Mack Takes Roxborough To Playoffs

Posted: November 09, 1991

Gerald "Scotty" Mack left yesterday's Public League Division B showdown at Central with less uniform than he started with, but the Roxborough running back never looked better.

The 5-foot-7, 155-pound senior rushed for 232 yards and two touchdowns as Roxborough clinched a playoff berth with a 29-0 thrashing of the Lancers.

The victory puts Roxborough (6-2 overall, 4-1 league) into a quarterfinal game at Martin Luther King, the Division C champion, on Friday.

Mack began the day with three blue letters (M-A-C) clinging to the Velcro nameplate on the back of his white game jersey. By the time twilight had settled over the field, the letters were gone and the nameplate was hanging by a thread.

"I lost the 'K' a few weeks ago," said Mack with a laugh after the game. ''Last week, against Germantown, I had almost the whole left side of my jersey ripped open. It might not look good, but at least you can tell that I played."

There was no way to ignore Mack's appearance yesterday, which became apparent on the Indians' first possession of the game. After quarterback Chris Sedgwick's option keeper resulted in no gain, Mack took a handoff and sprinted outside to the right corner, then tightroped the sideline 71 yards for a touchdown.

Central (4-4, 2-3) never recovered.

A questionable pass-interference penalty against Central, which sent Lancers coach Bob Cullman into a game-long rage, aided a six-play, 46-yard scoring drive in the second quarter. On the play in question, the Lancers were flagged for interference on a screen pass that was actually caught by an ineligible receiver - Roxborough right tackle James Tyler. Three plays later, halfback Tahkumba Hodge plowed 2 yards into the end zone to give the Indians a 14-0 lead.

The play that really broke the Lancers, however, came with five seconds remaining in the half. The Indians used a little razzle-dazzle, with Ken Couser throwing a halfback-option pass to Robert Owens for a 19-yard touchdown. Hodge added the conversion run, sending Central into the locker room facing a 22-0 deficit.

"We were going to do whatever it took to win this game," said Roxborough coach Cliff Hubbard. "I felt Central had too many weapons not to come back (in the second half). We wanted to come out strong in the third quarter and not let them back into the game."

The Lancers continued to struggle offensively in the second half, and it was left to Mack to close out the scoring. After turning a stutter-step behind the line of scrimmage into a 40-yard run earlier in the fourth quarter, Mack

closed the book on Central by scampering 3 yards around left end for the final TD with 25 seconds remaining in the game.

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