Ceremonies bring in Jr. League season

September 04, 2000

Ceremonies bring in Jr. League season

By MIKE SIRBAUGH / Staff Writer

It is fitting that 2000 is the 35th year of the Washington County Junior Football League.

Opening Ceremonies for the season took on a different light yesterday when the Hagerstown Steelers retired Brandon Shrader's No. 35, who played for the Steelers last year. Shrader was killed in an automobile accident on August 18.

After a very emotional tribute to Brandon, opening day began and slowly took the shape of the kind of game that Shrader loved, hard-hitting, big play football.

Williamsport Vikings 48, Hancock Raiders 0

Eighth-grader Michael Adams scored the very first time he touched the ball, breaking off right tackle and bouncing outside. He broke through one tackle and streaked down the right sideline for 65 yards and a 6-0 lead in the first quarter.


Adams later scored on a very similar play that went for 49 yards and a TD. He finished with 134 yards on five carries and tacked on an interception on defense.

The Vikings also got two rushing scores from Terrail Blair, of six and nine yards, and an interception. Blair finished with 57 yards on eight carries.

Joseph Saunders rambled 19 yards, crashing through the Raiders' front line, for the Vikings' final score. But the Vikings also put the ball in the air.

Ryan Lee tossed a 25 yard scoring strike to Tony Johnson and Bryan Parlett hauled in a Chad Bikle pass for six yards and a score.

Hagerstown Dolphins 52, Hagerstown Steelers 20

The fans watching the contest between the Dolphins and Steelers may have been more comfortable with their heads on swivels. The scoring came fast and furious with 58 points being scored in the first half alone.

Dameatric Scott began the assault on the end zone on the second play of the game. On second and seven, he took the ball wide left and never looked back. That set the tone for the Dolphins attack.

After the Steelers were four-plays-and-out, the Dolphin B-Team gave the older boys good field position at the Steeler 39 with a fourth-and-two situation.

After a first down, Quintez McDonald took the handoff off left, tackle, bounced outside and streaked 34 yards and the score.

The Steelers answered eight plays later with a 61-yard touchdown toss from Doug Jones to Quielan Gantt and kicked for the two-point conversion to cut the lead to 12-8.

The Dolphins fumbled on their very next play and the Steelers capitalized on the turnover. Jones went to the well again and passed to Gantt for 25 yards and a touchdown for a 14-12 lead.

It took the Dolphins exactly two plays to regain the lead for good. Two penalties gave them a second-and-26 from their own 26-yard line. Scott took another pitch to the left and raced 73 yards for his second touchdown.

Then The Dolphin defense joined in the excitement. Marcellus Sumlin picked off a pass from Daniel Jacobs and returned it 25 yards for a 26-14 score.

The Steelers roared back with an eight-play, 60-yard drive that finished with a 16-yard touchdown run by Brent Toms that brought them to within 26-20.

The Dolphins closed out the first half with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Robbie Thompson to McDonald to make the score 38-20.

In the third quarter, James Jackson scored on a reverse to the left from eight yards out and McDonald took another long distance jaunt for 67 yards and a touchdown. McDonald finished 235 yards on 11 carries.

Hagerstown Browns 13, Smithsburg Jets 6

The Browns and defending champion Jets put on a good, old-fashioned display of hard-nosed football.

The Browns drove down to the jet 35-yard line before fumbling the ball away. The Jets took over on their own 40-yard line and methodically moved the ball down the field with 13 running plays and one pass.

Dustin Slavens, who has gotten in only two practices after recovering from a broken hand, carried seven times on the drive for 39 yards, bulling in for the final yard and the game's first score.

It would turn out to be the only one the jets would get as the Browns defense stiffened up and took control of the game.

The Browns didn't make it onto the scoreboard until the third quarter. The Jets turned the ball over on downs on their own 31-yard line and the Browns wasted little time.

Vernon Valentine carried three times for 18 yards and quarterback Mark Dattilio carried for eight yards to set up the A-Team. Ronald Jackson carried that momentum the final 10 yards into the end zone to knot the score at 6-6.

After Christopher Bumbaugh threw to Jackson for 14 yards and Bumbaugh sneaked up the middle for five yards and a first down at their own 42, the third quarter ended. The Browns' B-Team again set the table for the A-Team to the final quarter.

Valentin, Ross Carpenter, Stephen McDaniel and Dattilio combined to rush for 29 yards. When the A-Team returned, A.J. Bandeff busted up the middle twice, the second time for 22 yards dragging one tackler along, to score the go-ahead touchdown. Bandeff carried six times in the fourth quarter for 54 yards.

Smithsburg Patriots 18, Hagerstown Redskins 13

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