took in the ball at the Falcon 25 and ran in for the
44-yard touchdown play with 7:54 left in the first quarter.
Vince Lai's kick was good.
Fort Hill took over at the Falcon 38 after Snyder returned
a punt from the Sentinel 45. Wilson pounded away at
the huge (seriously) Overlea front with runs of three,
five, 16, six, and seven, before Beal busted over from
one yard out with 3:10 showing in the quarter. The pass
on conversion failed, and Fort Hill led 13-0.
Sentinels next took the ball on the Falcon 47 with 55
seconds left in the quarter. On first down, tight end
Jim Furstenberg took the ball on the end-around and
rambled 41 yards down to the six. After a touchdown
pass to Terry Zacharias was nullified because of illegal
motion, Brode hit Snyder from the 11 with a bullet on
a quick look-in right. Snyder made a typical Snyder
catch at the one, with an Overlea defender all over
the 11:12 mark, on fourth and goal from the one, Beal
plowed over for his second touchdown of the day. The
Sentinels went for two, with Brode rolling right to
hit Kevin Holderby in the end zone. 21-0.
did move the ball from its 27 out to its 48 on six plays,
but the Falcons then punted. With 8:51 left in the half,
the Sentinels began their next scoring drive from their
26. The big plays were pass interference on Overlea,
a 12-yard pass from Brode to Snyder, and a 28-yard run
by Beal. After Brode picked up a first down and moved
the ball to the Falcon five with a six-yard gain on
fourth and three, Wilson went over left guard with 6:24
left in the half for six. Lai's kick was partially blocked
after a high snap, but skidded over the crossbar anyway.
Fort Hill's fifth possession of the game, the Sentinels
took over at their 48 with 4:33 left in the half. Brode
hit Snyder underneath for 10, and then picked up eight
more on a run. Wilson gained seven, and Beal four on
two carries. From the 14, it was Furstenberg again on
the end-around for 13 more. And with 1:27 left in the
half, Wilson dove over from one yard out to make it
34-0. Lai's kick made it 35-0.
about 16 seconds left in the half, Lance Steckman picked
off a Johnson pass and returned it to the 25. But a
Fort Hill clip on the return moved it back to the Overlea
49. With time running out, Brode sent Snyder on a fly
pattern down the left sideline. The senior quarterback
then put up a picture-perfect spiral that Snyder hauled
in at the two. One-step, two-step, touchdown Fort Hill
with two seconds left in the half.
kick was no good and the Sentinels led at the half,
you're down 41-0 at the half, what do you say to a 10-0
team that gave up just 51 points the entire season?
Johnson didn't know either.
final Sentinel score came on the third possession of
the half when Wilson and Beal took turns running the
ball from the Fort Hill 47 to the Overlea two. With
7:51 left in the third quarter, Wilson scored from the
two, and Lai's kick made it 48-0.
Johnson did find a silver lining after the game, however."An
old Shepherd boy won though, didn't he?"
and Fort Hill coach Mike Calhoun both are Shepherd graduates.
said, "I don't think that league Overlea is in
can compare to the caliber of football played in Western
Maryland. But I think the lack of emphasis makes it
that way. I kind of saw this coming when we read that
Franklin lost to South River, 28-0. Franklin and Overlea
played to an 8-7 game."
the most pleased with the way our team was away from
home and understood what had to be done. We had a good
trip, and relaxed the whole way. But when they got up
this morning, they were going to play."
Sentinels will be away from home again this week in
the semifinals. Any preferences for the opponent? Frederick,
a team that beat Fort Hill 14-7 this year? Or maybe
McDonough, the defending Class A champ, which eliminated
Fort Hill last year?
take either of them right now," said Calhoun. "We're
tickled to be in the semifinals. If we play like we're
playing now - mistake-free football - we can win this
Hill is 9-2 and has now won seven in a row.