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Win completes first perfect regular season in 30 years in Carroll Co.

November 08, 2008|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to The Baltimore Sun

Century coach Tony Shermeyer admittedly was nervous after a first half last night in which his unbeaten team was manhandled by Carroll County rival Liberty.

After going the entire first half without a first down, however, the No. 13 Knights decided to open their offensive playbook, and by game's end they had opened a new chapter in the county's sports history book.

Century scored four second-half touchdowns, including a key 69-yard kickoff return by Luke Wright, to rally for a 34-17 home win, completing the county's first perfect regular season in 30 years.

"We couldn't get anything going offensively in the first half," said Shermeyer, whose team ran just nine offensive plays in the half. "I walked in the locker room and said, 'Do we need to spread it out?' The guys said, 'Yep, let's spread it out.' Then things opened up for us."

The win gave Century (10-0), which already had clinched a county title, the Monocacy Valley Athletic League's Blue Ridge Conference title. The Knights also locked up the top seed in Class 2A, West, setting up a rematch with Liberty in next week's opening round.

In doing so, they became just the second team in Carroll County history to finish the regular season 10-0, and the first since North Carroll in 1978.

All this after being outgained by the Lions in first half and trailing 10-7 heading into the break.

"We moved to the shotgun and started passing, and they couldn't stop us," Wright said. "We've been down before ... and came back, so the whole team thought we could [do it again]."

Led by quarterback Josh Bordner, Century gained 223 yards in the second half, mounting scoring drives of 66, 62 and 60 yards. Just as critical was Wright's 69-yard kickoff return down the right sideline, moments after Liberty (7-3) had pulled to within four at 21-17 early in the fourth quarter.

Things looked good for Century early, when linebacker Cory Anderlik picked off Geoffrey Suddath's swing pass and returned 35 yards untouched for a touchdown.

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