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Urbana, in cruise control, routs South Carroll, 41-6

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Two-time defending Class 2A state champion Urbana came to Winfield last night with a 28-game winning streak, an explosive offense and a defense that had allowed six points in three games.

For host South Carroll, the results were predictable.

The much quicker Hawks ran out to a 34-0 halftime lead and never looked back, cruising to a 41-6 win.

"We did some good things," said South Carroll coach Gene Brown. "Probably out of the four teams they've played, we probably played them the best, though I'm not sure what that means right now."

Urbana (4-0) has now outscored opponents, 192-12. In this one, the Hawks did the bulk of their damage in the first half.

South Carroll (2-2), coming off a 22-16 win over Bethesda-Chevy Chase, was out-gained, 168-38, in the first two quarters.

That, however, only tells part of the story.

Thanks to their stifling defense, the Hawks began three of their first four scoring drives at South Carroll's 36, 24 and 21. The other came on Bill Gaines' 67-yard punt return, in which he caught the ball at the 33, ran cross-field to his left and followed a wall of blockers down the sideline and into the end zone.

The Cavaliers, meanwhile, never advanced past their own 33 in the half.

They had a prime scoring chance early in the third quarter after an interception by Teddy Daniels at the Urbana 30.

A pair of runs by Billy Hillmuth got the ball to the 18. On the very next play, however, Bryan Hamper's pass was picked off in the end zone by Chris O'Connor.

South Carroll did eventually find its way into the end zone on Hamper's 20-yard pass to Jamie Unger with just under seven minutes left.

"South Carroll had some good size and strength, and that was a concern," said Urbana coach Dave Carruthers. "I thought we had them well-prepared."

For the Cavaliers, this week's assignment - forget about this one.

"You can't dwell on something like this," said Brown. "I think we have a real good bunch of kids, and we'll respond back."

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