Frederick 13, Linganore 3
Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
Six yards from the go-ahead touchdown but about to be tackled on an option run in the fourth quarter of his team's game against Linganore Friday night, Frederick quarterback Cory Rhodes made eye contact with his best friend, running back Bruce Dorsey.
Right before his knee touched the ground, Rhodes pitched the ball to Dorsey, who covered the six yards to score what proved to be the game-winning points in Frederick's 13-3 victory over the visiting Lancers, the defending 3A champions in Frederick.
"Bruce Dorsey's my best friend -- we're always on the same page," Rhodes said. "When he looked at me, I knew he was going to run it in for a touchdown."
Rhodes completed 11 of 14 passing for 134 yards and threw a touchdown pass to Peter Malamet late in the fourth quarter to seal the Cadets' victory. Dorsey had 105 yards on 16 carries.
The Cadets (6-0, 2-0 Monocacy Valley Athletic League Chesapeake Division), who also beat defending 2A champ Aberdeen this year, get another tough game next week against No. 11 Urbana.
Linganore (3-3, 1-1) will likely need to win the rest of its games -- including a season-ending showdown with Urbana -- to make the playoffs this season.
Just as Rhodes coolly anchored the offense, senior lineman T.J. Tucker, who seemed to find himself in the middle of every play, led the Cadets' punishing defense.
Frederick held Linganore standout running back Matt Castor to 116 yards on 27 carries. Castor had been averaging about 190 yards and nearly 10 yards a carry in the Lancers' first five games; he was held scoreless for the first time this season.
"Everybody was pumped up all week, we've been wanting this for a long time," Tucker said. "A lot of people have doubted our defense and we wanted to show what we could do."
In the first half, the Lancers consistently had good field position because of three first-quarter turnovers by Frederick -- but they only had a missed field goal attempt to show for it.
There was still no score when Linganore engineered a 7-minute 15-second drive to start the second half, keyed by a 21-yard run by Jon Sweadnor on a fake punt. The Lancers moved the ball to within a foot of the goal line, but three plays resulted in losses totaling seven yards, and Linganore settled for a field goal.
Frederick's next drive resulted in a missed field goal, but Linganore's Castor fumbled two plays after that, and the Cadets got the ball at the Linganore 36. Two plays later, with Frederick facing third down and six yards to go, Dorsey raced 26 yards to the 6. That set up the go-ahead score with 11:55 to go in the game.