Panthers' running wears out Knights

Undefeated N. Carroll beats Century, 14-3

Football

October 06, 2007|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,Special to The Sun

North Carroll running back Eric Kunz knew before the season his team would be good. He just didn't know it would be this good.

The Panthers (5-0, 3-0) used their ground-based attack and larger line to defeat host Century, 14-3, in a Carroll County game last night.

"I knew in August that we were going to do a lot of good things this year," Kunz said. "I just didn't know we'd be as good as we are, though."

The Panthers are 5-0 for the first time since 1996.

"We can do what we need to do to win," Kunz said. "Our line proved themselves again tonight. They got the job done."

Kunz finished with 89 yards on 21 carries and one touchdown to lead the Panthers.

The Panthers mounted an impressive 83-yard drive on their second possession to take the lead. On third-and-six from the Century 24, quarterback Stefan Mitchell ran a bootleg around the right side of his line untouched into the end zone to give the Panthers a 7-0 lead with 10:51 left in the second quarter.

Century (2-3, 0-1) used a Panthers miscue to get its only points. On third-and-eight from the North Carroll 46, Century's Tony Groves blocked Mike MacFee's punt to set up the Knights at the Panthers' 38-yard line. Seven plays later, the Knights settled for J.P. Hudson's 27-yard field goal to cut the margin to 7-3 with 2:41 left in the first half.

Century was able to stay in the game as long as it did largely because of Luke Wright. He played quarterback, running back and receiver and gave the Panthers trouble early, but North Carroll's superior depth and size won out in the end.

In the fourth quarter, the Panthers moved the ball 69 yards -- all of it on the ground -- to put the game away.

The key play in the drive was a 15-yard run by Casey Mann, plus a 15-yard face-mask penalty at the end of the play. That gave North Carroll a first down at the 11-yard line. Kunz scored the clinching touchdown on a 1-yard run three players later with 5:58 left in the game.

Panthers coach Jeff Oeming was pleased with his team.

"I don't know if in August I thought we'd be 5-0, but they have had challenges this year and [have] overcome them," he said.

No. 9 Hereford 46, Franklin 19 -- The host Bulls (5-0) had 509 yards rushing and seven touchdowns to defeat the Indians. Hasani Cromwell led the team with 154 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries. Lonnie Liggins added 145 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries, and Tyler Brown had five carries, 104 yards and one touchdown.

Fallston 29, Edgewood 28 -- After David Ivory scored on a 3-yard run to bring the Cougars (3-2) within one, Garrett Weinhold put Fallston ahead with a conversion run. Weinhold's 35-yard pass to Matt Barile set up the scoring play. Ivory also had a 2-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown.

Northwestern 26, W.E.B. DuBois 7 -- Terrance West rushed for 172 yards on 15 carries to power the host Wildcats. West has totaled 1,055 yards rushing this season.

Poly 36, Douglass 19 -- Tyrae Reid and Antoine Goodson combined for 124 yards and three touchdowns to power the host Engineers (5-0).

Oakland Mills 43, Hammond 27 -- Justin Sottilaire completed 25 of 42 passes for 354 yards and a touchdown for the host Scorpions (1-4). He also rushed for four touchdowns.

Sun reporters contributed to this article.

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