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High School Football: Spartans overwhelm Panthers

September 08, 2012|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

CUMBERLAND, Md. — The Hancock and Bishop Walsh football teams are not likely to exchange Christmas card pleasantries this season.

Personal fouls were assessed on each side of the field on late hits late in the third quarter, and tempers started to rise with players jawing at one another.

After Liam Rhodes’ 32-yard catch-and-run play from quarterback Brandon Reed gave Bishop Walsh a 53-14 lead, enough was enough. Game officials terminated the preceedings with 5:37 left to play, despite a running clock that was already in fast-forward motion.

“We were just overrun today,” said Hancock coach Dave Mahaffey. “And, at no time today did they ever turn off the heat.”

Hancock (0-2) was in the game early, thanks to the legs of Jesse Wolford.

Bishop Walsh (2-0) marched 61 yards on its openeing drive, with Bill Conroy scoring from 19 yards out — the first of his three touchdowns.

But Jesse Wolford swerved his way in and around several Spartans defenders and went 72 yards for a touchdown. Afer a failed PAT attempt, the  game was knotted at 6 with 9:31 left the first period.

The Spartans came right back with a 65-yard drive — all on the ground until the final 24 yards. Rhodes went up high over two Hancock defenders to snare a 15-yard scoring strike with 5:25 left in the opening quarter.

Wolford then got dinged up on the next Panthers possession, in which he carried four times.

“(Jesse) got beat up on the hip running a sweep,” said Mahaffey. “When you can’t use (Jesse), that just makes us more limited in personnel.”

Bishop Walsh took control early in the second quarter, starting with a foiled Hancock punt snap that went out of the end zone for a 16-6 lead.

Two more scores — a 23-yard run by Conroy and 20-yard pass from McGraw to Rhodes — made it 32-6.

But the Panthers, with the help of a Spartans turnover, scored with 2 seconds remaining in the half when McKinley finished off a drive on a 2-yard burst into the end zone.

Still within earshot trailing 32-14, Hancock forgot to play defense on special teams and McGraw whittled his way 72 yards for a touchdown.

“We overran their runners all game,” said Mahaffey. “That leads to a lot of missed tackles. We’ve just got to come out, tackle better and play better pass defense.”

Conroy had 162 yards on 13 carries for Bishop Walsh.

Bishop Walsh 53, Hancock 14
Hancock    6    8    0    0    —    14
Bishop Walsh    14    25    8    6    —    53
First Quarter
BW—Billy Conroy 19 (run failed)
H—Jesse Wolford 72 kickoff return (pass failed)
BW—Liam Rhodes 5 pass from Terrell McGraw (Trenton Swan run)
Second Quarter
BW—Safety, punt snap out of end zone
BW—Conroy 23 run (run good)
BS—Rhodes 20 pass fro McGraw (Swan run)
H—Hunter McKinley 2 run (Jordan Keffer pass from McKinley)
BW—McGraw 72 kickoff return (Logan Taley kick)
Third Quarter
BW—Conroy 66 run (Rhodes pass)
Fourth Quarter
BW–Rhodes 32 pass from Brandon Reed (kick failed)
    Han    BW
First downs    13    14
Rushes-yards    28-71    34-243
Passing yards     106    109
Comp-Att-Int.    7-18-4    7-9-0
Totals yards    177    352
Fumbles-Lost    1-1    2-2
Punts-Avg.    1-33.0    1-47.0
Penalties-yards    6-37    6-32
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING—Hancock, Wolford 7-26, Faith 6-6, McKinley 10-17, Mitchell 2--9, Sipe 1-13, Manning 1-1. Souders 1-1; Bishop Walsh, Conroy 13-162, McGraw 9-53, Swan 4-41, Berry 2-25, Fraser 1-14, Reed 3-(minus 11), Rhodes 1-4.
PASSING—Hancock, McKinley, 7-18-106-4; Bishop Walsh, McGraw 7-9-77-0, Reed 2-3-32-0.
RECEIVING—Hancock, Keefer 5-56, Mitchell 3-22, Faith 1-18; Bishop Walsh, Rhodes 6-94, Reed 1-15.

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