There was a certain measure of revenge gained today when Harford Community College shut out Montgomery-Rockville, 24-0. Montgomery-Rockville is the only team to defeat Harford in its last 33 games, a 17-12 decision last season.
Small wonder, then, that Harford was prepared today. They dominated every aspect of the game.
"We feel we have a better defense than last year and we feel that made the difference," said Harford Coach Dick Fordyce. "We made sure we were ready for this one."
Although the halftime score was just 10-0, Harford was in total control, rolling up 173 yards and 14 first downs while holding Montgomery to just 27 yards. Tailback Charles Rogers was the main event, runnning for 75 yards in the half and 102 in the game.
"It wasn't too hard running through them," said the fleet Rogers. "Our line opened up their defense all day."
Rogers' backfield mate, Kelly Bush, scored two touchdowns.
"We had some missed opportunities to score in the first half because we didn't use Kelly enough," said Fordyce.
Bush's four-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was set up by a 20-yard punt return by Dave Schleich to the Knight 30 and a 26-yard run to the four by Tim Quander.
Jom Folger hit a 17-yard field goal with 17 seconds left in the half to make it 10-0.
The second half featured more offense, although only Harford could cash in. After a long ground march covering seven minutes, Bush piled over from the one to make it 17-0.
Montgomery-Rockville finally came up with good field position early in the fourth quarter. But with the ball on the Harford 20, Harford middle linebacker Mike Ragno intercepted a screen pass behind the line of scrimmage and ran 73 yards down the sideline for the final score.
Both teams entered the game with 2-0 records and Harford now expects to make the national rankings.
"We should definitely be ranked," said Rogers. "We showed that we can really score a lot of points. After last year's loss, the team wanted this game more than most. We are really happy we won it and more important, the coach (Fordyce) is happy, too."