Hereford gets a kick out of second chance

After missing in regulation, Cimino boots Overlea in second OT

Hereford 17 Overlea 14


October 15, 2006|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun reporter

Jason Cimino kicked a 19-yard field goal in the second overtime to lift No. 13 Hereford to a 17-14 victory over Overlea at Kenwood in a Baltimore County League 2A-1A game yesterday.

For the senior kicker, who also converted both extra-point attempts, the game-winner made up for a 26-yard attempt that sailed wide left with 31 seconds left in regulation.

"The first field goal I had a bunch of nerves. I made a bad kick and the wind caught it," said Cimino, who credited holder Tyler Brown on the next attempt. "The second one - I knew I had to make it when it came down to me again. I've never felt so great in my life.

"One of our guys on the sideline, Les Delmont, said this would come down to me, and I wish he hadn't said that."

The win was the fifth straight for the Bulls (5-1, 5-0), who nearly lost after leading 14-0 with 7:27 left in the third quarter.

Hereford led 7-0 in the first quarter after Nick Narango's 1-yard run capped an eight play, 34-yard drive. The Bulls built a 14-0 lead after Lonnie Liggins' 11-yard run completed a seven-play, 59-yard march.

But the Falcons (4-2, 3-2) almost rode the shoulders of 5-foot-6, 150-pound K.C. Speis to a comeback victory.

Speis threw a 25-yard scoring pass to Alfred Townsend with 8:43 left in the fourth quarter. Then, with 3:42 remaining, Speis followed his 12-yard touchdown run with a two-point conversion run that tied the score at 14. On the tying drive, Speis completed a 25-yard pass to Sean Copeland, a 6-foot, 280-pounder who made an acrobatic grab amid two defenders.

Each team was intercepted in its first overtime series from the 10-yard line, with Justin Snyder stealing a pass for Overlea, and Colin Gload doing the same for Hereford.

Overlea went first to start the second overtime but was pushed back to the 18-yard line, forcing a 35-yard field-goal attempt by Copeland that fell short.

The Falcons, like the Bulls, still are in the thick of the race for one of the top four spots in the Class 2A North Region playoffs.

"I feel sick for all of our guys as badly as they wanted this," Overlea coach Keith Robinson said. "We've had so many close games in the last few years, and our guys left their guts on the field. That's all you can ask."

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