Hereford romps over Parkville

Liggins scores 3 touchdowns to ignite 27-point first half

No. 9 Hereford 44 No. 8 Parkville 23


October 13, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun reporter

It was a rousing homecoming at Hereford last night as the Bulls romped, 44-23, over Parkville in a Baltimore County Class 4A-3A matchup in front of an overflow crowd.

The No. 9 Bulls remained unbeaten at 6-0 overall and 5-0 in the league, dropping the No. 8 Knights to 5-1, 4-1. Hereford knocked off Perry Hall, 28-25, a couple of weeks ago and has taken control of the 4A-3A League the way it dominated the county's 2A-1A competition until its re-classification to 3A this season. The Bulls won eight 2A-1A titles beginning in 1996 under coach Steve Turnbaugh.

Last night Lonnie Liggins, who carried 11 times for 61 yards, scored three touchdowns in the first half on runs of 15, 13 and 2 yards as the Bulls raced to a commanding 27-7 lead.

Liggins (13 touchdowns on the season) said the Bulls had something to prove last night.

"We beat a team that was ranked higher than us, and their No. 3 was one of the best running backs I've seen," Liggins said of Parkville's Ian Sadon, who carried for a game-high 121 yards on 22 attempts and scored a touchdown.

"I was up for the challenge. My coaches told me to be ready, so they would see who the best running back in Baltimore County is. I said I was going to score at least three touchdowns, and that's what I did. We knew we had to step it up in the 4A-3A."

Jason Fischer caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Brown and returned an interception 31 yards for the Bulls' final score in the fourth quarter. D.J. Wacker scored the other touchdown for Hereford on a 3-yard dive.

Parkville opened the game with an impressive drive from its 20-yard line to Hereford's 31 before giving up the ball on downs. The Bulls went down the field in six plays, highlighted by Brown's 44-yard dash to the 15. Liggins took it in from there, and the rout was on.

The Knights also started the second half well, as Sadon recovered a fumble at the Hereford 39 and seven plays later C.J. Bianchi plunged over from the 1 to give them some hope. It was later dashed on Wacker's score to make it 34-15.

"Hereford is a great team, but we thought we could do some things. But it didn't work out," Parkville coach John Marquette said. "It got away from us in the second quarter. They kind of blew the doors open."

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