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cape Gazette SPORTS & OUTDOORS TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23- THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2008 37 Eagles stuff Steelers 15-6 By Dave Frederick fred The Eagles' 15-6 win over the Steelers last Sunday was straight up lame for a late afternoon Sun- day showcase. A touchdown was scored by Correll Buckhal- ter, now in his eighth season out of Nebraska, at 9".31 of the second quarter making Donovon Mc- Nabb the leading touchdown passer in Eagles history with 176. "That's great to look back and reflect on a body of work," McN- abb said. "But the focus is now this season. I really believe that we can surprise people this year." McNabb finished the game with 196 yards and a touch- down and took a couple series off in the third quarter to get checked out for a bruised chest. Hank Baskett was the go-to guy catching eight balls for 85 yards, while Correl Buckhalter had 44 yards rushing and 43 re- ceiving. The Steelers' Ben Roethlis- berger was sacked nine times, in- cluding coughing up the ball for a fourth-quarter safety. Buckhalter said of his defense, "We can't thank them enough for the way they played," but he just as easily could have been talking about the Steelers offense. Big Ben managed 131 yards passing on 13-for-25, but starting rtmning back Willie Parker was limited to 20 yards rushing on 13 carries while the entire stable of runners could only amass 33 yards on the ground. The Eagles weren't much better, rushing for 65 yards with five different guys touching the football. Rather than a game categorized as a de- fdnsive struggle it was more an offensive struggle. Somebody got it handed to them all right and it was the offensive scheme of the Steelers who host the 2-0 no-of- fense Ravens next Monday night. Las Vegas ironically is awarding no points in the early betting. The Eagles travel to 1-2 Chica- go, another team with no offense, and are 3 point favorites. The Bears lost to Tampa Bay at home in overtime 27-24 and have scored 70 points in three games compared to the Eagles who have scored 90. DAN COOK PHOTOS "118115  PASS from Donovan McNabb to Correll Buckhal- ter made McNabb the franchise leader with 176 TD strikes. Above right, Eagles de- fenders Trent Cole (58) and Brian Dawkins sack Steeler quarterback Ben Roethlis- berger. Below, Buckhalter, subbing for an injured Brian Westbrook, gains some valuable yards. Cape Continued from page 34 the _football." Kyle Norwood held onto the ball for Cape, rushing for more than 100 yards and a touchdown and freshman Brandon Lewis had 90 yards and one touch- down. "We have a host of runners and this week Kyle ran for over 100 and Brandon for over 90 and Brent for over 70. Vazquez gives you positive yardage every time he touches the ball. "I think it's pretty neat to how four different kids touch the ball," McDowell said. Milford took advantage of a short field wind at its backs to open the second half taking a drive 37 yards with Brandon leGrande scoring on a 9-yard touchdown run. Legrand came back with a - yard "can't nobody catch him" touchdown to close 12 to 12 with 253 in the third quarter. Any and all extra points and runs failed to convert entering the fourth quar- ter of a tie game. Cape remained composed and continued to move the football scoring on a f'rce-ym'cl Kyle Nor- wood touchdown run and a Ryan Goodwin extra point to surge in front 19 to 12 with 6:13 left to play. Brandon Lewis later scored from inside the 10 as Cape went on to win 26-18 for its fn'st victo- ry of the season. "We felt our O-line was getting better and better each week," said McDoweE "Last week against Delmar we ran for over 250 yards and this week we ran over 300 but with- out the fumbles. Fumbles have been killing us this year and we didn't put the ball on the ground. at alL" Sacks, interception00 pace Ravens past Cleveland, 28q0 B,/I00an Ilav00 : The more things change, the more they stay the same for the Baltimore Ravens. Despite a new coach, new quarterback and new offensive co- ordinator, the formula for success remains the same: power run- ning and bruising defense. The Ravens improved to 2-0 on the young season with a 28-10 win over the winless Cleveland Browns in front of a sellout crowd at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium. Le'Ron McClain rushed for 68 yards and a pair of 1-yard touch- downs and Willis McGahee returned to the lineup to add 65 yards and a 5-yard touchdown, as the Ravens piled up 151 yards on the ground. Rookie quarterback Joe Flacco (Delaware) looked a bit more like.a rookie in his second career start, com- pleting 13 passes out of 19 attempts for 129 yards but with two in- terceptions. However, the story of this game was the Ravens defense, which harassed Browns quarterback Derek Anderson to the tune of fwe sacks and three interceptions. Down 10-7 in the second half, the momentum shifted when Anderson threw over the middie for tight end Kellen W'mslow, who then took a thunderous hit from linebacker Ray Lewis. The ball popped in the air and cornerback Chris McAlister picked it ofl returned it to the Cleveland 12-yard line and four plays later, MeClain scored his fLrSt touchdown. "I had e opportunity to go for the interception or go for the i hit. I didn t thiii he was going to throw it but lae did," Lewis said. over the middle and was picked offbysafety Ed Reed, who ran it back 32 yards for a touchdown to up the Ravens' lead to 21-10. Af- ter forcing another Browns three-and-out, the next Ravens of_ fensive drive led to McClain's second touchdown to finish the scoring, The defense held the Browns to 169 total yards, including just 96 through the air. Former Raven lamal  was held to 56 yanis on 12 carries. Cornerback Samari Rolle said, 'ks always Rex (defensive co- ordinator Rex Ryan)came up with a great scheme;it was just a matter of  out and executing it," Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata said, "we tr to stop their run first and make them a one-dimensional team. We tried to stop lama1 Lewis early and make e,, pass and in the second half pretty much all they did was p .. a: Browns coach Romeo Crennel said, I was hoping for a lot bet- ter than what we showed, They just beat us. We have to make better decLqions on the football field and try not to do the that hurt us. Because right now, from the result of that second we're not a very good football team." :showdown with di-