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DETROIT’S 3RD QB IS THE CHARM

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Rick Strom, the third Detroit quarterback, guided the Lions to three scores in a five-minute span of the fourth quarter Friday night en route to a 34-25 exhibition victory over the Washington Redskins.

The Redskins (1-1) overcame a 17-6 second-quarter deficit and took their first lead at 19-17 on Scott Blanton's 41-yard field goal with 1:46 left in the third quarter.Strom, taking over from Illinois rookie Johnny Johnson, completed passes of 20, 14 and 24 yards as Detroit (1-1) answered with a 78-yard, 10-play drive. The Lions took a 24-19 lead on Eric Lynch's 1-yard TD dive 2:29 into the fourth quarter.

Moments later, Strom and Derek Price hooked up on a 63-yard scoring pass for a 31-19 Detroit lead.

Trent Green, taking over for Heath Shuler, had his first pass picked off by Detroit's Mike O'Shea, setting up Jason Hanson's second 30-yard field goal of the night and a 34-19 lead 7:32 into the fourth.

William Bell scored on a 2-yard run for the Redskins with 1:55 left in the game.

Strom completed 5-of-10 for 133 yards in just over one quarter.

Gus Frerotte outplayed Shuler in their competition for the Redskins' starting quarterback position. Frerotte started and went 12-for-19 for 143 yards playing with Washington's first unit. Shuler was 5-of-11 for 91 yards.

Scott Mitchell, playing all but the final series of the first half, completed 10-of-15 passes for 124 yards and one touchdown for Detroit. Barry Sanders, playing only the first two possessions, ran for 37 yards on seven carries, including a 9-yard touchdown on a draw play.

Mitchell completed four of five passes for 67 yards on Detroit's second TD drive, hitting Herman Moore from 15 yards out for the score.

On the Redskins' last possession of the first half, Frerotte found Michael Westbrook open for 22 yards and Henry Ellard for 24 yards, each in third-down situations.

Glyn Milburn, obtained in a trade with the Denver Broncos, had kick returns of 42, 29, 29 and 30 yards for the Lions. He also caught a pass from Strom for 14 yards.