New Town tops E. Tech

Titans sparked by 84-yard halfback option TD, stingy defense

New Town 6 Eastern Tech 3


September 17, 2006|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Reporter

Justin Nicholson outleaped one defender and eluded three others en route to an 84-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown on a halfback option pass, and the New Town defense made it stand for yesterday's critical, 6-3 Baltimore County 2A-1A League victory over visiting Eastern Tech on a muddy field.

The win was the first over a program with a winning record by the Titans (2-0 overall, 2-0 league), a third-year varsity program under Rich Stichel Jr.

"We've had six shutouts in our last seven victories, so there's no shame in giving up three points against Eastern Tech," said Stichel, 28, a 1995 graduate of Eastern Tech who credited Chad Briscoe (13 tackles), Roland Rivere and Randy Rice (nine tackles each) and Jordan Downs and Josh Mann (seven each) for their defense.

"It was a grinder of a game," Stichel said. "Fortunately when it was time for a big play, we executed."

Quarterback Dexter Edwards pitched to Tony Randall, who spotted Nicholson 20 yards down field near Eastern Tech's sideline. Randall didn't see Nicholson's acrobatic grab because he was leveled by a defender after he threw the ball, but he "watched him run down the field."

Nicholson broke a tackle near midfield before another defender's perfect pursuit angle was disrupted by a collision with one of the officials, allowing the junior to sprint the remaining 25 yards for the touchdown with 8:31 left.

"After the safety on the other side ran into the referee, there was nothing but daylight," Nicholson said. "I got a second burst of energy."

Coming off a 20-0 shutout of two-time Class 2A state champion Potomac of Prince George's County, the Mavericks (1-1, 0-1) took a 3-0 halftime lead on Dave Spalt's 31-yard field goal.

But the Mavericks dropped two passes inside the New Town 5-yard line - once while holding a three-point lead - and missed potential game-tying field goal attempts of 38 and 51 yards.

"We moved the ball, kept them off balance. But where we're used to taking it to people, they had the guts and the resolve to toughen up," Mavericks coach Mark Mesaros said. "Inside the 30-yard line, they made it hard to move the football."

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