By Craig Clary, firstname.lastname@example.org
10:34 PM EDT, September 30, 2011
Unbeaten host Catonsville scored five touchdowns on plays over 50 yards and dominated Hereford, 50-14, Friday night for the Comets first win over the Bulls since 1995.
In many of those Hereford victories, the Bulls enjoyed a running clock, thanks to leads over 35 points.
This time, the Comets (5-0) watched the time tick away, thanks to another dominating second half, when they outscored the visitors, 33-7.
Catonsville has now outscored its opponents 114-24 in the second half.
Hereford (2-3) only trailed by 10 points at halftime and got the second-half kickoff.
"Even at halftime, it was 17-7 and we get the ball back, and then we just imploded," Hereford coach Steve Turnbaugh said. "It was a nightmare."
The game was more like a dream for Catonsville junior running back D'Andre Lane, who rushed 10 times for 186 yards.
Lane (509 yards rushing on 61 attempts this season) scored twice in the first half — on 64-yard runs, and once in the second — on a 58-yard score. He also added a 75-yard punt return in the second half.
"That was our game plan, open up holes for D'Andre and let him run free," Catonsville senior lineman Antoine Wright said.
Catonsville only ran nine offensive plays in the second half and scored on four of them.
Lane went 58 yards and on the Comets second play of the half and Eric Medinger's extra point made it 24-7 with 9:41 left in the third period.
On Hereford's next series, Deniko Carter forced a fumble that was recovered by Julian Singletary.
Comet quarterback Aaron Jones hit Carter on a deep slant on the next play and the Comets led 30-7 with 7:26 remaining.
"Coach told me to be patient and I'm going to get the ball so I just waited until the ball came to me and I made it happen for my team," Carter said.
Carter's 38-yard interception return on Hereford's next play made it happen again for the Comet offense, as Jones scampered in from six yards.
Lane's punt return and Josh Hylton's 50-yard run ended the Comets' scoring.
Hereford, playing without three two-way starters, got a 23-yard run from Austin Brown in the first half and a 15-yard rush from quarterback Jay Patti in the second half for its only touchdowns.
"Even with them (3 injured players), we are not going to beat this team," Turnbaugh said. "I don't know what the answer is."
"This was a very, very big win for us," Carter said. "I can say my boys worked very hard for this game.
When Wright was told it was the first win over Herefod since 1995, he said, "I wasn't even born then, but it feels good — I love this game."