Hammond puts it on line in 38-0 win


One look tells you that Hammond's offensive line is huge. One look at yesterday's score against Mount Hebron may tell you how good it is.

The Golden Bears -- with tackle Danny Boone (275 pounds) and guards Kwame Crawford (280) and Pedro Barbosa (255) providing a lot of push -- routed Mount Hebron, 38-0, in a Howard County football game at Hammond.

Hammond (4-1) is tied with Glenelg for the county lead at 2-0.

Hammond's backs plowed through the Vikings' smaller defense 36 times, accumulating 298 of the Golden Bears' 383 yards on the ground.

Hammond coach Joe Russo divided the rushing chores among five backs, with Erin Woodward, a 5-foot-7, 180-pound senior, entertaining a homecoming crowd with 137 yards on 18 carries.

The Golden Bears held a 22-0 lead after one period on touchdowns by Woodward, receiver Kelvin Stevens and even Boone, who carried on a misdirection after being lined up in the backfield.

In the third quarter, Hammond receiver Cinque Crutchfield caught quarterback Rudy Cooper's second touchdown pass, and back Tim Spruill ran 2 yards for the final score.

"I didn't expect the domination from their offensive line," said Mount Hebron coach Mark Cates. "They have a combination of a good offensive line and some backs that hit the holes really hard."

"They weren't that strong," said Boone of Mount Hebron's defense. "They were trying to use their speed when shifting to the holes. We picked up all their stunts."

Hammond's defense limited the Vikings to 37 yards. Mount Hebron's Phil Tonkins was sacked five times, as linemen John White, Jim Weston and Brian Triantafillos pressured constantly. Mount Hebron (1-4, 0-2) crossed midfield once and turned the ball over four times.

"Our defensive line and backs are real quick," Russo said. "We took away their sweep, and we were real aggressive on defense."

Woodward said: "I knew it was all over" after the game's first play, his 22-yard run that began an eight-play, 73-yard touchdown drive. Woodward capped the march with an 11-yard scoring run off right tackle.

The Vikings' woes persisted on their first play from scrimmage. Stevens dived to intercept Tonkins at Hammond's 48. In three plays, the Golden Bears scored again on Boone's 18-yard run, his second carry this season. Woodward's two-point conversion run accounted for a 14-0 lead with 5:30 left.

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