Miners strike gold, beat CFLs at finish


Roman Anderson's 47-yard field goal capped an improbable comeback for the Sacramento Gold Miners as they beat the Baltimore CFLs, 30-29, last night before 42,116 at Memorial Stadium in a Canadian Football League game.

Anderson's heroics ruined a Baltimore rally in the fourth quarter that saw Tracy Ham threw a pair of go-ahead touchdown passes to Chris Armstrong.

The CFLs played themselves into a 20-11 hole in the first half with a variety of penalties and misplays.

A 46-yard pass interference call against halfback Charles Anthony set up a quick first-quarter touchdown for Sacramento.

On the next play, quarterback David Archer tossed a 24-yard scoring pass to Troy Mills, who avoided a would-be tackle by linebacker Tracy Gravely and then beat safety Michael Brooks to the corner of the end zone.

The half ended with Sacramento cashing in a Ham interception for a field goal. Ham threw for Joe Washington, but the pass was tipped by Hurlie Brown, then caught by Gold Miners safety Tom Gerhart.

Archer used the clock and the field to move the Gold Miners to the 22, where he threw incomplete in the end zone for James Pruitt.

With 8 seconds left, Anderson kicked a 29-yard field goal to give Sacramento a nine-point halftime lead.

Making his first start since he tore his right quadriceps muscle, Ham was rusty in the first half. He completed 10 of 21 passes for 119 yards and one touchdown.

The touchdown was a 20-yard strike to wideout Walter Wilson one minute into the second quarter. The CFLs drove 45 yards to the score after Charles Anthony intercepted an Archer pass.

Baltimore also got a 44-yard field goal from Donald Igwebuike in the first quarter and a single in the second when Igwebuike missed a 45-yarder.

Ham came out throwing -- and running. He threw passes on Baltimore's first five plays, kept the ball on a keeper for a first down, then threw it twice more.

Running back Mike Pringle, playing against his old teammates for the first time since he was traded to Baltimore last May, carried only five times in the first half, but gained 38 yards.

Pringle hurt Sacramento more with three kickoff returns for 90 yards. He also caught two passes for 16.

Archer completed 13 of 19 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns, both to Mills.

The Gold Miners scored touchdowns on their first two series. The second possession ended with a 10-yard pass to Mills, who took a short pass and beat Matt Goodwin to the end zone.

Goodwin later was guilty of running into punter Pete Gardere. That was one of eight Baltimore penalties in a ragged first half, worth 103 yards. Sacramento was flagged for just two.

Sacramento also had an edge of 208-171 in total offense.

The CFLs got a field goal on their first possession of the second half, but it was more of the red-zone blues.

Baltimore had first-and-goal at the Sacramento 6 after Peter Tuipulotu had two receptions for 17 and 36 yards.

From the 6, though, Pringle lost two yards and then Ham threw incomplete for Armstrong.

Igwebuike came on to kick a 16-yard field goal that cut the Sacramento lead to 20-14.

The CFLs escaped a major Sacramento threat later in the third quarter after Ham's second interception. A questionable roughing-the-passer penalty against Goodwin, and an objectionable-conduct call against Elfrid Payton gave the Gold Miners first down at the Baltimore

Mills carried to the on first down. On second down, rush end Mike Kerr batted an Archer pass high in the air at the goal line. Brooks came down with the interception in the end zone, and the crowd came to life.

The CFLs drove 85 yards to their first lead of the night. Tuipulotu had two catches covering 28 yards to ignite the drive. Ham hit Robert Clark for 14 yards to the Sacramento 22.

After Pringle ran six yards to the 16, a roughing-the-passer penalty gave Baltimore a first down on the 8.

On first down, Ham faked to Pringle, then hit Armstrong in the right corner of the end zone for a touchdown.

Armstrong beat halfback Bobby Humphrey for his ninth TD catch of the season.

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