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Class 3A South Region semifinal: Huntingtown 12, Westlake 6
The Hurricanes continued their season through the running game in Friday night's 3A South semifinal victory over the visiting Wolverines.
Senior Arnez Bowens rushed 38 times for 134 yards and Huntingtown's lone touchdown of the night. And the senior did not play the third quarter due to a knee injury, but he did return for the fourth and is expected to play next week when the top-seeded Hurricanes host second-seeded Lackey in the 3A South final.
The Chargers defeated third-seeded Stephen Decatur from Worcester County, 14-6, in the other 3A South semifinal on Friday night.
Bowens' score came with Huntingtown (10-1 overall) up 3-0 and facing a fourth down and goal from the Westlake 1-yard line. Bowens found his way into the endzone to put the hosts up 9-0 after the extra point was blocked with 5 minutes 15 seconds left until halftime.
The touchdown capped a 15-play, 57-yard drive that took 6:37 off the clock. Fourteen of the plays were on the ground, with 13 of the 14 run by Bowens.
Late in the first half, junior Matt Schug picked up a fumbled snap by Westlake senior quarterback Antwaine Carter and ran it 23 yards to the Westlake 10. Huntingtown was unable to get into endzone and settled for a field goal, a 25-yard field goal from senior Noah Reeves to make it 12-0, which would be the score at halftime.
It was Reeves' second field goal of the night, the first was a 29-yard attempt to cap off the Hurricanes' opening drive of the game.
Westlake (6-5) was limited to 35 yards of total offense in the opening half, which included only one yard rushing. That turned around in the third quarter as the Wolverines had two drives totaling 131 yards.
A 69-yard drive ended with a 13-yard touchdown run from senior Booker Napoleon on third and 12 from the Huntingtown 13. The two-point conversion failed, leaving Westlake down 12-6 with 1:28 left in the third.
The Wolverines were unable to get anything going in the fourth, running just six offensive plays.
The Hurricanes had the ball for 9:11 of the final period, including the final 4:11. They had 10 straight plays in those final minutes, in which Bowens had six rushes for 29 yards.
Huntingtown ran the ball 56 times for 195 yards for the game, while Westlake had 30 rushes for 102 yards.
Class 3A South Region semifinal: Lackey 14, Stephen Decatur 6
Chargers senior quarterback Joseph Beckford threw two touchdown passes, the last being the difference in Friday's 3A South semifinal contest against the visiting Seahawks from Worcester County.
Lackey (9-2), the region's second seed, advances to the 3A South Region final, to be played next week at top-seeded Huntingtown. The Hurricanes defeated fourth-seeded Westlake, 12-6, in the other 3A South semifinal on Friday night.
Beckford's first touchdown pass of the night came early in the second quarter for the first points of the game. The senior connected with senior wide receiver Stoney Dill for a 16-yard catch to put Lackey ahead, 7-0, with 10:39 remaining until halftime. Earlier in the drive, Beckford found senior wide receiver Nate Cargill for a 38-yard completion.
The Chargers extended their lead just before intermission on a drive that took just two plays and 19 seconds.
Beckford connected with senior wide receiver Deyvon Howell for a 43-yard catch to set up his touchdown pass of 13 yards to senior Delondo Boyd. That put the Chargers up 14-0 with 48 seconds left in the second quarter and it would hold up to be the halftime score.
Decatur (7-4) got on the board as P.J. Copes scored from three yards out on fourth down with 7:49 remaining in the third quarter, making the score 14-6 Lackey.
Decatur had two drives in the fourth in an attempt to draw closer or even tie the game. The first ended in a punt, and the second ended with Boyd making a tackle for no gain and then a sack to force a turnover on downs.
Class 2A South Region semifinal: Patuxent 49, Hammond 0
The Panthers did not complete a single pass Friday night in their 2A South semifinal matchup against the visiting Golden Bears from Howard County.
Patuxent did, however, roll up 438 yards on the ground to handily dispose of Hammond in the shutout win.
Patuxent (11-0), the 2A South's top seed, advances to host the regional final, which will be against the winner of Saturday's region semifinal matchup that has third-seeded Frederick Douglass traveling to second-seeded Gwynn Park in an all-Prince George's County contest.
The win marked the first playoff win for the Patuxent program since the 2007 season.
Against fourth-seeded Hammond, senior running back Rafiq Douglas rushed 10 times for 138 yards and three touchdowns, all of which came in the first half from 11, 54 and 29 yards out. The 11-yard score started the scoring just 1:54 into the game.
Sophomore Tyler Gross had a 54-yard rushing touchdown to make it 14-0 in the first quarter.
Junior quarterback Tyler Crounse rushed for 166 yards and two scores, a 37-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and a 20-yard score in the third.
Senior running back Tahir Tyler's 30-yard touchdown run 48 seconds into the fourth ended the scoring.
Defensively, Patuxent held Hammond (6-5) to just 189 yards of total offense in pitching its first shutout of the season.