Howard rallies to late win

Kalski throws for 2 TDs in 21-point second half to catch Wilde Lake

Howard 21 No. 10 Wilde Lake 14

October 28, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Reporter

Howard gave its fans a homecoming to remember yesterday by scoring three unanswered touchdowns in the second half to upset No. 10 Wilde Lake, 21-14.

Down 14-0 at the half after the Wildecats (6-2) scored two first-quarter touchdowns after turnovers, the Lions (7-1) rallied to clinch their first playoff berth since 1999. Both teams are in the Class 3A East region.

Senior quarterback Jeff Kalski threw 10-yard touchdown passes to Jeff Javier and Sam Bradley in the third and fourth quarters, and Dionte Jones' 6-yard touchdown run capped the comeback with 4:43 remaining.

"We just talked about opportunity at the half," Howard coach Al Feldblum said. "We talked about not making mistakes and giving them a short field, because that's the only way they scored. In the second half they gave us a short field.

"Our guys made plays in the second half. Emotion is a great thing, isn't it? When kids start playing with intensity and passion, it's just contagious."

Wilde Lake got touchdown runs from Ashton Hayes (14 yards) and quarterback Danny March (three yards) in the first quarter. Fumble recoveries by Cody Blue and Peter Ndiang set up the scores against a Howard team that seemed flat.

That all changed at the start of the second half, as Kalski directed a 13-play, 53-yard drive that resulted in his first touchdown pass.

A fumble recovery by Mark Covington at the Wilde Lake 12 set up the Lions' second score, and a 41-yard punt return by Taylor Landrum set up the game-winner by Jones.

"Now we can look forward to our homecoming dance, baby," Jones said. "We went out in the second half with our heads right. I couldn't do it without my line that made it happen for us."

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