Ga­tors keep foot on gas for 2nd win in row

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY FOOTBALL - By Rich Scherr

In a sea­son re­plete with frus­trat­ing losses and un­ful­filled po­ten­tial, the Reser­voir foot­ball team on Fri­day night showed that the de­fend­ing Class 3A East cham­pion re­mains hun­gry to win.

Host Cen­ten­nial found out just how much in this week’s Ravens RISE High School Foot­ball Show­down.

Speedy se­nior Kyle Fehr rushed 21 times for 142 yards and three touch­downs — and added a score on an 81-yard kick­off re­turn — as Reser­voir gained 290 yards on the ground, tak­ing an early three-touch­down lead be­fore run­ning away from the Ea­gles, 46-28.

De­spite sev­eral key in­juries and more than their share of bad luck, the Ga­tors have won two in a row, scor­ing 82 points over the past two weeks, af­ter start­ing the sea­son 0-6.

“It’s just been one of those years where ev­ery­thing has not gone per­fectly,” Reser­voir coach Bryan Cole said. “We want to show we’re a good foot­ball team and feel some suc­cess.”

The Ga­tors (2-6), one year re­moved from fin­ish­ing 9-4 and ad­vanc­ing to their first state semi­fi­nal, have been com­pet­i­tive in most of their games, suf­fer­ing four losses by a touch­down or less.

“We’ve been in ev­ery sin­gle game,” Fehr said. This one, how­ever, never was close. Led by Fehr, Reser­voir con­tin­u­ally gained yards on the ground against an un­der­manned Cen­ten­nial de­fense. Fehr, in fact, car­ried the ball seven times for 73 yards in the Ga­tors’ 12-play, 80-yard scor­ing drive to open the game, scor­ing from 7 yards out to put his team ahead 6-0. That lead grew quickly. Mo­ments later, on the Ea­gles’ first play from scrim­mage, quar­ter­back Matthew Schoen­berger fum­bled fight­ing for ex­tra yardage, giv­ing Reser­voir pos­ses­sion at the Cen­ten­nial 28. Cen­ten­nial de­fend­ers scram­ble try­ing to stop Reser­voir’s Ebissa Sambo af­ter he got a first down. The Ga­tors took a 20-0 lead be­fore half­time. The Ea­gles have lost seven straight.

Three plays later, Fehr scored on a sweep to the left from the 12, giv­ing the Ga­tors their sec­ond touch­down in 55 sec­onds and a 12-0 lead.

“We knew they were go­ing to load the box against us. I thought we could run it pretty well against them, and that turned out to be the case,” Cole said. “They had some trou­ble stop­ping us.”

Reser­voir then ex­tended its lead to 20-0 when quar­ter­back Jor­dan Green found tight end Ma­son Baker on a 10-yard scor­ing pass 4:09 be­fore half­time.

The Ea­gles (1-7) have lost seven straight af­ter beat­ing Ham­mond, 30-21, to open the sea­son.

KARL MER­TON FERRON/BAL­TI­MORE SUN

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