Hereford notches sixth shutout

Bulls topple Overlea, 24-0, earn 2A playoff spot

S. Carroll routs Liberty


November 08, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Unsatisfied with last year's effort against Overlea, Hereford's second-team All-Metro defensive lineman Billy Rueter set out to make amends last night.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder recovered a fumble to set up Dan Nemec's 1-yard scoring run during a 10-point second quarter, returned an interception 24 yards for another score and got his 39th and 40th career sacks in a 24-0 victory for the 10th-ranked Bulls at Baltimore County 3A-2A League rival Overlea.

Ryan Farrell had two interceptions. He returned his first 31 yards to set up a 20-yard field goal by John Dinkins - who also made three extra-point kicks. Farrell returned his second interception 46 yards for Hereford's last touchdown as the Bulls (8-2, 6-1) secured their fourth straight shutout and sixth of the season.

"I had a bad game against Overlea last year and hadn't been tackling well, so I wanted to come in and have a good game, get my confidence up," said Rueter, who has 23 sacks on the season. "I wanted to show what I could do and gear up for the playoffs."

The win earned Hereford a Class 2A North Region playoff berth, the eighth consecutive year in which the Bulls have qualified for the postseason under ninth-year coach Steve Turnbaugh. Cole Floyd recovered two fumbles and Keon Caesar recovered one fumble for Overlea (6-4, 5-2), which was eliminated from 2A North Region playoff contention.

All-Metro two-way lineman Joe Akers had three sacks, and Shomari Cromwell and Artie Willette had one each as the Bulls stopped Overlea once at the Hereford 6-yard line and again at the Bulls' 14.

Hereford's defense has allowed an average of 6.4 points, but the Bulls had an overall 28-game winning streak and a run of 49 consecutive victories against Baltimore County teams ended by No. 8 Randallstown, 14-7, on Sept. 24. Hereford also has been shut out by No. 1 Eastern Tech, 24-0.

Akers, a starter on the past two state championship teams, had not previously experienced a loss in high school.

"It's been a rough road, and they're a great team that came out and played a very good football game," Akers said of Overlea. "We looked at this like it was our first playoff game, and we had to give it 100 percent."

Overlea defensive back Adam Mondowney held receiver Brett Yoder (40 receptions this year) to no catches.

No. 2 Broadneck 10, Severna Park 7: Tony Marino's 6-yard touchdown pass to Dan Rosenblum in the third quarter lifted the Bruins (10-0) over the host Falcons (5-5). Chris Desautels set an Anne Arundel County record with his 10th field goal of the season, a 19-yarder in the second period. It is Broadneck's second undefeated regular season since 1998.

No. 5 South Carroll 49, Liberty 6: Quarterback T.J. Swanson completed 12 of 23 attempts for 154 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 77 yards and a score to lead the visiting Cavaliers (9-1) over the Lions.

South River 42, No. 13 Arundel 17: The host Seahawks (5-5) raced to a 21-0 lead and never looked back in surprising the Wildcats (7-3).

No. 14 Old Mill 56, Glen Burnie 12: Sophomore tailback Ryan Callahan rushed for 269 yards and four touchdowns and junior tailback Drew Beverly added two scores for the host Patriots (8-2). Glen Burnie dropped to 4-6.

Archbishop Curley 50, Cardinal Gibbons 7: The visiting Friars (8-2) clinched a tie for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference title behind fullback Josh Tracey, who rushed for 143 yards and three touchdowns.

Severn 38, St. Mary's 14: The host Admirals tied for first place in the MIAA B Conference and clinched a playoff berth with the victory.

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