The play was a simple sweep right, and it will go down as one of the season's more amazing finishes to a football game in Howard County and the Washington area. Oakland Mills defensive tackle Robert Scott interrupted a handoff and linebacker Nick Fambro picked up the bouncing ball and ran 77 yards for the winning touchdown with 59 seconds left. J.T. Rembert's point-after kick gave the visiting Scorpions a stunning 14-13 victory over Glenelg yesterday in a Howard County league game.
"I was right next to it," Fambro said. "It bounced once and I picked it up and ran."
And once Fambro, who runs the hurdles and throws the discus and shot put for Oakland Mills's track and field team, started, no one was going to catch him. Some Glenelg players dropped to the ground in disbelief, others cried and one, running back Andrew Garland--the intended recipient of the botched handoff--threw his helmet and was ejected from the game.
"I was just praying the kid would fall or trip or something," said Glenelg Coach John Davis, whose team has not beaten Oakland Mills since 1981. " . . . I just feel sick for the kids. I thought that [play] was about as safe as I could get without falling on it."
The extra point, on a field muddied by a pair of rainstorms during the game, was not a given. But Rembert, who also plays quarterback and linebacker, kicked a fluttering ball just through the uprights.
"You've got to admit, it was a great game to watch," said Scorpions Coach Ken Hovet, whose team is the defending Maryland 1A champion.
For most of the game, it appeared Glenelg (1-1, 0-1 Howard County) was on its way to victory. Quarterback Zack McQuigg, who moved within 131 yards of breaking the county record for career passing yardage, threw two touchdown passes. Following the second score, though, Thaddeus Dymczenski blocked the point-after kick, leaving Glenelg's lead at 13-0 at halftime.
Keion Reimes scored on a one-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter to bring Oakland Mills to 13-7. But the Scorpions (2-0, 1-0) failed to convert following a turnover, then turned the ball over on downs. Glenelg had the ball at the Oakland Mills 18-yard line with two minutes left and the Scorpions out of timeouts. All Glenelg needed to do was run out the clock.
Two plays netted a two-yard loss, then came the fateful play. Scott broke through to tackle McQuigg before the handoff and the ball glanced off Garland's hip, McQuigg said. The rest was up to Fambro, who added to his list of highlights on Glenelg's field. Last season, he had an interception and caught two touchdown passes on the same field.
"I'd rather be lucky" than good, Hovet said. "Ten weeks from now, we won't remember how we won. We'll only say it was 14-13."
Notes: Glenelg linebacker Raynell Mohammed left the game late in the first half and was taken to a local hospital for a possible broken ankle . . . McQuigg completed 13 of 27 passes for 170 yards with one interception . . . Oakland Mills was called for 129 yards in penalties.
CAPTION: Glenelg quarterback Zack McQuigg (13 of 27, 170 passing yards) sets up to throw as Oakland Mills's Andrew Deming (65) moves in on pass rush.