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Bears' fast start is key to victory

November 15, 2002|by JACK HILL III

HALFWAY - Sixth grader Colby McCauley made sure that his Williamsport Bears got off to a good start Thursday night by dashing to the left side for a 60-yard touchdown run on the very first play of the game.

That touchdown set the tone and the Bears proceeded to build a comfortable halftime lead.

The Bears then contained a comeback effort by the Hagerstown Dolphins in the second half to pull out a 25-18 win in the championship game for the Washington County Junior Football League at Martin L. Snook Memorial Park.

"I just went through the hole and took off running," McCauley said. "I didn't look back. It felt very good, because we got off to a good start."

It appeared that McCauley had another long touchdown run a couple of minutes later, but it was called back because of a holding penalty. It turned out to be a 62-yard run by McCauley that enabled the Bears to have the ball on the Dolphins' 15-yard line. A few plays later, Matthew Campbell had a 2-yard touchdown run through the middle to extend the Bears' lead to 12-0.

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McCauley rushed for 139 yards on eight carries and Campbell added 65 yards on 18 carries for the Bears.

Dameatric Scott had a 15-yard touchdown run to help the Dolphins trim the lead to 12-6.

The Bears then scored 13 points in the second quarter. Dylan Zimmerman had a 4-yard touchdown run and McCauley threw a conversion pass to Daniel Pulieri. Bradley Hewitt then fired a 33-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Scott.

"We have been working hard all year, and this goes from the smallest kid to the largest kid," Williamsport coach Roy Palmer said. "We have had a good running game all year. Our offensive line has just busted open the holes all year long."

The Dolphins had a pair of 55-yard touchdown runs in the fourth quarter to slice the deficit to 25-18. Dameatric Scott had the first score and Marcellus Sumlin added the seconde.

The Bears got possession and ran out the clock.

Sumlin gained 137 rushing yards on 11 carries and made 10 tackles, while Dameatric Scott added 88 yards on four carries for the Dolphins.

"Our kids played some good hard-nosed football in the second half," Hagerstown coach Craig Robinson said. "We just ran out of time. We were only down by seven points at the end of the game."

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