The Hereford Bulls entered last night's game against Catonsville expecting to run the ball. It was the Baltimore County Class 3A League opener for both teams and the 12th ranked Bulls were determined to showcase their impressive rushing attack.
Playing in a light but steady rain and using a variety of sweeps, reverses and draw plays, the Bulls took the opening drive for a touchdown and never looked back. Capitalizing on three Catonsville turnovers, Hereford built a 42-point lead at halftime and won, 56-0.
"We had a game plan coming in and we stuck to it," said Bulls head coach Steve Turnbaugh, whose team improved to 2-0 this season and 1-0 in league play. "Our kids were 100 percent focused and motivated and it showed in their performance."
Hereford received contributions from several players on offense. Leading the way was running back Lonnie Liggins, who had two touchdowns on the night, including one right before halftime. The senior was one of six Bulls to reach the end zone.
"I love sharing the ball," said Liggins, who also played defense last night. "It makes my job easier."
Fullback Eric Hemmeter also had two touchdowns and made several key blocks to open up the running game.
The defense was equally impressive, with senior defensive end Brian Botti registering two sacks in the first quarter, one of which caused a fumble that teammate Ron Rose ran in for a touchdown.
The most exciting play of the night came in the second half when Hereford senior Jason Fischer returned a punt 48 yards for a touchdown, breaking several tackles along the way.
The Bulls will try to make it three in a row next week when they play Towson.
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No. 3 River Hill 44, Centennial 0 -- Micahel Companaro rushed for three touchdowns and Malke Redd added two to power the visiting Hawks past the Eagles.
No. 4 Dunbar 36, Carver 0 -- Sean Farr had two touchdown receptions to lead the visiting Poets (2-0) over the Bears (1-1). Tavon Austin had a 36-yard touchdown run and completed a nine-yard touchdown pass to Farr.
No. 7 Edmondson 22, Douglass 14 -- Terrance Wilson posted his second consecutive 100-plus yard game as the visiting Red Storm (1-1) beat the Ducks (0-2).
No. 13 Curley 16, St. Paul's 0 -- Eric Franklin had a 27-yard touchdown reception and two forced turnovers to power the host Friars past the Crusaders. "Defense won the game," Curley coach Sean Murphy said. The Friars totaled 246 rushing yards, including Terrance Dandridge's 104 yards on 15 carries.
Forest Park 34, Northwestern 32 -- Xavier Makell had 20 carries for 138 yards and five touchdowns and two two-point conversions to lift the visiting Foresters over the Wildcats.
Eastern Tech 45, Dundalk 6 -- The visiting Mavericks (2-0) were paced by defensive standouts with 16 tackles: Devin Hardy (four), Brian Watson (seven) and Aaron Wilson (five) in the win over the Owls (0-2).