DeSantis, Hereford upend Overlea

QB runs for 2 TDs, 111 yards in 22-6 win


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Hereford quarterback Adam DeSantis knows a little bit about the running game. The former running back used his feet more than his arms in leading the Bulls to a 22-6 win over Baltimore County division-rival Overlea last night.

While the senior only attempted two passes, both of which fell incomplete, he had nine carries for 111 yards and scored two touchdowns. Hereford (5-1) rushed for 229 yards and three scores and its defense shut down the Falcons (4-2), who scored their only touchdown on a 65-yard punt return by Gene Knight just before halftime.

Hereford coach Steve Turnbaugh said his team is still a work in progress and inexperienced with 35 of his 44 players playing varsity for the first time.

"We had to sustain a lot of growing pains this year," Turnbaugh said. "A lot of people had written us off. We still have a long way to go. I think there is so much parity in the county that anybody is capable of beating anyone else in any given weekend. This was a nice win over a good team."

The Bulls opened the scoring with 7:17 left in the first quarter when DeSantis took the snap, rolled to his right and found a hole in the Falcons' defense for a 46-yard run. Hereford increased its lead midway through the second quarter on a 16-play, 59-yard drive ending with a 1-yard touchdown run by Anthony Phillips.

It was DeSantis again who set up the third and final score for Hereford with four minutes remaining in the half when he had a 52-yard run to the Falcons' 3-yard line. On the next play, he went through the middle of Overlea's defensive line to increase Hereford's lead to 20-0.

"I have never been a quarterback because I was always a running back, so we decided to run the option," DeSantis said. "On the first score, I saw the hole and I just broke outside. The second one was basically the same thing."

Overlea coach Keith Robinson took some consolation in shutting out the Bulls in the second half.

"We might have done a little over-coaching this week," Robinson said. "We put in a defensive scheme in the first half to try and take away the option. We gambled and it hurt us. In the second half, we came out in our regular base defense and we shut them down."

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