DePaola carries load for Hereford

class 3a north final

November 22, 2008|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to The Baltimore Sun

Snowy travel delayed Milford Mill's arrival at last night's Class 3A North regional final at Hereford.

Once the Millers arrived, however, the No. 7 Bulls proceeded to run them off the road.

Nick DePaola rushed for 197 yards and three touchdowns, helping Hereford overcome an early deficit with 41 straight points in a 41-14 win.

Hereford (10-2), a state finalist last season, advances to next weekend's Class 3A state semifinals.

The Bulls, who have won eight straight games, are in search of their first state title since 2002.

To move on, Hereford dominated a team it had rallied to beat by just one point last month. Down 7-0 in this one, however, the Bulls simply took over, winning battles on the offensive line, breaking arm tackles and powering their way to a rout.

Hereford gained 237 yards of offense in the second quarter alone, including 188 on the ground, scoring touchdowns on four consecutive drives.

DePaola took center stage, averaging nearly 10 yards on his 20 carries.

Neil Deluca, David Wood and Hasani Cromwell also scored for the Bulls, who rushed for more than 400 yards.

The Millers (9-3), meanwhile, managed little on offense after driving 70 yards on 14 plays on their opening possession.

The game started 35 minutes late because of poor road conditions that delayed Milford Mill.

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