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'Just wasn't good night'

The Baltimore Sun

IJAMSVILLE - Westminster pushed Linganore around on the opening drive and scored a touchdown 1:57 into last night's game to quiet the overflow Frederick County crowd. But absolutely nothing else went right for the Owls after that.

Linganore scored on Pat Balderson's 80-yard run on its first play from scrimmage and kept making big plays that No. 14 Westminster couldn't answer en route to a surprisingly easy, 58-7 victory in a Monacacy Valley Athletic League game.

Westminster (5-1, 1-1 in the Chesapeake Conference) and Linganore (6-0, 2-0) came in unbeaten, and the Owls knew this would be a tough match-up, as the Lancers already had three shutouts. In addition, Linganore outscored its first five opponents, 180-21.

The Owls and their spread offense got off to the great start with a seven-play, 59-yard drive that quarterback Andy Gilford completed with a 4-yard touchdown run. But they held the 7-0 lead for just 12 seconds, because Balderson quickly broke free for the 80-yarder.

Linganore scored 30 more points for a 37-7 halftime lead. Even things that went wrong for Linganore turned out right later on. The Lancers fumbled the ball away inside the Westminster 5-yard line - but Linganore posted a safety on the Owls' next offensive play.

"It just wasn't a good night for the Owls, as simple as that," Westminster coach Brad Wilson said. "I'm not going to let the kids dwell on this. We're just going to go like we do [any week]."

Linganore finished with 436 yards of total offense - 305 in the first half.

The Owls finished with 87 yards total offense, as they couldn't match that Linganore had all over the field on offense and defense.

"We knew what we had to do, we just didn't do it," Gilford said. "We just have got to move on from here."

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