Bulls hold on, make stand against Gators

Perry Hall thwarted at goal line with :11 left

No. 10 Hereford 28 No. 14 Perry Hall 25

Football

September 29, 2007|By Stefen Lovelace | Stefen Lovelace,Sun Reporter

With No. 14 Perry Hall trailing No. 10 Hereford by three points with 11 seconds left, Gators quarterback Mike Lang had a decision to make.

Lang rolled to his right and had to decide whether to throw or try to run it in.

He chose to run, but was greeted by three Bulls defenders at the goal line, as visiting Hereford held on for a 28-25 victory.

"This whole game it seemed like we were coming back from adversity," Hereford coach Steve Turnbaugh said. "[The defense] sucked it up and made the play when they had to make it."

Hereford improves to 4-0, while Perry Hall drops to 3-1.

Hereford was up 28-17 with 3:43 left in the fourth quarter, but Perry Hall refused to go away. Lang led a 10-play drive in just 1:45, capped by a 15-yard touchdown pass to Devon Rainey. A two-point conversion pass from Lang to Dave Stinebaugh made it 28-25.

The Gators recovered an onside kick and marched down the field again. Perry Hall had a first-and-goal from the 4, but was unable to break through the Hereford defensive front.

"This is a group that keeps it interesting, especially in big games," Turnbaugh said. "You can never relax."

Hereford used a balanced running attack. Quarterback Tyler Brown totaled 131 yards on just five carries, mostly on option keepers. Running back Eric Hemmeter had 18 carries for 86 yards and two touchdowns, and running back Lonnie Liggins added 82 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.

Brown's best run came in the second quarter, where he got through a hole and scampered 68 yards for Hereford's first touchdown.

"Our offensive line does a tremendous job," Turnbaugh said. "Tyler Brown is a magician with the option and we give a player of the game each week, and he certainly got it."

Stinebaugh provided most of the plays for the Gators. He took a reverse handoff 22 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, executed a perfect hook-and-ladder play with Rainey for 38 yards in the second quarter to set up a field goal and caught a 27-yard pass from Lang in the third quarter.

stefen.lovelace@baltsun.com

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