Hereford rips E. Tech, 37-0

Two early TDs set up emotional Bulls payback for two 2003 defeats

Football

October 02, 2004|By Ryan Basen | Ryan Basen,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

In two losses to Eastern Tech last season, Hereford scored a total of only seven points.

In their home opener last night, the Bulls surpassed that total in less than five minutes. Aaron Moore returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, and quarterback Andy DePaola threw a touchdown pass to Ben Cole a few minutes later.

The No. 6 Mavericks never recovered, and No. 2 Hereford cruised to a 37-0 triumph at Hereford Stadium.

Leading up to the game, "we just kept in our heads `45-7,' " DePaola said, noting the combined score of the Bulls' (5-0) two losses to the Mavericks (3-1) last season, the second in the playoffs. "We wanted this game more than anything. It was so important."

That was clear on the game's first play. As much of a standing-room crowd was still filing in, Moore took the kickoff at his own 1 and ran straight up the middle of the field. He broke a tackle around the 25, cut right and outran the Eastern Tech kicker to complete a 99-yard touchdown.

After a missed extra point, Eastern Tech could not pick up a first down and lined up to punt. Hereford sophomore John Pugh got in up the middle and blocked the punt, recovering it at the Mavericks 13.

Three plays later, DePaola fired a pass to Cole in the end zone for a 9-yard touchdown. Ryan Farrell's extra point gave Hereford a 13-0 lead with 7:42 still to play in the first quarter.

"That hit them hard," DePaola said. "I don't think they expected us to come out with that much fire."

The Mavericks couldn't muster a rally and fell further behind when DePaola hit Cory Smith in stride on a slant for a 32-yard touchdown. By the time the first quarter ended, the Bulls led 20-0.

"It caught me by surprise," said Hereford coach Steve Turnbaugh. "I kept looking at the clock and said, `I can't believe it's still the first quarter.'"

The Bulls added 10 more points to take a 30-0 halftime lead and were never threatened.

Eastern Tech's best chance to score came early in the third quarter, but quarterback Carlos Megginson was intercepted deep in Hereford territory, one of four interceptions he threw.

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