Pavik sparks Hereford over Eastern Tech

Hereford 21 Eastern Tech 0

November 11, 2006|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun reporter

Christian Pavik found football here to be "five times more intense" than in his native Reno, Nev., from which he transferred to Hereford when his father moved his sales business to Baltimore.

"And the guys are like brothers to me and really welcomed me in," Pavik said. "They've been awesome, and I want to thank them for that."

In last night's 21-0 victory over visiting Eastern Tech, the senior receiver-defensive back again demonstrated his gratitude.

Pavik caught a 33-yard scoring pass from Nick Aiello, made his sixth interception of the season and recovered his third fumble in the ninth straight win by the Bulls (9-1, 9-0), who earned their eighth Baltimore County 2A-1A league title as well as home-field advantage for next weekend's Class 2A North regional semifinal rematch with the Mavericks (8-2, 7-2).

John Hemmeter rushed for 70 yards and a touchdown, Adam Ferrell blocked and recovered a punt in the end zone for another score, and D.J. Wacker and Gordy Boone had an interception and a fumble recovery, respectively.

The Bulls secured their 10th playoff berth after going 5-5 and missing the playoffs last year for only the second time under 12th-year coach Steve Turnbaugh.

"As good as it is to win like this, I think we've only stirred up a hornets nest," said Turnbaugh, whose Bulls won titles in 1997, 2001 and 2002, and were runners-up in 2004. "We've got seven days separating us from next week, and its going to be a ... dogfight."

The loss ended a seven-game winning streak for the Mavericks, who opened the season with a 20-0 win over two-time 2A state champ Potomac of Prince George's County before losing, 6-3, to No. 12 New Town.

Note -- Hereford's former second-team All-Metro quarterback Andy DePaola, a 2005 graduate who is now a reserve at Rutgers, was on hand last night to support his brother, Nick, a reserve sophomore running back-linebacker for the Bulls. A night earlier, DePaola, 19, was on the sideline for 15th-ranked Rutgers' come-from-behind, 28-25, victory over No. 3 Louisville in Piscataway, N.J.

lem.satterfield@baltsun.com

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