rally to win Appel’s debut, 14-6
In a game where Fort Hill had two touchdowns nullified by penalties,
Sam Walker got the one that counted when he scored on a 26-yard
run with 3:36 left as the Sentinels defeated Baltimore City College
in Todd Appel’s debut as head coach on a warm Friday night
at Greenway Avenue.
more exciting than I wanted it to be,” said Appel, who took
over the helm from Barry Lattimer after 15 years as an assistant.
“It was wonderful to get that first win. The kids played hard
and never gave up. I told them when we were tied at 6-6 at halftime
that we were dominating the game and just had to go out and show
we had the better team.”
used ball control and some solid defense to overcome two big plays,
nine penalties for 80 yards and a fumble for the game’s only
Both teams competed
in the Maryland Class 2A playoffs with Fort Hill finishing with
a 10-2 record and Baltimore City 8-3.
Marcus Lashley helped Fort Hill build a 32:23 to 17:37 advantage
in time of possession as he plowed for 131 yards on 18 carries.
Senior quarterback Eric Howser completed 5-of-9 passes for 75 yards
and hit Jordan Helmick with a 28-yard scoring strike for the Sentinels’
first touchdown. He also passed to Helmick for the two-point conversion
after Walker’s touchdown.
Fort Hill piled
up 278 yards on the ground on 50 carries and had 84 yards through
the air for 362 yards in total offense. The Sentinels had 21 first
The Fort Hill
defense, led by lineman Colton Sibley and Caleb Morris and linebackers
Dakota Welsh and Garrett Dolly, held Baltimore City to just 170
yards in total offense and 139 of that came on two plays. The Knights
had only five first downs.
started their first possession of the season on their own two-yard
line after Mike Durr had to down a muffed kickoff there. It took
13 plays and 7 minutes and 48 seconds to go the distance.
the first three carries for 12 yards and finished with 37 yards
on his first six attempts. On a third-down play with seven yards
to go at the 28-yard line. Howser found his tight end Helmick wide
open over the middle at the 10-yard line for the touchdown. He had
three completions for 44 yards in the the drive. Lashley missed
on his first attempt as the kicker.
On the Sentinels
next possession they moved 54 yards to the BCC two. Howser went
in on a quarterback sneak but an illegal motion penalty brought
it back. Durr then went in from the seven, but a holding penalty
brought back the play. Then came an illegal block penalty and Fort
Hill turned the ball over on downs at the 21-yard line.
Richard Rodman when four yards on the first play, four-year Baltimore
City quarterback Ellis Foster found Adrian Coxson streaking down
the sideline for a 75-yard scoring play. Fort Hill blocked the extra
Fort Hill moved
to the Baltimore City 12 in the final two minutes of the first half,
but turned the ball over on downs on an offensive pass interference
was looking to take the lead when Rodwell broke lose and was rambling
down the field only to be hauled down at the one by Fort Hill speedster
Foster bringing their player down on the one was huge and that goal-line
stand was super,” said Appel.
The Fort Hill
defense stood up BCC’s Foster on first down and Rodwell had
his touchdown play called back by an illegal motion penalty. Rodwell
was nailed for a two-yard loss and then was caught another six yards
behind the line on fourth down on a Foster pass.
at the 18-yard line with 9:07 remaining, Fort Hill went to Lashley
for five straight carries that gained 22 yards. Howser then gained
11 yards with a rollout play. He then passed to Durr for 11 yards
and after a four-yard run by Lashley he connected with Walker for
20 yards and the first down at City’s 26. That set up Walker’s
run to the end zone for the win.
going to have to look at the game and address the penalties,”
said the new Fort Hill coach. “That was definitely frustrating.”
Fort Hill will
play Keyser Friday night at Potomac State College’s Stayman