Eastern Tech tops No. 1 Randallstown in overtime, 7-6

Farmer stops 2-point try, makes leaping TD catch

Football

High Schools

September 11, 2004|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Making plays under pressure decides many close football games. Eastern Tech had at least three players who came through last night.

Tom Farmer, a Division I recruit; senior quarterback Carlos Megginson, who is starting his first year of varsity football; and place-kicker Mitch Troyer made the plays in the first overtime last night at CCBC-Essex as unranked Eastern Tech upset No. 1 Randallstown, 7-6.

After four scoreless quarters, Randallstown (1-1) started the overtime from the 10-yard line. The Rams didn't waste any time.

Quarterback Marcus McClain hit Anthony Green with a perfect slant-in pass in the end zone to open the scoring.

McClain then sprinted left for a two-point conversion run, but Farmer, the Mavericks' 6-foot-4, 195-pound cornerback, met him head-on at the 1-yard line.

Farmer banged McClain at the 1 and sent him sprawling out of bounds.

"We were looking for a pass, but he ran it. And they had not run to my side all night, but I was ready," said Farmer.

Tech (1-1) took its turn from the 10. On third down from the 7, Megginson, who is 5-7 and 140 pounds, lofted a pass to the left corner of the end zone. Rams linebacker Bryan Parker Jr., 6-2, 205, went up with Farmer for the ball.

"I got the better jump on the ball," said Farmer, who took it away by reaching over Parker. "It's incredible. We're not ranked and they're number one, and we get no respect."

Troyer, who had missed two field goals in regulation, hit the game-winning extra point right down the middle.

"Randallstown was good, but we had heart. Had that heart, baby. It feels really good," said Megginson, who played youth football in Middle River and came out for football at Tech in ninth grade. He gave it up early that year.

Coach Marc Mesaros said Megginson asked him at the end of last year if he could come out his senior year, and the coach told him he could if he spent time in the weight room.

He did, and now he's the starting quarterback on a team that just beat the No. 1 team, which has several Division I prospects, including lineman Melvin Aleaze and linebacker Jamarri McCullough.

"I came out with a bang," said Megginson, who said his heroes are his parents and a guy ready to make his Ravens debut.

"Deion Sanders is a hero because he took three years off, just like I took three years off," he said. "We're back, and I'm about to get a state championship and he's about to get a Super Bowl."

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