Eastern Tech rally from 14 down hands Overlea 27-20 loss

Mavericks' 2 quick scores in third period settle it against longtime rival


High Schools

October 30, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

The Eastern Tech-Overlea football rivalry is as intense as they come.

Eastern Tech coach Marc Mesaros and Overlea coach Keith Robinson once served together as assistants under legendary Patterson coach Roger Wrenn, the schools are separated by less than four miles and many of the teams' players grew up playing in the same recreation leagues.

That intensity was evident last night at Overlea, where the visiting, seventh-ranked Mavericks overcame a 14-point, first-quarter deficit with 27 unanswered points, ending the Falcons' seven-game winning streak with a 27-20 victory in a Baltimore County 2A-1A game.

Down by two touchdowns, Stephen Samuel's 4-yard run was followed by Mitch Troyer's extra-point kick to bring the Mavericks within 14-7 with 10:31 left in the first half. Samuel's run ended a 10-play, 44-yard drive after the Falcons botched a fake punt.

Eastern Tech moved within 14-13 - the halftime score - after All-Metro Tom Farmer hauled in a pass from Carlos Megginson for a 44-yard touchdown.

"When our defense stopped the fake punt, that really turned the momentum," said the 6-foot-4, 194-pound Farmer. "After Samuel scored, we started the move the ball and had some nice drives."

The Mavericks led 27-14 after scoring twice within a 20-second span of the third quarter. First, Lamont Smith scored on a 1-yard, which he set up with an earlier run of 49 yards. Then Brandon Myers returned an interception untouched 37 yards for a score.

"That was just a beautiful run by Lamont," said Samuel, who followed Smith's touchdown with a conversion run. "This is just an unbelievable rivalry because I played with a lot of those guys in rec leagues, so this gives us bragging rights."

Farmer also knocked down four passes intended for Akeem Richards, Overlea's second-team All-City/County receiver. Farmer also prevented Richards from scoring a touchdown by stopping him at Eastern Tech's 16-yard line after a 51-yard punt return in the first quarter.

But Richards' return set up Dominique Miles' touchdown on the next play for a 6-0 lead. The Falcons led 14-0 with 6:15 left in the first period after quarterback Ariel Morales' 44-yard run set up his 3-yard pass to Joe Loyal. Morales ran for the two-point conversion.

Richards' 31-yard scoring reception was his 12th of the year from Morales (17 touchdown passes), bringing the Falcons within the final margin with 10:37 to play.

The game carried playoff implications for both teams, which are competing for one of the four Class 2A North Region berths.

The Mavericks (8-1 overall, 5-1 league) entered the game in the third regional playoff position behind top-ranked Hereford (10-0, 6-0) and Overlea (7-2, 5-1).

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