Fal­cons find their groove in sec­ond half, soar past Wild­cats

Regi­nald Lewis shuts down North­west­ern of­fense, puts up 21 points af­ter the break

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY FOOTBALL - By Mike Frainie

Regi­nald Lewis faced North­west­ern on Fri­day for what amounted to the City Divi­sion II cham­pi­onship game be­tween un­de­feated foot­ball teams.

The Wild­cats lost their per­fect record un­der a pile of sec­ond half points.

The host Fal­cons outscored North­west­ern 21-0 af­ter the break en route to a 35-6 win. Al­fonzo Gra­ham led Regi­nald Lewis (7-0, 5-0) with 81 rush­ing yards and an in­ter­cep­tion re­turn for a touch­down.

“My mes­sage [at the half ] to them was to keep fight­ing, and that we had to fin­ish,” Fal­cons coach El­wood Townsend said.

Regi­nald Lewis went into the half with a 14-6 lead on the strength of two touch­downs by Shamal Webb (one on a 72-yard kick­off re­turn and one on a 7-yard run), but the Fal­cons had trou­ble stop­ping the Wild­cats when they had the ball.

The Fal­cons looked like a dif­fer­ent team in the sec­ond half. The de­fense be­came much more ag­gres­sive, hold­ing North­west­ern (6-1, 5-1) to mi­nus-7 yards on the first of­fen­sive se­ries of the half.

Af­ter get­ting the ball back, Lewis needed just five plays to in­crease the lead. Ma­lik Green car­ried most of the load on the drive, run­ning for 19 yards to get the ball to the North­west­ern 15-yard line. He ran for a score on the next play to give the Fal­cons a 22-6 lead with 4:33 left in the third quar­ter.

Lewis put the game away on the next North­west­ern pos­ses­sion. As the Wild­cats set up to pass at their 10, quar­ter­back David Medlin’s pass was tipped by a re­ceiver at the 15-yard line. It landed in the hands of Gra­ham at the 18. Gra­ham eluded a de­fender then ran un­touched into the end zone to in­crease the lead to 28-6 with 2:47 left in the third quar­ter.

The Fal­cons closed the scor­ing with a 2-yard run from se­nior quar­ter­back Dar­iun Miller with 5:43 left in the game.

Miller said it was great to win but that the Fal­cons still have some work to do.

“We came out and did what we were sup­posed to do,” Miller said, “but we didn’t play well all four quar­ters. That’s some­thing we need to work on go­ing for­ward.”

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