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Musselman's Brock uses kick to give Fort Hill the boot

October 05, 1998|By MARK KELLER

Musselman's Brock uses kick to give Fort Hill the boot

CIUMBERLAND, Md. - The Musselman Applemen crafted a perfect set of bookends in their biggest game of the season Saturday night.

A scoring drive to open the game, a scoring drive to close the game and a win over a perennial Maryland state powerhouse.

Chad Brock's 37-yard field goal with 11 seconds remaining lifted the Applemen to a 10-7 win over Fort Hill before nearly 8,000 fans at Greenway Avenue Stadium.

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Brock's kick from the left hash mark had distance to spare and set off a wild celebration on the Musselman sideline and in the stands.

But for Brock, it was business as usual.

"I was nervous as heck, but there really wasn't much pressure,'' the sophomore said. "If I miss it, we go into overtime.''

Musselman's final drive began at their own 23-yard-line with 3:36 left. The Applemen got a big play from Todd Mosby on third-and-long and a 1-yard lunge by Trevor Shade on fourth and one to keep the drive going.

An 11-yard pass from Brian Bowers to Matt Moneypenny, the Applemen's only completion of the night, produced another first down and Shade broke through the middle for nine yards to the 20 to set up Brock.

"We have confidence in him. He hit a 47-yarder in a JV game, so we knew we were in range,'' coach Denny Price said. "This young man knows what he can do. And we trust him.''

Musselman's quickness on defense forced Fort Hill coach Mike Calhoun to alter his game plan to a degree. The Sentinels normally do most of their damage on the ground. But they took to the air early Saturday. Fort Hill ran 26 plays from scrimmage in the first half - 13 running, 13 passing, an unusual balance for the Sentinels.

"It's just something that kind of happened,'' Calhoun said. "They fly the football and fly at the receivers. It's something we thought we had to do early. And with the rain, we weren't sure how the conditions would be later on.''

The Applemen took the opening kickoff and drove 61 yards for the game's first score. Shade shouldered most of the load, carrying eight times for 43 yards. But on second and goal from the 9, Kevin Dingus got the call on an option pitch and put Musselman on the scoreboard.

Fort Hill's first drive appeared to come to an early end when Jason Spiker picked off Nick Pennel's first pass. Spiker made the interception at the Fort HIll 32, ran across the field and fumbled after being hit at the 18. Jordan Hamilton jumped on the ball just before it went out of bounds to give possession back to the Sentinels.

Fort Hill still barely got into Musselman territory and ended up having to punt.

The Sentinels had an opportunity fall just short on the final play of the first half. Pennel lofted a pass to Hamilton, who caught it in stride at the 10 and got all the way to the Musselman 2 before being brought down as time ran out.

"That's a shame he didn't get in there,'' Calhoun said. "It was a great play on Jordan's part, but there again they had four or five guys on the ball. They have such good team speed, and Denny did a great job coaching.''

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