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Cadets upset Lions

October 05, 2003|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

FREDERICK, Md. - Another good reason why they play the game between the lines.

No. 2 Walkersville, averaging 32 points per game with a devastating offense through four games, was a prohibitive favorite entering Saturday's clash against No. 7 Frederick, which claimed Middletown as one of its victims in the first four weeks.

The Cadets spotted Walkersville an early 7-0 lead and then controlled the remainder of the battle to post a 10-7 upset victory over the Lions at Cadet Stadium.

"This win is by far bigger than the Middletown win was," quarterback Cory Rhodes said after guiding the Frederick offense through 305 yards of total offense.

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The Cadets' swarming defense, which coach Vince Ahearn said "is beginning to have some fun with stunts and blitzes," held the potent Lions to 197 total yards and only 99 on the ground.

Nearly one-third of that total came on Walkersville's first possession, when the Lions marched 62 yards with Antoine Crawford dashing 21 yards to the end zone with 5:50 to play in the opening period.

Frederick controlled the game from that point on. The Cadets ran 25 plays to nine for Walkersville in the first quarter.

Walkersville's first turnover came at the outset of the second when quarterback Dave Berry had a pass intercepted by Anthony Blackwood at the Cadet 49-yard line.

After two passes, Rhodes dropped back and looked off his primary target left and then hooked up with a streaking Bill Gross down the right side for a 46-yard score.

Both teams traded lost fumbles the remainder of the half before things got interesting in the second half.

Walkersville held Frederick at its own 1-yard line after a field goal by the Cadets' Andrew Goodwin was voluntarily taken off the board due to a Lions' penalty.

Frederick allowed nothing to Walkersville and took over again at the Lions' 28 following a 10-yard punt return by Brian Lanning.

Again, the Cadets were forced to settle for a 24-yard field goal by Goodwin. However, Walkersville again was penalized and the Cadets stayed on offense - taking three more points off the board - before the Lions again held at the goal line.

This time, with 10:02 remaining in the fourth, Goodwin split the uprights from 18 yards out to take the lead.

Walkersville had three more possessions with good field position, but the Cadets were up to the task defensively, including key sacks by Tommy Prazenica and Dallas Pryor and an interception by Wiley Bradley.

"We are beginning to see where we are at," said Ahearn, who coached a second straight game from the press box for a "better view."

"This is the second game in a row that our defense has come up big," Rhodes said. "And our offensive line went out and played big time today."

Rhodes was 12 of 24 passing for 166 yards, while Bruce Dorsey rushed 25 times for 70 yards.

Crawford carried the ball 15 times for 63 yards for Walkersville.

"Our defense stood up with goal-line stands but it wasn't enough," said Walkersville coach Hal Grau. "We made some mistakes and Frederick made the plays when they had to. We don't expect to be held under 200 yards. We just didn't make 'em today."

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