide-out Tim Jennings, John Carroll went up 21-6 when Frank ran through Jennings' arm tackle en route to a 11-yard score.

Devine's 2-yard quarterback keeper increased John Carroll's lead to 21, but Pallotti regrouped after halftime.

"We told them we were still in the game and I was proud of the way the kids fought back," said Panthers coach Jack Mead.

Olive hit Jennings for an 8-yard strike and then threw his third touchdown pass, a 71-yarder on a slant, to Marcus Hamlett. That made it 28-21 with 1:32 to play in the third.

However, looking for the tying score and at John Carroll's 34-yard line with 10 minutes left, Olive was sacked by McGrath, who forced the fumble, allowing Inmon to recover.

The Patriots then reeled off a 13-play, seven-minute drive, resulting in Dean Roberts' 25-yard field goal.

"[A title] is always the goal from beginning," Patriots coach Sean Ireton said. "It couldn't have been done without the right kids putting it all together and doing the right things."

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