Play against W.Va. wins Virginia Tech's Fuller notice at free safety



October 06, 2004|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Vincent Fuller realizes free safeties don't usually get mobbed by their teammates in the middle of the field after monumental victories.

But there Fuller was being swarmed by his Virginia Tech teammates last Saturday in Blacksburg, Va., after a 19-13 upset victory over then-No. 6 West Virginia.

The fifth-year senior from Woodlawn had just picked off a Rasheed Marshall pass at the Tech 22-yard line with 18 seconds left to wrap up the victory and conclude his most impressive collegiate performance.

"I guess my life has changed since the interception," said Fuller. "There's a lot more media attention. But I want to remain humble and work harder every day in the practice to get better."

The interception was the last of three huge plays by Fuller, which sent him into the spotlight as the Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Back of the Week.

He had scooped up a blocked field-goal attempt near the end of the first half and returned it 74 yards for a touchdown and a 13-0 lead, and forced a fumble late in the first quarter that led to a field goal.

"I want to thank Coach [Bud] Foster [defensive coordinator] for giving me the opportunity to play free safety," said Fuller. "Being successful has to do with listening and paying attention to techniques and fundamentals that your coaches teach you.

"Because if you need anything, nine times out of 10 you'll be successful if you play your position. And if you play your position well, good things will happen."

Even though last Saturday was the top individual effort of his career, Fuller still remembers the No. 1 moment of his days in Blacksburg. It came last Nov. 1 when the Hokies upset then-No. 2 Miami.

"I had a pretty good game that day," he said.

And through it all, Fuller takes time to remember his strong support system" from the Baltimore area, including Woodlawn coach Mark Harrison.

More Dolch heroics

Senior quarterback Scott Dolch promised a strong stretch run at Central Connecticut State.

But even the former McDonogh standout never predicted the kind of heroics he pulled off against Wagner the last weekend in September.

With his team down 21-7, and apparently out entering the fourth quarter, Dolch went on a passing tear that produced 114 yards, three touchdowns and a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter and overtime of a dramatic 28-21 victory.

Dolch threw the game-deciding 8-yard TD pass to sophomore Josh Roth in overtime.

Making the come-from-behind win all the more satisfying for Dolch was that he outdueled Wagner quarterback John Sciarra, a transfer from UCLA, who tossed three touchdown passes.

In all that day, Dolch completed 25 of 36 passes for 238 yards and a school-record-tying four touchdowns. He was selected the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division I-AA Offensive Player of the Week and the Northeast Conference Offensive Player of the Week.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder came back last weekend to complete 10 of 18 passes for 123 yards and one touchdown in a 28-13 win over Marist.

Et cetera

Freshman forward Krissy Browning (Fallston) has started four games for the Gettysburg College field hockey team (6-2), which is ranked No. 19 in Division III. Browning has one assist and seven shots in a total of seven games. Sophomore forward Essie Mallonee (Park) has played in two games for the Gettysburg squad.

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