Philadelphia High School Football

A Look at Bob Cullman's 25-Year
Coaching Career at Central High

  This page includes stories, special lists, record breakdown, recaps of wins in championship
games and the names of All-Public/All-City honorees during Coach Cullman's 25 seasons.
 . . .
To provide additions/ Thanks!
  PLEASE NOTE: Bob was also Central's baseball coach for 30 seasons (1968-97). Some
details for that part of his career are at the very bottom of this page.
  Thanks to Robert Del Femine ('76) for his help. 

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Central's Vic Bellamy, coached by Bob Cullman and shown here in 1980, advanced to the NFL.

Bob Cullman; here coaching baseball

Coach Cullman's
All-City Players:

Derick Gallman Rec. 1973
Frank Armstrong L 1975
Bob Keels Rec. 1975
Joe Stellabotte RB 1975
Mike Wisher DL 1976
Vic Bellamy Rec. 1980
Greg Watson L 1981
Kenyatta Rush DL 1985
Rich Drayton Rec. 1985
Rich Drayton Rec. 1986
Jon Ford L 1986
Jerrod Washington MP 1988
Mark Hrubar L 1988
Roman McDonald MP 1991
Quentin Fuller L 1993
Raheem Islam DL 1996
Joe Whalen T 1972
Don Alecxih L 1974
Bob Keels E 1974
John Long L 1975
Pete Gualtieri LB 1977
Al Twyman DE 1979
Mark Ross L 1979
Marc DeBeary Rec. 1982
Lance Adams LB 1985
Jason Lewis DB 1985
Tyson Price LB 1987
Sundiata Rush RB 1988
Lavord Burns DB 1977
Ivan O'Connor DE 1978
Scott Glenn DL 1980
Pete Stolzer C 1980
Dennis Golden DB 1980
Jimmy Wilson RB 1983
Jon Irvine Rec. 1984
Mike Roche QB 1985
Mike Roche QB 1986
Robert Irlan LB 1989
Roman McDonald MP 1990
Sean Ryan LB 1996


Bob Cullman
Tribute Page

  Bob Cullman coached Central's football team for 25 seasons (1972-96), winning 163 games and three Public League championships. In 1985, the Lancers overcame a late blunder to  edge George Washington, 18-17, for Bob's second title. Here is that story . . .

By Ted Silary

  Mike Roche, Central High's talented junior quarterback, resides in Southwest Philadelphia.
  If the gaffe Roche committed late in the Public League football championship game had caused Central to lose, however, you would not have found him Saturday night in the Southwest, the Northeast or any other sector of the city.
  In fact, your search might have extended beyond the five-county area.
  "Down in the dumps. In isolation. That's where I would have been," Roche said, after the Lancers defeated George Washington, 18-17, for their first championship since 1974. "I'd have been with bears. In the woods." 
  Observers and opposing coaches long have believed that the surest way to register a big-game win over Central is to stay close deep into the fourth quarter, then watch the Lancers disintegrate.
  That credo almost proved correct again.
  After Keith Singleton's 7-yard pass to Sean McAleer (Charles Wiggins blocked the conversion) brought Washington within 18-15, Central had only to melt away 49 seconds after Dennis Barnes recovered the onsides kick on the 37.
  Not wanting to chance a handoff, coach Bob Cullman instructed Roche to run keepers and, above all, stay in bounds, mindful that Washington could only twice more stop the clock with timeouts.
  First down: Roche kept right and lost 4 yards, Washington called time at 0:41. Second down: Roche kept left and gained 1 yard, but inexplicably allowed himself to be pushed out of bounds at 0:35. Third down: Roche kept right and lost 16 yards, Washington called time at 0:26. Fourth down: Roche retreated 18 yards into the end zone and knelt for an intentional safety at 0:18.
  Singleton returned Ray Dimmler's free-kick kickoff 14 yards to Central's 48, then threw incomplete to the left sideline looking for a medium-sized gain that would have given Rick Pohl a field goal shot. Next, Singleton heaved a bomb intercepted by Jason Lewis on the 1 as time ran out.
  "The whole time, I was terrified," Roche said. "I kept thinking, 'What if that (blunder) means the game?' "
  Such a development would have been unfortunate, as it was the offensive balance provided all season by Roche's throwing that ultimately meant championship for the Lancers. 

  continued below . . .

Public League / Overall
1972: 5-1 / 5-2-1
1973: 6-2 / 6-2
1974: 8-0 / 10-2-1
1975: 6-2 / 7-5
1976: 6-0 / 8-2
1977: 6-0 / 6-4
1978: 4-2 / 5-4
1979: 5-1 / 8-3
1980: 6-0 / 7-2
*1981: None / 3-1
1982: 5-1 / 6-4
1983: 5-1 / 6-4
1984: 6-0 / 8-2-1
1985: 6-0 / 10-0
1986: 6-0 / 9-2
1987: 3-2 / 6-4
1988: 5-0 / 11-0
1989: 4-1 / 6-3-1
1990: 3-2 / 7-2
1991: 2-3 / 6-5
1992: 2-3 / 6-4
1993: 2-3 / 4-6
1994: 3-2 / 6-5
1995: 2-3 / 4-6
#1996: 1-3 / 3-4
Total: 108-36 / 163-78=4
*-tournament followed
teachers' straike
#took medical leave
after 7 total games 
Appearances Ended in  . . .
Quarterfinals (1)
Semifinals (4)
1976, 1977, 1982, 1986
Finals (6)
1974, 1979, 1980,
1984, 1985, 1988

(Italics: '74 or '75 season)
Joe Stellabotte 1,679 '75
Jimmy Wilson 1,133 '83
Sundiata Rush 1,086 '88
Jerrod Washington 1,020 '88
Jerrod Washington 869 '87
Todd Richardson 829 '90
Frank Lundy 798 '92
Bryant Davis 792 '96
Bob Fecanain 789 '74
Ernest Hines 757 '94
Robert Irlan 744 '89
Omar Barlow 733 '93
Mike Roche 1,313 '86
Bob Santore 1,058 '75
Mike Roche 1,046 '85
Daryl Payton 1,026 '74
Donatien Adams 850 '87
Bob Keels 662 '74
Bob Keels 656 '75
Rich Drayton 600 '85
Rich Drayton 570 '86
Ray Navarro 472 '87

   Cullman several times in the past promised to open up his run-at-all-costs offense, but failed to deliver. This year, he
finally realized that footballs were meant to fly, at least occasionally, and Roche and junior Rich Drayton blossomed into one
of the league's better-ever combos.
  Roche-to-Drayton hookups of 23 and 38 yards were instrumental in Central's first and third scoring drives, while a 34-yard
halfback pass from Averell Stith to Billy Henry set up the second.
  "Last year, (Cullman) said we'd throw like crazy and we didn't. He didn't say anything this year and we threw pretty
much," Roche said, laughing. "I guess that was the key. He didn't say it, so we did it."
  In the past five years, the racial composition of Central's football team has undergone a gradual change from a 50-50 blend
of blacks and whites (including a heavy dose of Italians from South Philadelphia) to almost totally black, especially among
those who receive meaningful playing time.
  If Roche, who is white and lives in the section where racial tensions have brought about a state of emergency, maintained
the racial prejudices of some of his neighbors, and if his teammates knew he maintained them, the situation could have
gotten downright ugly the past few weeks.
  "Black, white. That stuff doesn't affect me," Mike said. "The younger generation isn't involved in that stuff, at least not
the people I know. It's people in their 30s and 40s. They're so used to things being a certain way.
  "West Catholic's the main school around me. Scott Thompson and Albie Crosby (black football players for West) live
around me. Nobody bothers them. Kids ask, 'What's it like playing at Central?' I say, 'Those guys are big and talented and
we get along great. That's all I care about.' "
  Speaking of care, Roche, along with Drayton, recently showed that in another area.
  The coaches' All-Public team is compiled on an allotment basis, with each division champion receiving six spots, the
runner-up five and so forth down the standings. Roche and Drayton rank among Central's top five players, along with
 two-way lineman Kenyatta Rush, linebacker Lance Adams and fullback Adrian Smith, but they told Cullman not to pick
them All-Public.
  "We have a lot of good seniors," Roche said. "The more seniors we have make All-Public, the more they have a chance to
get chosen for the City All- Star Game. It wouldn't have done us any good. We would have just been names on a list.
  "Now, if a senior can get into that game and play well, he may get a scholarship. I'll be up in the stands, watching and
cheering. I'll play next year."
  He'll throw, too. Perhaps very often.
  TITLE TIDBITS: Central owns a perfect season (10-0, counting forfeit win over William Penn) for the first time since
at least the mid-1920s. "We had a team of doers, not screamin' demons," Bob Cullman said . . . Adrian Smith (30 carries,
98 yards) scored two touchdowns, Mike Roche the other . . . Washington scored three plays into the game on a 66-yard
screen pass from Keith Singleton to Cleon Jones . . . With 6:27 left, Singleton was temporarily knocked out of the game
on a late hit that moved the ball to the 9. The efforts of Kenyatta Rush and Lance Adams helped the Lancers hold, as
did an ineligible receiver call on third down, and Rick Pohl (successful earlier from 43 yards) missed a 35-yard field goal.

This story was written after Bob steered Central to the 1988 Pub championship . . .

By Ted Silary
  Fran Schnering ended his scholastic basketball career three years ago, after spending a frustrating season on Central
High's junior varsity.
  "The guy who controlled the ball would never pass," he said. "I didn't like that one-man-offense stuff."
  Funny. During this just-completed football season, Schnering, as the quarterback, controlled the ball for Central and
he never passed, either. At least not much. By design.
  "There was hardly ever a need, not with the way Jerrod (Washington) and 'Sundi' (Sundiata Rush) can run,"
Schnering said. "Our game plan didn't call for it."
  Then came Saturday, and the Public League championship game at Northeast High. Again, the running of Washington
(23 carries, 92 yards, 1 touchdown) and Rush (18-51) accounted for much of the offense in a 14-6 victory over George
Washington that enabled Central to finish unbeaten (11-0) for the second time in four years.
  But the running game didn't account for all of the offense. Schnering, a 6-1, 185-pound senior, completed 7 of 10
passes for 89 yards and the game's first touchdown, a 33-yarder to Eric Mobley. He also completed a two-point pass
to Derrick Smith following Washington's 7-yard, third-quarter TD scamper.
  "I knew I had the ability to throw," said Schnering, who for the season completed 32 of 72 passes for 652 yards and
7 TDs. "It was a matter of getting the call. The chance was there today."
  "We knew we could throw, but nobody would believe me," said coach Bob Cullman. "I kept saying we had a
quarterback and receivers. If we had to throw, we could throw. We could play with anyone (using that approach).
  "After the day Fran had today, there's no telling what level of college ball he could play. He threw the eyes out of the
ball. Did you see that one play, where the snap went over his head, he picked the ball up, then threw it blind exactly to
he guy he was supposed to throw it to? What a play. That's the kind of athlete he is."
  Schnering's 1987 season consisted of 1 1/2 games. He split time at quarterback in the opener, then ran the show in
the Thanksgiving game with Northeast after the original starter had become academically ineligible.
  In between?
  "He hurt his knee, then disappeared," Cullman said. "He wasn't around at all."
  "It was a strain," said Schnering, a South Philadelphia resident and CYO basketball all-star. "Temple Sports Medicine
had me in a cast for five days, then told me to stay off it. Hardly being able to play made for a frustrating year.
  "When I played football for EOM (South Philly youth organization), I was a center. But when I came to Central, I
tried out for quarterback because I knew I had a strong enough arm."
Washington scored on Jim Wark's 10-yard pass to soph Doug Tulley with 10:09 left . . . The Eagles again threatened
with less than two minutes left, but Bernard Brown intercepted Wark's pass on Central's 7 and ripped off a 48-yard
return . . . Bob Cullman: "No one can say we played patsies. We defeated four teams from Division A (Frankford,
Lincoln, Northeast, Washington)." . . . Fran Schnering: "Coach Cullman said all year, 'The only thing that can beat us
is us.' "

This story was written after Bob won his first PL crown in 1974 . . .


  Below are the players who earned first team Coaches' All-Public honors during Bob
25 seasons as the coach at Central.
Name Pos. Year Name Pos. Year
Joe Whalen T 1972 Ray Vaughan L 1984
Ron Porter QB 1972 Kurt Wikiera L 1984
Jacques Blackman DL 1972 Bob Kilroy L 1984
Frank Playo DB 1972 Jon Irvine Rec. 1984
Chris Jehlowski G 1973 Keith Hodges RB 1984
Derick Gallman E 1973 John Barber LB 1984
Larry Wiacek DE  1973 Billy Edwards L 1985
Quinton Newcombe DB 1973 David Rosario Rec. 1985
Bob Keels E 1974 Adrian Smith RB 1985
Daryl Payton B 1974 Kenyatta Rush DL 1985
Bob Fecanin B 1974 Lance Adams LB 1985
John Long K 1974 Jason Lewis DB 1985
Mark Sydow LB 1974 Rich Drayton Rec. 1986
Frank Armstrong L 1975 Dennis Barnes Rec. 1986
John Long L 1975 Oscar Turner Rec. 1986
Bob Keels E 1975 Mike Roche QB 1986
Joe Stellabotte RB 1975 Jon Ford LB 1986
Nick Peppinelli L 1976 John White DB 1986
Joe LaRussa RB 1976 Jorge Moyett L 1987
Mike Wisher DL 1976 Jerrod Washington RB 1987
David Eggleston DL 1976 Tyson Price LB 1987
Pete Gualtieri LB 1976 Earl Gamble LB 1987
Steve Metzinger L 1977 Jerrod Washington B 1988
Roy Sherrod L 1977 Sundiata Rush B 1988
Jeff Chapman E 1977 Derrick Smith B 1988
Pete Gualtieri B 1977 Mark Hrubar L 1988
Lavord Burns B 1977 Eric Mobley L 1988
Dwayne Wilson DB 1977 Manny Williams L 1988
Kurtis Todd RB 1978 Robert Irlan RB 1989
Ivan O'Connor DL 1978 James Armington DL 1989
Alan Peaks DL 1978 John Iacobacci LB 1989
George Godfrey LB 1978 Bill "Scooter" Sedgwick DB 1989
Joe Carlini L 1979 Josh Todd L 1990
Al Twyman Rec. 1979 Todd Richardson RB 1990
Dave Wasson QB 1979 Warren Hilton DL 1990
Scott Glenn DL 1979 Roman McDonald RB 1991
Mark Ross DL 1979 Richard Cubbage RB 1991
Scott Glenn L 1980 Tyson Bellamy LB 1991
Pete Stolzer L 1980 Chris Camburn K 1991
Vic Bellamy Rec. 1980 Marc Wilson RB 1992
Joel Murphy QB 1980 Frank Lundy RB 1992
Nick Silenok DL 1980 Walt Campbell DL 1992
Dennis Golden DB 1980 Quentin Fuller L-DL 1993
Greg Watson L 1981 Brian Smith LB 1993
Vernon Robinson L 1981 Omar Barlow RB-LB 1993
Cordell Chapman RB 1981 Robin Pitt L 1994
Bill Cullman LB 1981 Lamar Kennedy L 1994
Kent Cooke L 1982 Ernest Hines RB 1994
Dave Rodden L 1982 Akhnaton Browne RB 1995
Marc DeBeary Rec. 1982 Khalif Stripling L 1995
Brian Davis LB 1982 Jeff Riley LB 1995
Darren Tatom DB 1982 Sean Ryan RB-LB 1996
David Chapman L 1983 Raheem Islam Rec.-DL 1996
Jimmy Wilson RB 1983      
Curt Bellamy DL 1983      
Mike Vaughan LB 1983      
Terry Williams DB 1983      

Recaps of Wins in Public League Championship Games

At Northeast
Central 16, Frankford 12
    With 1:06 left, Frank Armstrong and Harold Watson combined to block a punt and Ken Goode recovered for Central on Frankford's 19. Backup QB Durwood Hankinson, inserted at halfback by coach Bob Cullman, then completed a 19-yard pass to Stanley Hendrickson to win it. Goode scored the Lancers' first TD on an 82-yard kickoff return. QB Daryl Payton ran for both conversions. For Frankford, Dan Oldfield rushed 10 times for 60 yards while Lee Felice had two interceptions and two sacks and blocked a punt.
At Northeast
Central 18, Washington 17
    After mismanaging the clock, Central opted to take an intentional safety with 18 seconds remaining and then held on as Jason Lewis intercepted a pass on the 1 on the game's final play. Adrian Smith rushed 30 times for 98 yards and two TDs while Mike Roche passed 7-for-13 for 95 yards and ran 1 yard for a score. Rich Drayton added 78 yards on four catches. For Washington, Keith Singleton passed 6-for-14 for 127 yards and TDs to Cleon Jones and Sean McAleer (16 tackles) and Rick Pohl kicked a 43-yard field goal.
At Northeast
Central 14, Washington 6
    Fran Schnering, an afterthought much of the season, passed 7-for-10 for 89 yards and a 33-yard TD to Eric Mobley as Central finished unbeaten for the second time in four years. Jerrod Washington (23-92, TD) and Sundiata Rush (18-51) led the rushing attack. For Washington, Jim Wark completed 6 of 14 passes for 64 yards and a TD to Doug Tuley, but was intercepted by Bernard Brown on Central's 7 with just under 2 minutes left.

Recaps of Wins in Public League Championship Games

At Temple's Erny Field
Central 11, Southern 1
    Bill Zitomer pitched a three-hitter (all singles) and John Sykes, the No. 8 hitter, went 2-for-3 with three RBI as the Lancers won their first title since 1956. Bob Santore had six assists at shortstop. Sub Bob Kinch had Southern's lone RBI on a bases-loaded walk.
At La Salle University
Central 7, Frankford 6
    After losing twice in finals, 10 times in semis and three times in quarterfinals, Central finally won a title (its first since 1976) as Marc Priest (four innings), Chuck McCaffrey (1 1/3) and soph Joe Dugan did the pitching. Chris Whittle had a three-run triple off the leftfield fence. Priest and Dugan halved four hits.
At La Salle University
Central 4, Washington 3
    Joe Dugan allowed 11 hits, but went the distance. First baseman Rob Mayer had a two-run single, but dropped a relay throw that should have resulted in a game-ending doubleplay. Ryan "Rusty" Share and Mark Roque followed with RBI singles and losing pitcher Jordan Nicgorski sent a screaming liner to third baseman Walt Campbell for the last out. 


Lineups of Public League Champions
Mike Soper, c
Bob Santore, ss
Stan Hendrickson, cf
Matt Melone, 1b
Bill Zitomer, p
Steve Schwartz, lf
Frank Armstrong, rf
John Sykes, 3b
Andy Hogg, 2b
Ron Jones, ss
Joe Dugan, cf
Marc Priest, p
Chuck McCaffrey, lf
Chris Camburn, rf
Chris Whittle, c
Chuck Meissler, 2b
Chuck Rivel, 1b
Walt Campbell, 3b
Michael Tatom, rf
Ron Jones, cf
Joe Dugan, p
Walt Campbell, 3b
Rob Mayer, 1b
Mike Shaughnessy, lf
Chuck Meissler, 2b
Tony Schimony, ss
John Matta, dh
  Pat Carney, c

Below are primary honorees during Bob Cullman's 30 seasons (1968-97) as
the baseball coach at Central. Coaches' All-Public throughout (where available)
and Daily News All-City (1978-forward)
NOTE: First team DN All-Public honoree in 1978 was Joe Starosta (P); First
team DN All-Public honorees in 1980 were Vic Condora (1B) and John
Marzano (3B).

Unavailable '68/'71/'76/'78/'80     John Marzano C 1980
Charles Jackson OF 1969 John Marzano C 1981
Nick Busillo OF 1970 Rich Danson P 1983
Warren McAllister SS 1972 Rich Fernandez OF 1987
Tom Meahl SS 1973 Jason Lavala P 1988
Ron Porter OF 1973 Jim Krzywicki OF 1989
Bob Santore SS 1974 Joe Dugan OF 1994
Steve Martynenko OF 1974 Joe Dugan OF 1994
Bob Santore SS 1975 Tim Greco INF 1996
Stan Hendrickson OF 1975 SECOND TEAM ALL-CITY
Bill Zitomer P 1975 Allen Taylor OF 1979
Bill Zitomer OF 1977 Joe Coccia INF 1984
Joe Starosta OF 1977 Rich Fernandez P 1986
John Marzano 3B 1979 Jim Aversa 1B 1989
Allen Taylor OF 1979 Marc Priest OF 1992
Bob Marra 1B 1981 Bob Dintino OF 1997
John Marzano C 1981 THIRD TEAM ALL-CITY
Leon Midgette OF 1981 Joe Starosta P 1978
Dan D'Imperio OF 1982 Frank Santore INF 1979
Joe Coccia 2B 1983 Vic Condora 1B 1980
Dan D'Imperio OF 1983 Leon Midgette OF 1981
Rich Danson P 1983 Dan D'Imperio OF 1983
Mark Thiboldeaux 1B 1984 Mike Vaughan OF 1984
Vince Pinto 2B 1984 Jordan Hesbacher DH 1986
Pete Kosofsky C 1984 Jim Krzywicki INF 1988
Mike Vaughan OF 1984 Marc Priest OF 1991
Joe Coccia P 1984 Chuck McCaffrey OF 1992
Ken Ridolfi 2B 1985 Walt Campbell INF 1993
Vince Pinto C 1985 Joe Dugan OF 1993
Jordan Hesbacher OF 1986 Tony Schimony INF 1995
Rich Fernandez P 1986      
Rich Fernandez P 1987      
Jim Krzywicki OF 1988      
Jim Krzywicki OF 1989      
Jim Aversa DH 1989      
Marc Priest OF 1991      
Marc Priest OF 1992      
Chuck McCaffrey DH 1992      
Chris Sedwick P 1992      
Walt Campbell 3B 1993      
Joe Dugan DH 1993      
Tony Schimony INF 1994      
Joe Dugan OF 1994      
Tim Greco INF 1996      
Bob Dintino OF 1996      
Matt Ward INF 1997      
Bob Dintino OF 1997      
Pete Whittle P 1997      

This story was written after in 1993 Bob guided the Lancers to a second
consecutive PL crown . . .

By Ted Silary
  Joe Dugan and baseball championship games are not exactly a match made in health heaven.
  After earning a save last June when Central edged Frankford, 7-6, for the Public League title, Dugan missed
an entire summer of outside competition with shoulder woes that later required surgery.
  Yesterday at La Salle University, in the fourth inning of an entertaining, title-game battle between the Lancers
and George Washington, Dugan aggravated a muscle pull in his left thigh while legging out a double.
  By game's end, the junior lefthander was nearly a candidate for heart-bypass surgery.
  Central won, 4-3, but not before Dugan surrendered two unearned runs in the top of the seventh after first
baseman Rob Mayer dropped the ball on what should have been a game-ending, doubleplay relay throw from
second baseman Chuck Meissler.
  Ryan "Rusty" Share and Mark Roque followed the miscue with run-scoring singles, then losing pitcher Jordan
Nicgorski rocketed a low line drive at third baseman Walt Campbell.
  When Campbell caught the screamer, he ended Central's mushrooming consternation.
  "Oh, man. They were hitting me that last inning," Dugan said. "I was beginning to . . . "
  His voice trailed off. Was he beginning to wonder? Have doubts? Fear the worst?
  "It was getting tough," he said, smiling.
  Imagine how Mayer felt.
  "I was thinking, 'If they come back, the entire team is going to be on me, even the coaches,' " said Mayer,
whose two-run single provided a 2-0 lead in the fourth. "But I felt confident that (Dugan) was going to get us
out of it.
  "I kind of wanted the ball hit to me. I wanted to get the last out myself."
  In last year's title game, Dugan pitched hitless ball over 1 2/3 innings to save Marc Priest's win.
  The next time he tried to throw, he experienced pain that no salve hawked by Joe Namath was going to relieve.
The initial diagnosis was tendinitis and Dugan was told to avoid baseball for the next three months while sticking
to an exercise program. When the pain did not subside, arthroscopic surgery was performed last October by Dr.
John Kelly, of Temple University's Sports Medicine Centers.
  "It wasn't full-scale," Dugan said. "Some ligaments were loose in there."
  Dugan began a soft-toss program in January and was able to serve the Lancers as a hitter and fielder by the
start of the season. He missed about one month of pitching, however.
  "We brought him along slow," said coach Bob Cullman. "He made one start (before the playoffs). He was
mostly our closer."
  Entering play yesterday, Dugan was 1-0 with three saves and no ERA. In fact, he had allowed no runs at all in
23 1/3 innings. He'd yielded seven hits and two walks while recording 38 strikeouts.
  Dugan walked one Eagle (and hit one), was limited to three strikeouts and yielded 11 hits. But he stranded nine
runners, including five in scoring position.
  "I came over here on Sunday with my brother, Jim," Dugan said. "I wanted to get used to the mound. This one
has soft dirt. Central's is much harder."
  The muscle pull occurred last Saturday as Dugan ran down a fly ball while playing the outfield for the
Loudenslager American Legion team.
  With one out in the fourth, Dugan ended Nicgorski's no-hit bid with his double. He pulled up lame as he neared
second base, then gave way to pinch- runner Brian Cammarota under the re-entry rule.
  "It bothered me the rest of the way," Joe said. "If I could not have pushed off the mound, I would not have
  Said Cullman: "When you aggravate a pull like that, it hurts like crazy at first. If you don't sit down, you can
usually go with it a while. But I'm sure he'll be feeling it (today)."
  After Dugan doubled, Campbell sent a popup into shallow centerfield that fell for a double. Cammarota had to
play it safe and only got as far as third. Next, Washington coach Joe O'Hara went with a five-man infield.
  Rightfielder Frank Grabon moved to third base and third baseman Roque and first baseman Share crept to within
30 feet of the plate. Also, the middle infielders, shortstop Keith Kabrhel and second baseman Mike Curry, moved
onto the grass.
  Mayer slashed a two-run single to center.
  "I thought Mr. Cullman might have me bunt," Mayer said. "I was happy when I looked down and he said,
'C'mon, Rob, hit the ball! ' I guess they were expecting a bunt.
  "There were so many open spaces out there. If I got my bat on the ball, it had a chance to go through. I just
wanted to make sure I didn't strike out."
  Said Cullman: "I wasn't bunting. No way. Rob doesn't strike out much. In fact, he usually makes hard contact. To
move everyone around like that, they gave it to us."
  Washington scored in the fifth on catcher Terry Burstein's RBI double, but Central negated that run in the bottom
half as rightfielder Michael Tatom lifted a sacrifice fly. Meissler and a one-hop throw from leftfielder Derryck
Cromwell arrived just about simultaneously. Burstein could not hold the ball as his glove popped off and O'Hara got
nowhere when he contended that Meissler should have been called out for not sliding (per National Federation rules).
  The Lancers scored a free run in the sixth. With one out and the bases loaded, Meissler hammered a ground ball
to Roque. Dugan, having been told by Cullman not to risk further injury, was only trotting home and would have
been an easy out, but Roque fired the ball wide-left to the screen. Campbell, running through a stop sign, also tried
to score, but was thrown out Burstein to Nicgorski. Tony Schimony grounded out to end the inning.
  Soon, it would be time for Mayer to almost melt in embarrassment.
  "I took my eye off the throw for a second," he said. "I started to celebrate too soon."
  At least he got a second chance.