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Dolphins end Vikings' 8-year run

November 09, 1999|By MIKE SIRBAUGH

There WILL be a new champion in the Washington County Junior Football League this season.

After the Smithsburg Jets soared to a 41-7 first round playoff victory over the Hagerstown Browns, the Hagerstown Dolphins scored a major upset by beating the unbeaten and eight-time defending champion Williamsport Vikings, 14-6.

The Jets (9-1) meet the Dolphins (6-3) next Monday in the championship game. The Vikings (9-1) and Browns (6-3) will play in the consolation.

In the first game, the Jets jumped on top quickly with the aid of their defense. After the Jets recovered a fumble. Ryan Chaney took a handoff and rambled 43 yards for the opening score.

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Off another Browns turnover, David Barnhart completed a 7-play, 54-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run for a 14-0 lead. Zachary Kieffer ran 13 yards around right end for another Jets score, and later, Gerry Spessard intercepted a Browns' pass and then caught a pass from Mullen on the very next play for a 40-yard touchdown.

"That pass was a big play," Kendall said. "Shawn had the presence of mind to wait for Gerry to come open."

In the second game, Kyle Robinson scored the Dolphins' first touchdown on a 1-foot plunge and picked off three Viking passes, just missing a fourth in the closing minutes of the game.

"I was really worried (about the Dolphins)," said Vikings coach Doug Fowler. "I saw how they played against the Jets last week."

The Dolphins' B-Team set the tone for the ballgame by setting up the first score and taking it in themselves on the second.

On their first drive, they controlled the ball, driving from their own 40 yard line to the Vikings 13 before giving the ball to Robinson for his score.

On the Dolphins' second score, Marcellus Sumlin finished out a drive by taking a hand-off outside left, made an outside move, then an inside move, and carried two tacklers over the goal line.

The Vikings got a 1-yard score from Dustin Bachtell with 1:40 remaining in the game, but couldn't get another score.

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