Linganore does it all vs. Lackey in 28-0 win

Lancers control both sides of line in ruining bid of Green, Chargers for title

Class 3A football final

High Schools

December 05, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Eric Yeroshefsky scored his 10th rushing touchdown of the year, quarterback Zach Hayes threw his 20th touchdown pass and ran for a 79-yard touchdown in the third quarter and Jon Moravec made his 14th scoring reception as Linganore of Frederick County routed Lackey of Charles County, 28-0, last night for the Class 3A state title at M&T Bank Stadium.

Scott Kent registered his ninth sack and Erik Noll intercepted a pass at his team's 5-yard line and disrupted two others in the end zone as the Lancers (13-1) kept the state's leading rusher, Morgan Green (2,629 yards, 26 touchdowns) of Lackey (12-2), from scoring for only the second time this season.

Facing first-and-goal at the Linganore 4-yard line, Green carried the ball four straight times - the last time on fourth-and-inches with 10:28 to play - but couldn't score.

Matt Castor then broke away for his 18th rushing touchdown, an 84-yarder with 8:10 to play, and Bobby Santos' kick made it 28-0.

"On defense, everybody wanted to just wrap him [Green] up, and, on offense, I just wanted to keep my legs moving, running as hard as I can," said the 5-foot-11, 195-pound Castor, who recovered a fumble as a linebacker and rushed for 120 of the Lancers' 365 total yards.

"He [Green] is supposedly the best back in the state, and with all the papers saying nobody could stop him, it was a big deal for our defense and a personal challenge," said nose guard Justin Grubby.

Green (80 yards, 30 carries last night) ended his season 112 yards short of eclipsing the Maryland single-season rushing record of 2,741 held by McDonough's Sherron Gudger. He now ranks second all time in the single-season rushing category.

Green was contained by a Linganore team that had allowed only one rushing touchdown in its previous three playoff games.

The Lancers were in their second straight state title game and their seventh overall. They lost last year's final, 14-7, to Seneca Valley.

They led 6-0 with 8:39 left in the first quarter on Yeroshefsky's 23-yard run, having taken over on downs after a botched punt by Lackey rolled backward to that spot.

After missing a 28-yard field-goal attempt with 7:20 left in the first half, the Lancers stopped a short drive by the Chargers, whose punt traveled only 8 yards to Lackey's 41.

Hayes then found Moravec on consecutive passes of 8 and 33 yards - the last making it 12-0 with 4:07 left in the first half. Noll then caught a conversion pass from Hayes for a 14-0 halftime lead.

Lackey 0 0 0 0 - 0

Linganore 6 8 7 7 - 28

Li-Yeroshefsky 23 run (kick failed) Li-Moravec 33 pass (Noll pass from Hayes) Li-Hayes 79 run (Santos kick) Li-Castor 84 run (Santos kick)

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