Singleton leads Oakland Mills in 41-0 romp past Centennial


Korey Singleton scored five touchdowns and reached 1,000 yards faster than any Oakland Mills running back in school history as the fourth-ranked Scorpions crashed Centennial's homecoming party, 41-0, yesterday.

Singleton flirted with the 300-yard rushing mark for the third straight week before finishing with 287 yards on 29 carries.

His 60-yard run early in the third period gave Oakland Mills (2-0, 5-0) a 27-0 lead and put him over the 1,000-yard mark for the season. Singleton also scored on runs of 53 and 17 yards. At the season's midpoint, he has 1,062 yards.

"I thought he ran better than he's ever run today," said Oakland Mills coach Ken Hovet. "He's usually a straight-ahead kind of runner, but he was really dancing around and giving some good straight-arms out there. He gets better every week."

"I wanted to go over 1,000 today," Singleton said. "As for the team goal, we wanted to blow them out and shut them out."

Oakland Mills accomplished all objectives. The Scorpions rolled up 490 yards, and Centennial (1-1, 3-2) managed only 27. The only blemishes on the Scorpions' performance were the 140 yards they were assessed in penalties. Six of Centennial's eight first downs resulted from Oakland Mills infractions.

The rest of the day belonged mostly to Singleton, who overshadowed a big game by backfield teammate Eric Graham. Graham rushed 13 times for 168 yards, and his 63-yard run on a reverse play gave Oakland Mills a 34-0 lead midway through the third quarter.

Singleton or Graham touched the ball on every play from scrimmage but four. They combined for 467 yards.

Oakland Mills set the tone by scoring on its first three possessions. The Scorpions drove 72 yards in 12 plays and took a 7-0 lead on Singleton's 3-yard run with 3:21 left in the first period. They made it 14-0 with 8:32 left in the half when Singleton finished a 10-play, 63-yard march with another 3-yard run.

Five minutes later, Singleton -- on a fourth-and-14 sweep play -- broke a tackle and went 53 yards down the left sideline untouched to give Oakland Mills a 21-0 halftime lead.

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