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Lapse in Blazers' 'D' costs them in opener

September 06, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

CLEAR SPRING -- After cutting the lead to 12-8 in the waning minutes of the first half, Clear Spring allowed Baltimore Lutheran to score as the first-half clock expired and it set the tone for a 32-14 defeat in the season opener -- the Blazers' 18th straight setback.

"That was a big play," Clear Spring coach Craig Bathgate said when discussing the 21-yard scoring pass from Baltimore Lutheran senior quarterback Billy Seymour to receiver Cody Chamberlain.

Faced with a 12-0 deficit, Clear Spring closed the gap on Ken Bosic's 1-yard run with 2:08 remaining in the first half. The Blazers added a two-point conversion on quarterback Andy Jarvis' perfect throw to Austin Allman in the right corner of the end zone.

Not to be denied, Baltimore Lutheran (1-1) retaliated with a four-play drive, culminated by Seymour's strike to Chamberlain in the left corner of the end zone as the first half expired.

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"We made some defensive mistakes in the first half, and that late touchdown there in the second quarter definitely was a factor in the outcome," Bathgate said. "They had some speedy running backs and their sweeps hurt us early on before we made the adjustments."

Baltimore Lutheran scored the first 14 points of the second half to increase its lead to 32-8 before Clear Spring scored the game's final touchdown when Jarvis and Jordan Lavender connected on a 75-yard scoring pass with 1:35 remaining in the contest.

"The running backs (James Mills and Bosic) did a nice job and D.J. Harrison had an outstanding game on defense. He's only a sophomore. We just have to learn from this game and move on," Bathgate said. "I saw some things out there I liked. Other areas need improvement."

Bathgate was pleased with the "14" on the scoreboard -- especially when considering the Blazers were shut out seven times in 2007, including the last four games.

"Two touchdowns, that's an improvement," Bathgate said.

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