Defense lifts 4-0 Kenwood past Parkville

Fumble return for TD highlights upset

Kenwood 10 Parkville 0

September 30, 2006|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun reporter

Tremell Hargett and Josh Martin were a sophomore and a freshman, respectively, on the junior varsity last fall when Kenwood's varsity football team was routed by nearly 30 points at Parkville.

"That was a blowout that broke our hearts," said Hargett, now a 6-foot, 215-pound junior. "That stayed with us all summer long and up to tonight. We couldn't wait to get back at them."

Last night, Hargett and Martin helped the Bluebirds get their revenge, playing key roles in a stingy defensive effort that shut out the visiting 11th-ranked Knights, 10-0, in a Baltimore County 4A-3A League game before more than 1,000 partisan Kenwood fans.

Hargett made 12 tackles, had two sacks and returned a second-quarter fumble recovery 64 yards for a touchdown, and Martin made 13 tackles and recovered a fumble that set up his 24-yard field goal in the third quarter as the Bluebirds improved to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the league.

Donnell Flemming had a team-high 14 tackles, Jason Castillo had nine tackles and a sack, Josh Castillo had a fumble recovery, and Perry Webb had an interception in the end zone as the Bluebirds limited second-team All-County running back Russell Winborn to 76 rushing yards.

Winborn rushed for 1,249 yards and 24 touchdowns last fall.

"They beat us on the line of scrimmage, where the game is won and lost," Parkville coach John Marquette said. "When you get right down to it, they generally outplayed us."

Kenwood's defense thwarted two of Parkville's first-quarter scoring chances. After the Knights (3-1, 2-1) reached the Bluebirds' 9-yard line, they missed a 31-yard field-goal attempt. Later, Shavarr Williams dropped Winborn for a 1-yard loss on fourth-and-seven at the Kenwood 19.

Parkville reached the Kenwood 14 midway through the fourth quarter, only to be pushed back to the 21 and stopped on downs.

"What we have emphasized all season is to create take-aways and to force turnovers," said Kenwood's sixth-year coach Tony Ruocco, whose Bluebirds were 5-5 last season. "We felt that we played pretty well defensively last season, but the difference in this year's team is that we've worked on emphasizing the first man tackling and then the second man coming in to strip the ball.

"Tonight, I thought the take-aways were very instrumental in the game's outcome," he said. lem.satterfield@baltsun.com

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