Flag Football League
It was an ugly win Sunday in Reisterstown, but the Westminster Pit Bulls will take it.
The winless Charm City Hawks had almost shut the door on Westminster at the Hannah MoreSchool, when quarterback Brent Fendlay's 30-yard strike to Randy Barton with 41 seconds remaining pulled the game out for the Bulls, 21-18.
Fendlay and Barton had also connected for a first quarter score to put Westminster up 7-0, and the locals upped the lead to 14-6 bTC when Earl Emondson ran 20 yards for a third-quarter touchdown.
Charm City then scored twice to go ahead 18-14 with less than two minutes remaining.
However, Westminster drove 70 yards with Fendlay's 25-yard pass to Joe Callahan putting the team deep in Hawks territory and setting up Barton' final touchdown.
Arbutus used punt returns and successful conversions to sink the North Carroll B and C teams as part of its three-game sweep Saturday.
The Baltimore County-based Eagles took 13-12 and 7-6 squeakers in the B and C games, respectively and romped in the A game 48-0.
The North Carroll B's went up 12-0 in the first quarter of their contest on a 30-yard scoring run by Steve Suter and Adam Boog's 56-yard punt return.
Arbutus though, later scored a punt return touchdown of its own.
Then, North Carroll's failure to make its extra points proved fatal when Arbutus successfully converted after its fourth-quarter touchdown and went up for good, 13-12.
North Carroll's Boog also played an excellent game at linebacker.
The Panthers also scored first in the C game, as Phillip Blizzard tallied on a 30-yard third quarter run to culminate a 60-yard drive.
But the Eagles used their winning formula from the B game, again.
They tied the game on a fourth quarter punt return and then scored the point-after to win.
The Panther C team nevertheless had its defensive standouts, as linebacker Jeff Peltzer and nose guard David Greene turned in strong efforts.
Carroll County rec footballers were more successful at Westminster's East Middle School Saturday.
The Westminster B team topped Reisterstown 7-6 and the C squad followed with a 13-0 verdict.
The B contest saw Westminster tie 6-6 on a fourth quarter 25-yard pass from halfback Desmond Esteves to end Mike Rambo. Esteves then passed to Rambo for the clinching extra point.
Westminster's defense dominated most of the way, with Reisterstown's only score coming after a blocked punt gave it the ball on the Westminster 5-yard line.
Westminster defensive end Jason Jones had five unassisted tackles and a quarterback sack. Tackle Gordon Stebbings and cornerback Ryan Weber defended well against the run for the winners.
The offensive line was a big story in Westminster's C game win.
Tackles Sean Finch and Kevin Olenginski, guards Steven Moore and Gregory Condon, center Vincent Iadevaia, and tight end Shawn Myrick continually opened the holes for the Green Terrors' running game.
Quarterback Collin Angell rolled out three yards for a second quarter touchdown.
Back Justin Janowitz ran 11 on a misdirection play for a third quarter tally after Stephen Howard's 38-yard romp had brought Westminster close.
Janowitz also was a strong tackler at defensive end, where he threw several Reisterstown plays for losses.
* Under-14A -- The Freedom Flyers maintained their first place hold in the A Division with a 2-0 win over North Carroll Saturday.
Chris James, assisted by Keith Sullivan, tallied in the first half and James Smyrnioudis scored in the second for the 4-0-1 Flyers.
Flyers keeper Zach Dietrich led the defensive effort with 16 saves and sweeper Sean Welch, stopper Zach Cox, and fullbacks Ryan Renehan and Kirk Robertson played strong supporting roles.
Mount Airy blanked Linganore 2-0.
Nathen Hendrickson scored in the first half, and Neil Petroski assisted by Rick Wareham, tallied in the second.
Sweeper Ryan Wetzel and fullback Jamie Lawson were key to Freedom's defensive effort.
* Under-14-B -- Westminster and the Freedom Strikers played their third 1-1 tie of the season Saturday.
Brad Centenio put Freedom ahead, 1-0, in the second half but Brian Tozer quickly knotted it for Westminster.
Freedom keeper Mike Amoss made numerous key saves to preserve the tie while Striker teammates Tim Chairs and Steve Partenope also played strong defensive games.
* Under 12-A -- North Carroll, which had a first half goal negated by a penalty, nevertheless rallied to tie Westminster 1-1.
Mike Rongione knotted it late in the game after Westminster had gone ahead 1-0 on a first half goal by Matt Marrichi.
Westminster keeper Patrick Dain's late saves preserved the tie.
Mount Airy blanked Linganore 1-0 on a second half goal by Steven Pyzik.
* Under-14 -- The Stars blanked the Blast, 3-0, Saturday as Brandon Petry scored twice for the winners and Jason Scott, once.
Halfback Billy Suter played a strong defensive game for the Stars who lead the division with a 4-0-1.
Westminster Bank and Trust downed E.W. Beck, 3-0, Saturday to tie Beck for the divisional lead.
Mike Pearsall, Ryan Smith, and Jason Shapiro scored for Westminster Bank.
Pearsall, Joe Poole, and Will Gunther had assists.
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