LINGANORE -- This was one that Oakland Mills let get away.
The No. 5 Scorpions made mistakes at crucial times, their receivers dropped passes and their linemen failed to block out well enough for quarterback Irving Conwell.
As a result, Oakland Mills never could quite get its potent offense clicking, and its defense suffered several breakdowns in the second half as the Scorpions dropped a 14-6 game to Linganore last night. It was their fifth straight loss to Linganore.
The Scorpions led 6-0 at halftime, and held Linganore's offense to 66 yards.
But the score should have been more favorable to the Scorpions. One drive into Linganore territory ended with a sack for minus-11 yards. Then a holding penalty and an interception stifled Oakland Mills.
Another drive to Oakland Mills' 42 ended with a dropped deep pass.
The Scorpions' Mark Dymzczenski made a fumble recovery to end a Linganore drive at Oakland Mills' 33-yard line late in the first half.
Linganore came out fired up in the second half and drove 70
yards on 11 plays. On fourth-and-goal at the 2-yard line, the Lancers pulled off a fake field goal, with quarterback Justin Brown hitting Ben Morrow (18 carries for 84 yards) for the touchdown. Brown kicked the extra point for a 7-6 Linganore lead.
Linganore almost had another touchdown early in the fourth quarter, but an interception by the Scorpions' Casey Moffett in the end zone stopped that threat.
Andy Dill proved to be a major problem for Oakland Mills in the second half. On one series he made two sacks.
"They were a good defensive team and our main problem was 58 [Dill]," Scorpions coach Ken Hovet said. "We had no one to block him."
Oakland Mills did mount two fourth-quarter drives.
Fardan Carter gained 59 yards on four sweeps, taking the Scorpions from their 20-yard line to Linganore's 15. But the next three plays were incomplete passes.
After a Linganore touchdown on a 20-yard run by Kevin Carpenter that made it 14-6, there was 1:47 to play and Oakland Mills mounted another drive.
Two hitch passes to Antiwan Jones gained 48 yards, and a pass-interference penalty against Linganore put Oakland Mills at Linganore's 29-yard line. But a 4-yard run by Carter and two incomplete passes left the Scorpions short.
"We played an ugly game, and with their size they could run right at us," Hovet said.