Beal, Wilson Lead Fort Hill Over Cadets
Cumberland Times-News
September 12, 1987

In the beginning it looked as though both teams would score 40 points. But in the end, both were under 14 as the top-ranked Fort Hill Sentinels used a punishing tackle-to-tackle running attack and timely defense to defeat the Frederick Cadets, 13-7 before a capacity crowd at Cadet Stadium in Frederick.


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The Sentinels were paced by the running of fullback Eric Beal, who gained 114 yards on 17 carries; tailback C.G. Wilson, who gained 107 yards on 19 carries; and Jim Furstenberg, who picked up 71 yards on four tight end reverses.

The Sentinels pounded the ball in from 59 yards out on 13 plays in the first offensive series of the game to take a 7-0 lead as Chris Grapes carried it in from 12 on a beautiful option pitch from quarterback Craig Schisler. After Frederick tied the score on an Andre Henry nine-yard run, the Sentinels countered with an eight-play 67-yard drive to take the lead. Beal busted over from one yard out in the second quarter to give Fort Hill the lead.

From there the track meet turned into a tractor pull as the defenses adjusted to each other's offenses. Actually, Fort Hill had the ball several times deep in Frederick territory, but a costly penalty, a lost fumble and two halted drives kept the Sentinels off the board the rest of the way.

On the first scoring drive of the game, Wilson ran behind tackle Mark McConnell on the first two plays of the game to gain 14 and eight yards to put the ball on the Cadet 37. The Sentinels then pounded the ball down with the running of Schisler, Beal and Furstenberg to set up a first and ten from the 12.

Beal picked up seven on first, but two downs later, a holding call put the ball back to the 17. After Wilson picked up five, Schisler ran the option to his left, and at the last second, pitched it to Grapes, who darted in for the 12-yard touchdown. Steve Boggs' kick made it 7-0.

Schisler did a nice job on the option and in reading it," said Fort Hill coach Mike Calhoun. "We had a lead option and he read their corner, who was playing soft on him and ran five yards down the field before pitching to Grapes."

Frederick took over a the 29, but on third and seven, Fort Hill's Beal picked off a Scott Clark pass and rambled down to the Cadet 24-yard line. Wilson took it to the 20, but on second down, an offensive pass interference call on Fort Hill took away a touchdown pass from Schisler to Billy Colbert. In fact, had Colbert not interfered, the ball would have been picked off. The Sentinels could not move the ball after that and Frederick took over on downs.

From the 21, the Cadets put together a 10-play scoring drive highlighted by the stylish running of tailback Andre Henry. After fullback Dwayne Diggs picked up seven yards on two plays, Henry hit the gut on a draw to pick up 26 yards. Colbert made the touchdown-saving tackle.

After Henry picked up one more, quarterback Clark hit John Mangold across the middle for a 33-yard pick up. With the ball on the seven-yard line, Henry lost two on first down on a nice hit by Fort Hill's Jessie York. On third and nine, from a fullhouse backfield, Clark faked into the gut to Diggs and gave to Henry, who dashed to his right for the nine-yard touchdown on the second quarter's first play. Scott Carpenter's kick tied the game at seven.

Fort Hill took the ball at the 33 following the ensuing kick off and took the ball to the endzone in just eight plays. Beal picked up five and 11 on the first two plays before Wilson picked up five on two more carries. After Schisler ran for nine and a first down on third and five, Grapes lost four to put the ball back on the Frederick 42.

On second and 14, Furstenberg took the reverse and showed some halfback-type moves in running the ball down to the one-yard line for a pick up of 41 yards.

On first and goal from the one, Beal busted across for the touchdown, but Boggs' kick failed, putting the score at 13-7.

Frederick then took the ball down to the Fort Hill 15 from its own 42, but then lost the ball on downs.

From there the defenses took over and Fort Hill finally won the game when it pinned Frederick down deep in its own territory and then stopped the Cadets on downs.

In the second half alone, Frederick ran just 19 offensive plays.

"That's super," said Calhoun. "That's a big part of the win because that was the game plan. We wanted to keep the ball out of Andre's hands because he is a hell of a runner. Our front line just took control."

Henry led the Cadets with 126 yards on seven carries, but other than that, Frederick could manage only 53 yards in total offense. The Sentinels racked up 327 yards in total offense, all coming on the ground on 53 carries.

Friday's game marked the last time Fort Hill and Frederick will meet, as the Cadets have decided not to renew the contract. Fort Hill wins the series, rather decisively, 22 to 3, with one tie. Frederick won for the first time in 21 years last season with a 14-7 decision at Greenway Avenue Stadium.

The Sentinels are now 2-0 and will host Martinsburg next Friday at Greenway. Frederick, which defeated Fallston last week, 41-6, was forced to forfeit that win because an ineligible player was used. Now 0-2, Frederick will host Ballou of Washington, D.C. Friday night.


Fort Hill 7 6 0 0 --13
Frederick 0 7 0 0 --7
FH - Chris Grapes 12 run (Steve Boggs kick)
F - Andre Henry 9 run (Scott Carpenter kick)
FH - Eric Beal 1 run (kick failed)