Quick recaps on Week 1 in Southern Maryland high school football
St. Charles 14, Gwynn Park 13
The visiting Spartans used a pair of touchdown runs from senior quarterback Klayton Batten to edge the Yellow Jackets in Prince George’s County on Friday night.
St.. Charles (1-0 overall) trailed 7-0 at the intermission, then got to within a point when Batten scored on a 75-yard run with 6 minutes 26 seconds remaining in the third. The Spartans’ bid for the lead on the 2-point conversion was stuffed, however.
Batten gave the Spartans the lead with just over four minutes remaining when he plowed forward from 1 yard out on third down then connected with Konner Blount-Foster in the back of the endzone for the 2-point conversion.
Gwynn Park scored on its last possession, needing only six plays to go 39 yards to get within 14-13 on a quarterback sneak with three seconds left. St. Charles easily denied the 2-point conversion attempt to preserve the one-point win.
Northern 20, Sussex Tech (Del.) 17
The Patriots came from behind in the fourth quarter to snag Friday night’s narrow win over their guests on JP Gross' second touchdown run of the game.
Northern (1-0) trailed 11-6 at the start of the fourth quarter, surged ahead on Keith Parks' rushing touchdown, but then found itself again on the bottom end of the score after a Sussex Tech touchdown gave the visitors a 17-12 lead. But Gross' late score and the subsequent 2-point conversion put the hosts in front to stay.
Gross carried the ball 17 times for 151 yards and two touchdowns, while Parks added another 51 yards on the ground. Zach Crounse completed 14 of 28 passes for 137 yards, while Rex Fleming led the team with seven receptions for 67 yards.
Westlake 14, Fairmont Heights 7
In a clash of two teams that reached the postseason one year ago and expect to return this fall, the Wolverines opened the season with a gritty win over the visitors from Prince George's County on Friday night.
Westlake (1-0) scored in the first quarter when quarterback Jeremiah Maxwell connected with Kamari Ramsey on a 5-yard strike. Fairmont Heights drew even in the third quarter, but the Wolverines regained the lead in the fourth when Demetrius Beale scored on an 18-yard run.
Nigel Harrison, who had two kickoff returns negated by penalties, sealed the game with an interception late in the fourth quarter.
Great Mills 36, Crossland 26
On a picturesque Saturday afternoon, the Hornets’ win to kick off their 2019 season in Prince George's County came courtesy of big plays in all three phases.
Great Mills (1-0) scored the game's first two points on a Crossland miscue, then Daelandre Barnes immediately added to the lead with a 48-yard kickoff return following the safety. Senior running back Darrius Williams extended the lead to 14-0 with an 8-yard run on the Hornets’ next possession.
But each time Great Mills appeared to have the game in hand Crossland answered. The Cavaliers took advantage of a short field to get on the board when quarterback Deven Lancaster connected with Jeremiah Gibson on an 11-yard strike, then Lancaster plowed forward for the 2-point conversion that trimmed the Hornets’ halftime lead to 14-8.
Crossland drew even in the third quarter when Josh Thornton plowed forward from seven yards out, but Great Mills answered in emphatic fashion. The Hornets needed only four plays to march 70 yards and claimed the lead for good when Barnes scored from six yards out
On the Cavaliers’ next possession, Great Mills' Darius Jordan intercepted a Lancaster pass and returned it 75 yards for another touchdown to extend the lead to 28-14.
Great Mills then appeared to put the game later in the third quarter when Williams bounced off right tackle and raced 75 yards for a touchdown that put the Hornets up 36-14.
Crossland narrowed the gap to 36-20 when Lancaster scored on a 5-yard run with 1:31 remaining, then the Cavaliers recovered the ensuing onside kick and scored again when Lancaster connected with Gibson from 46 yards out with exactly 1 minute remaining.
Harford Tech 31, Patuxent 21
The visitors from Harford County built an 18-7 lead on the Panthers by the half and ultimately repelled the Panthers' comeback attempt to leave Lusby with a win on Friday night.
Patuxent quarterback Adam Commodore completed three passes for 21 yards on the night, with two of the completions going for touchdowns. Commodore also rushed for 215 yards on 33 carries.
Dajore Brooks rushed 14 times for 57 yards and a score, while Josiah Campbell and Trent Roacarek were on the receiving end of the two passing touchdowns for the Panthers (0-1)
Lackey 21, Allegany 7
The Chargers (1-0) built a 21-0 lead in the first half and coasted to the season-opening victory on Friday night in the head coaching debut of longtime assistant Jimari Jones.
Russell Echard completed 11 of 15 passes for 191 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing for 72 yards. Jonathan Thompson paced Lackey's ground attack with 79 yards and two scores on 11 carries, while Yasir Holmes hauled in six receptions for 127 yards and a touchdown.
Chopticon 29, McDonough 14
The visiting Braves picked up their first win of the season in a Southern Maryland Athletic Conference crossover contest on Friday night.
Chopticon junior running back Devyn Vukovich led the visitors with 20 carries for 115 yards and two touchdowns.
The Braves (1-0) led 14-0 by halftime and carried their lead for the remainder of the contest.
Chopticon senior quarterback Dominic Crampton finished the contest 7 for 11 with 91 yards passing, including a 22-yard touchdown strike to senior tight end Sammy Bryant and a 1-yard touchdown run himself.
McDonough senior quarterback Andre Slade threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Levon Chambers Jr. and a 35-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Holton for the Rams’ two touchdowns in the game.
The contest was the head coaching debut for Rams head coach Brock Virts, who played his final high school game with Chopticon in the early portion of the previous decade. McDonough and Virts start the season 0-1.
Sussex Central (Del.) 34, La Plata 18
The Warriors got an early lead but came up short in their season opener at home on Friday night.
La Plata (1-0) got on the board first when Taylon Sanders scored on a 2-yard run, but Sussex Central responded with four straight scores before Warriors quarterback Donnie Bowman countered with touchdown runs on 9 and 5 yards. La Plata missed two extra point attempts and failed to score on a 2-point conversion.
Bowman completed 20 of 26 passes for 292 yards and wide receiver Deshawn Thomas caught seven passes for 146 yards. Senior linebacker Nate Lednum led the Warriors defense with 13 tackles and Jordan Lopez added 11 in a losing cause.
Calvert Hall 34, St. Mary’s Ryken 14
The Knights got off to a fast start but weren’t able to hang on in a contest played Saturday night at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
St. Mary’s Ryken (0-2) raced out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on two touchdown scores.
Sophomore Londyn Thomas scored the game’s first points with a 1-yard touchdown run to put St. Mary’s Ryken up 7-0 with 6:44 left in the first quarter.
On the first play of the Knights’ ensuing drive, junior quarterback Trev Nored found junior receiver Dez Williams open over the middle for a 93-yard touchdown catch and run that made it 14-0 with 35 seconds left in the opening quarter.
Calvert Hall scored 34 unanswered points in the rest of the contest, including 24 points in the second quarter to lead by 10 points at half.
The Cardinals took the lead for good on a 73-yard touchdown run by Sean Tucker with 2:50 left in the first half. They tacked on their final 10 points in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by Cobie Floyd and a 37-yard field goal by Peter Moore.
North Point 55, Arundel 32
The Eagles continued their dominance over the Wildcats when they scored touchdowns on each of their first four possessions and cruised to Friday night’s victory in Anne Arundel County.
In their first game without injured senior quarterback Asa Williams, North Point quarterback Teddy Gleaton led the offense on the ground and in the air.
The Eagles (1-0) amassed 233 yards rushing and another 173 yards through the air in a dominant first half. Senior running back Corey Johnson carried 12 times for 144 yards and fellow senior Caelen Carson scored on a 65-yard touchdown rush.
Calvert 35, Leonardtown 0
The Cavaliers cruised to a shutout win over the visiting Raiders on Friday night in a SMAC crossover match-up.
Calvert (1-0) wasted no time scoring on its first drive of the game on a 63-yard run by senior running back Dylan Barbeiri with 10:52 remaining in the first quarter.
The Cavaliers scored two more touchdowns in the opening quarter, both on rushes by junior running back Kameron Hawkins from 36 and 16 yards.
On the first play of the second quarter, Calvert senior quarterback Michael Floria found senior Sean Mancini in the corner of the endzone for a 12-yard touchdown to push the hosts lead to 28-0, which was the score at halftime.
Calvert scored the final points of the contest with 3:32 left in the third quarter on Hawkins’ third touchdown rush of the game, this time from 7 yards out.
Leonardtown (0-1) fell in the head coaching debut of Justin Cunningham, a University of Maryland graduate who played high school football at Calvert where he was a team captain and three-year varsity letter winner. Cunningham joins the Raiders after coaching the past 16 years at DeMatha.
Huntingtown 45, Thomas Stone 6
The Hurricanes opened the 2019 season in dominant fashion in the SMAC crossover matchup on Friday night, denying Huntingtown alum Riley Cannon his first win in his first game at the helm of the host Cougars.
Huntingtown (1-0) took a little time to get things churning, but opened the scoring on Trent Connolly's 41-yard touchdown pass to Josh Stokes with 3 minutes 51 seconds left in the opening quarter. Early in the second quarter, Connolly scored on a 1-yard run, while Bryce La Follette's 23-yard field goal midway through the quarter extended the visitors' lead to 17-0.
The Hurricanes' defense, which pitched six shutouts in 2018, started the scoring in the second half when Cam Dalrymple returned an interception from just across midfield, extending Huntingtown's lead to 24-0 with the successful point-after.
Later, Noah Kuntz scored on a 29-yard run to push the advantage to 31-0 with 2:38 remaining in the third quarter.
Stone (0-1) avoided the shutout thanks to Daevaughn Shephard's 50-yard scoring jaunt roughly a minute into the fourth quarter. But Huntingtown quickly answered with Clay Wargo's 14-yard touchdown run, while Austin Welch tacked on one more touchdown with a 4-yard run in the latter stages of the fourth quarter.
Huntingtown rolled up over 400 yards of total offense, with Kuntz surpassing 100 yards on the ground to lead a rushing attack that churned out close to 300 yards. Connolly completed seven passes for 116 yards and a touchdown.