Centennial ended three-time defending Howard County champion Mount Hebron's 30-game county winning streak yesterday at Centennial, 17-11.
By dominating the midfield and getting an exceptional effort from goalkeeper Mike Schmidt, the veteran Eagles team also ended their five-game losing streak to No. 14-ranked Mount Hebron. They had not beaten the Vikings since 1994.
The victory moved No. 15 Centennial (9-1 overall, 8-0 league) into sole possession of first place with one league game left against Glenelg on Monday. Centennial's last county title was in 1994, when the Eagles shared it with Glenelg and Oakland Mills.
"Except for our guys, I don't think anyone else thought we could win," Centennial coach Mike Siegert said. "We've had some great senior groups. Some of them played up to their expectations. Some didn't. Before the game, we talked about what they wanted their legacy to be."
Centennial won 23 of 32 faceoffs, with P. J. Paolisso winning 10 of 14, Justin Vettori six of 10 and Eric Jones seven of eight.
"Ball possession is huge and they had it a lot more than we did," said Hebron coach Jeff Doolan.
Pub Date: 5/01/98