Mays and Co. bring back days of Owl old


Welcome back, Westminster.

The Owls' football team brought back memories Friday night of the school's glory days.

It not only beat a Class 4A opponent, but it also did it soundly, running off to a 20-0 lead on the way to a 26-15 victory over Meade.

Junior quarterback Steve Mays did almost everything right, mixing the run with the pass to keep Meade off balance.

Mays, in only his third varsity game, displayed outstanding quickness and footwork in the backfield to get away from the rush. He also showed some of the best faking and ball-handling by a quarterback in this county in recent years.

Mays had a lot of help from running backs Chris DiGasperi and Steve Kahler. DiGasperi burned the Mustangs up the middle for 150 yards and one touchdown, and Kahler went outside for 60 yards and one touchdown.

Westminster (1-2) was tough defensively until the second half, when Meade opened up its offense.

Then it was virtually impossible to stop the Mustangs' big running back Kenny Walker, who once eluded four would-be tacklers for a 54-yard run.

DiGasperi, also a defensive tackle, Derick Brightful and Jeff Leopard all had big defensive plays.

For Owls coach Jeff Oeming, it was a most satisfying victory after two long seasons. But he didn't want to gloat because seven more games remain, including ones against Thomas Johnson, Frederick, Linganore and South Carroll.

Hoffmann off to good start

Former South Carroll football player Bill Hoffmann Jr. has resumed his bid to replace Mike Siani as the all-time leading scorer in Villanova football history.

Hoffmann, a senior, has hit two of three field-goal tries and two of two extra-point tries for eight points in two games for the 1-1 Wildcats, who play in the NCAA's Division I-AA.

His career total is 159, which puts him 49 points behind Siani (208).

Hoffmann also is averaging 38.5 yards on 12 punts. In a 27-3 loss to Northeastern, three of his punts were downed inside the 15-yard line, and in a 25-5 victory over Fordham, one went out of bounds at the 1 and one at the 4.

Against Fordham, he also alertly batted the ball out of the end zone for a safety before the Rams had a chance to fall on the bad snap.

Orlando shines at TSU

Towson junior wide receiver Mark Orlando, who attended Liberty High, has caught five passes for 137 yards (27.4 average) and three touchdowns.

He also has returned five punts for an average of 18.8 yards.

Wagener named AU assistant

Melanee Wagener, a 1988 graduate of South Carroll and a four-year letterman on the Virginia women's basketball team, has been named assistant women's basketball coach at American University.

Houck continues to score

Tinah Houck, the high school Field Hockey Player of the Year in Carroll County last season, still is scoring this season.

Houck, who played for Westminster, is attending the College of Notre Dame and had a goal in a 2-0 victory last week over Western Maryland College at Western Maryland.

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