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Cadets parry Lancers

October 09, 2004|by BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

FREDERICK, Md. - After big games, most coaches love to talk about the science of football.

Frederick's Vince Ahearn broke the mold. Instead, he led a rendition of "Let's Hear It For the Boys."

"There is a saying that you hear at clinics all the time 'It ain't the Xs and Os, it's the Jimmys and Joes,'" he said. "We coaches can go in and draw it all up, but it's the players on the field that make all the difference."

Frederick's Jimmys weren't slim and its Joes were far from ordinary as the No. 1 Cadets stood up to defending Class 3A champion Linganore and put the Lancers in their place Friday for an emotional 13-3 victory in the MVAL Chesapeake.

In a game laced with hard hits, big plays and numerous fumbles, Frederick (6-0, 2-0) pulled the Jims and Joes together to keep up with the Joneses in the Class 3A playoff race. The Cadets scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns - a Bruce Dorsey run and a Peter Malamet reception - to announce themselves as playoff contenders after a number of years of struggling.

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"I think we made mistakes and had turnovers and weren't doing the little things well, but we didn't lay down," Ahearn said. "Both teams gave everything. We really have a lot of respect for Linganore."

Frederick earned a lot of respect back in the second half.

After playing a scoreless first half, Linganore (3-3, 2-1) opened the second half by taking the opening kickoff by driving for a first down inside the Frederick 1. On three consecutive plays, Linganore quarterback Mike Herrod, fullback Matt Castor and running back Jon Sweadner were thrown for 2-yard losses.

The Lancers were forced to settle for a 25-yard field goal by Brad Zimmerman.

"Our defense has been getting better every week," Ahearn said. "(Coaches are) on the sidelines calling the defenses, but it's a chess match. The kids did a fantastic job getting penetration and the biggest thing we got out of it was confidence."

On the first and second play, we moved them back and then it was like rats on cheese. It turned into an emotional high."

Frederick answered after forcing the first of two Castor second-half fumbles. The Cadets ended the quarter by driving to the 6. On the first snap of the fourth quarter, quarterback Cory Rhodes rolled left on an option and was hit behind the line of scrimmage. After being twisted around, Rhodes landed seated on the Linganore tackler, ruled not officially down.

He pitched the ball to Dorsey, who skirted left end for a 6-yard score and a 6-3 lead.

"It was a regular option play," Dorsey said. "I saw him going down and he made eye contact with me and just pitched the ball."

In turn, Rhodes had the best seat in the house to watch Dorsey score.

"Coach always tells us to play until we hear a whistle," said Rhodes, who hit 13 of 18 passes for 142 yards and rushed for another 34. "I didn't hear a whistle, so I pitched the ball."

Frederick's defense continued to control Linganore's offense and forced the Lancers into numerous mistakes - five fumbles (two lost) and a game-ending interception. Castor bulled for 117 yards on 26 carries, but was kept out of the end zone.

The Cadets, who only outgained Linganore 282-252, capped the game with a diverse drive featuring Rhodes and Dorsey, who had 102 yards on 16 carries. Rhodes capped the drive by rolling to the right and finding Malamet running across the front of the end zone for a 4-yard score.

"It's not what coach's teach, it's what the kids learn," Ahern said. "It's not how much coaches know, it's what the kids know."

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