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Walkersville outscores South on gridiron

October 07, 2000

Walkersville outscores South on gridiron



By BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer


WALKERSVILLE, Md. - Walkersville had the chance to enjoy the post-Homecoming fireworks show on Friday.

It's only because the Lions dropped the bomb just five minutes earlier.

Walkersville avoided near a catastrophe of squandering a 21-point lead in a 12-minute span when quarterback Jeremy Fellows hit Shawn Kirmani with a 23-yard scoring pass with 1 minute, 37 seconds remaining to lift the Lions to a 27-22 victory over South Hagerstown.

With the option offense rendered useless, South's defense scored two touchdowns and then forced a sixth fumble to set up a go-ahead fourth down touchdown pass from Domonique Richmond to Mike Lee to grab a 22-21 lead with 2:38 remaining.

Walkersville abandoned their trademark running game and took to the air, marching downfield - with the help of the second of two controversial pass interference penalties - to get the winning score. Kirmani circled unnoticed in the end zone to pull in what proved to be the winning score.

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"We spend a fair amount of time working on our passing game,' Walkersville coach Hal Grau said. "Tonight was the night it paid up for us. Being able to throw makes other teams play us more honest. They made good adjustments to shut us down and our turnovers hurt us, but we weathered the storm."

South's storm front kicked up after Walkersville took a 21-0 lead on the strength of touchdown runs of 3 and 4 yards by Cory Hoffman, who had 176 yards rushing, and an 8-yard burst by Pat Calloway.

The Rebels' offense was almost nonexistent in the first half and struggled in the second half. The defense made up for the lapses.

First, Nick Maas intercepted a Fellows' pass and returned it 59 yards for South's first score with one-tenth of a second left in the third quarter. Then, the Rebels stripped Calloway of the ball at the Walkersville 15. The ball rolled to the 8 where Tommy Gibson kicked it while trying to pick it up before falling on it in the end zone. Richmond scrambled for the conversion to bring the Rebels within 21-14 with 5:28 remaining.

"I don't know what it was, but they found something at halftime," South coach Greg Kellick said, of his team's rally. "Our defense has played well all year - even though it doesn't look like it with 27 points on the board. The kids didn't quit and the defense carried us. We have a lot of offensive weapons, but we're not shooting the guns."

South went ahead on the ensuing kickoff, forcing Scott Beaver to fumble at the Lion 20 on the second play of their drive. Richmond scrambled to hit Lee on a 7-yard TD pass on a fourth-and-5 play and followed by dancing in for the conversion to give the Rebels (3-2, 3-1) the lead with 2:38 remaining.

South's defense held Walkersville to just 32 yards rushing in the second half, but the Lions' passing game ended up pulling out the game.

"There was an awful lot of action for the last 15 minutes," Grau said.

Walkersville 27, South 22


S. Hagerstown00616-22

Walkersville01386-27

W - Cory Hoffman 3 run (Jason Abbott kick)

W - Pat Calloway 8 run (kick blocked)

W - Hoffman 4 run (Calloway pass from Jeremy Fellows)

SH - Nick Maas 59 interception return (kick failed)

SH - Tommy Gibson 8 fumble return (Domonique Richmond run)

SH - Mike Lee 4 pass from Richmond (Richmond run)

W - Shawn Kirmani 23 pass from Fellows (pass failed)

SHW

First downs1219

Rushes-yards38-12547-200

Passing yards9186

Comp-att.-int.6-18-14-15-1

Total offense56-21662-286

Fumbles-lost5-36-3

Punts-avg.4-29.04-38.2

Penalties-yards9-736-58

Records - South Hagerstown 3-2, 3-1; Walkersville 2-3, 2-2.

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