Third-quarter run carries E. Tech

Eastern Tech 35 Randallstown 12


November 04, 2006|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,Special to The Sun

Eastern Tech coach Marc Mesaros isn't big on halftime pep talks. Maybe it was what he didn't say that sparked the Mavericks to 21 unanswered points in the third quarter en route to a 35-12 victory over Randallstown at Kenwood High School last night.

The Mavericks scored three touchdowns within an 8:52 span - with two coming within 25 seconds - to put the game away and score a key win in the battle for a Class 2A North playoff spot.

"Last year, we were a young team and we would have folded up in a game like this," Mesaros said. "This season, we're not folding up for anyone."

Mike Cellini scored three touchdowns and rushed for 82 yards on 18 carries to lead the Mavericks (8-1). Nic Terry added 63 yards on eight caries.

Leading 7-6, Eastern wasted little time getting started. On the opening kickoff of the second half, sophomore Darian Connors returned the ball 72 yards to put the Mavericks at the Rams' 20. Six plays later, Cellini scored from 1 yard to increase the lead to 13-6.

After holding Randallstown (5-4), the Mavericks got the ball back on their 37, and scored eight plays later when Terry ran off tackle from 8 yards to make it 20-6.

On the Rams' next play, a botched exchange between quarterback Kevin James and his center led to a fumble, which Eastern's Tom Bradford recovered at the Randallstown 24. On the next play, Eastern Tech quarterback Nick Rooney found receiver Tom Tomascheesky open at the 5, and he scored to make it 28-6 after a run on the conversion with 3:02 left in the third quarter.

Eastern Tech looked like it would extend its lead on its next possession, but running back Thomas Edwards fumbled at the Randallstown 1. The Rams' Vaschon Gilmer picked up the fumble and ran down the sideline for a 99-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 28-12.

The victory all but clinches a playoff berth for the Mavericks in the 2A North region. While glad that his team has just about clinched a playoff berth, Terry says the Mavs still have work to do.

"It's a big step for us, but now we have Hereford next week," Terry said. "With the way our schedule is, every game is the biggest game of the year for us. We just have to keep playing Tech football, and the rest will take care of itself."

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