Cumberland Times-News

Football

October 27, 2012

McGraw, BW blast JPG

Spartans’ quarterback accounts for five touchdowns in 55-24 victory

CUMBERLAND — Terrell McGraw threw for four touchdowns, ran for a fifth and piled up 284 yards of offense as the Bishop Walsh Spartans put a difficult week behind them by beating John Paul the Great (Va.) 55-24 Saturday afternoon at Brother Stephen F. Paul Spartan Stadium.

McGraw, the area’s leader in all-purpose yardage with a 198.6 yards per game, passed for 220 yards and ran for another 64. Those numbers could have been even higher if not for three sacks that erased 27 yards from his rushing total.

The Spartans had a possible major distraction looming over them all week after Bishop Walsh dismissed Head Coach Geno Taylor last Saturday following a win over the Virginia Lions.

Two BW seniors let everyone in attendance know how much it affected them on the Spartans’ very first play. With the ball at the 35-yard line after the opening kickoff, McGraw play faked, rolled to his left and lofted a pass to Liam Rhodes, who was 20 yards behind the secondary, for a 65-yard touchdown right out of the gates.

“We were a little worried at the beginning of the week over what we might get at practice,” said co-interim head coach Mike Allen. “That went away when we came out for practice and saw that the kids were getting ready as if nothing had changed.”

With the Spartans only having one loss, Allen was determined to have as little change as possible going forward with the team.

“The system is already in place,” he said. “The coaches know what to do. The players know what to do. One of the first things I said when this all occurred is that I wasn’t touching anything, and that won’t change for next week either.

“Hopefully, the outcome stays the same,” Allen added, laughing.

 Rhodes and McGraw provided the second touchdown as well, this time on third-and-40 at midfield. Rhodes jumped right in front of a waiting defender and kept on going past the defense to make it 14-0 with 6:38 left.

Rhodes also caught a 25-yard touchdown in the third quarter to finish with three catches, three touchdowns and 140 receiving yards.

Spartan senior Billy Conroy scored with 45 seconds left in the first quarter to give Bishop Walsh a 22-0 lead. Conroy ran for two more touchdowns, an 8-yard run in the second and a 7-yard run in the third, and had a team-high 77 yards on the ground.

After the Wolves put together a six-play drive that ended in a Zak Perrods one-yard touchdown, the Spartans needed only 1:35 to add another touchdown. McGraw picked up a first down with a 14-yard run then threw a 25-yard pass to Quincy Redmon to extend the lead to 28-8.

Redmon caught three passes for 81 yards and provided even more senior leadership for Bishop Walsh.

“What happened this week was hard on everyone,” said Allen. “It was hardest on the players, though, but they refused to let themselves be distracted. You can give a lot of credit to the seniors for keeping everything together.”

John Paul scored its second touchdown with just under five minutes to play before halftime, and Conroy scored on his 8-yard run with 2:06 left as the Spartans led 36-16 at halftime.

In the third quarter, Conroy scored from seven yards out and Rhodes caught his third TD from McGraw.

McGraw added his running touchdown early in the fourth quarter after switching from quarterback to running back to accommodate more substitutions.

McGraw took the ball on a sweep to the visitor’s sideline before reversing his field to come back toward his bench and cutting up past a group of Wolves’ defenders to cover 52 yards.

McGraw accounted for 63 percent of the Spartans’ 453 yards and outgained the entire pack of Wolves 284-277.

John Paul added a score with 32 seconds remaining to bring the final score to 55-24.

The Spartans (8-1) can tie the school record for most wins in a season when it visits Randolph-Macon (Va.) on Saturday at 1 p.m. John Paul the Great (2-7) finishes the season at home on Saturday against Bishop Ireton.

Chris Appel is a sportswriter for the Times-News. Contact him at cappel@times-news.com

1
Text Only
Football
  • SPTS-FBN-Rams-YouthPlays.jpg Rams rebuilding job leans heavily on kids

    Training camp opened with 62 players age 24 or younger, many of them front-liners. The Rams are counting on the kids to grow up fast and lead the way for a franchise seeking its first winning season since 2003.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Stags try to ford Rivermen

    The Western Maryland Stags, a semi-pro football team of the Mason Dixon Football League, will play their third game today, 7 p.m., at Greenway Avenue Stadium against the North Neck Rivermen.

    July 25, 2014

  • Stags search for first victory

    The Western Maryland Stags, a semi-pro football team of the Mason Dixon Football League, will play their second game today, 7 p.m., at Greenway Avenue Stadium against the Arbutus Big Red.

    July 19, 2014

  • FBN-ChuckNoll-QuoteBox.jpg Past players, co-workers remember Hall of Fame coach

    “Chuck Noll’s passing is more than the loss of the man who created Steeler Nation. It is the passing of a husband, a father, and a wise and steady counselor to a generation of players and employees of the most storied franchise in football." — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and first lady Susan Corbett.

    June 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPTS-FBN-Obit-ChuckNoll.jpg Steelers' Hall of Fame coach Chuck Noll dies

    Chuck Noll died Friday night at his home. He was 82.

    June 14, 2014 3 Photos

  • SPTS-US-Obama Seahawks.jpg Obama salutes Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks

    “As a guy who was elected president named Barack Obama, I root for the underdog,” the president joked.

    May 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPTS-FBN-Browns Manziel.jpg Browns QB Johnny Manziel: ‘I’m just a rookie’
    With all eyes — well, at least the ones allowed to watch him — on quarterback Johnny Manziel, the most hyped college player to enter the NFL in years took his first steps with the Browns, who haven’t promised Johnny Football anything other than a chance to win a starting job.
    And that’s cool with him.

    May 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Boise State gets OK to help homeless player

    Antoine Turner said in an interview that he’s recently been living in a motel, along with a car belonging to his girlfriend, as he finishes up classes at Fullerton College in California.

    May 15, 2014

  • SPTS-FBN-Ravens Mosley.jpg Ravens take Urban, then get offensive in draft

    GM Ozzie Newsome started Saturday’s session by taking Virginia defensive end Brent Urban in the fourth round. At the point, four of Baltimore’s first five picks were designed to improve a defense that ranked 12th in the NFL last year.

    May 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPTS-FBN-Redskins Moses.jpg Redskins select 5 more players
    Griffin: “We’re gonna get that excitement back. ... We’re gonna win.”
     

    May 11, 2014 1 Photo

Latest news
Facebook
Must Read
House Ads