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November 24, 2008

Weekend wrap -- Porzel, deSouza meet for WCAC title

The high school career of Maryland running back commitment Caleb Porzel came to surprising end on Saturday.

Porzel’s Good Counsel team fell to UM offensive tackle commitment Pete deSouza’s DeMatha squad, 34-7, in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship game.

Porzel rushed for Good Counsel’s lone score, but was bottled up for most of the game.

Porzel and [UM linebacker target Jelani] Jenkins could never find their step at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium. Porzel managed just 59 yards rushing on 15 carries and had two receptions, each for negative yardage. Meantime, Jenkins caught two passes for 34 yards, but his five rushes netted only 17 yards.

"I'm just pretty stunned," Porzel said. "Everything we threw at them, they stopped. I don't know how to explain it."

• Maryland quarterback pledge Danny O’Brien guided his East Forsyth squad to a 21-7 win over Huntersville Hopewell in the second round of the North Carolina Class 4AA playoffs.

O'Brien called his own number and was pushed through the middle of the line for a 2-yard gain, giving East a fresh set of downs and allowing it to chew up some more clock.

"I just told him we'd been getting all year, so why change something that isn't broken," O'Brien said. "They stacked the middle and blitzed both backers, so the initial surge wasn't too good, but the guys just pushed me through and I drove my legs for the extra yardage."

• Terps running back recruit D.J. Adams ran for 91 yards in his final high school game. Adams’ Norcross (Ga.) team fell to Woodstock, 14-10, in the second round of the Georgia Class AAAAA playoffs.

"They got after it. We knew they were scrappy," [Norcross head coach Keith] Maloof said. "We knew they were going to play hard. We just needed to get D.J. in the second level and we did a couple of times."

When they did he busted loose for runs of 24 and 32, but most of his carries when for five yards or less.

• UM tight end commitment Dave Stinebaugh caught three passes for 27 yards in Perry Hall’s 53-0 loss to Linganore in the Class 4A state North Region title game.

"We just had some bad breaks, some poor tackling, a couple of missed tackles," said Stinebaugh, who's given a verbal commitment to the University of Maryland. "We didn't give them the game in the first quarter, but we made it a lot easier for them."

Nick Ferrara accounted for five points in St. Anthony’s 48-35 loss to Iona (N.Y.) Prep in the Catholic High School Football League Class AAA championship.

Nicholas Ferrara put the Friars on the board with time running down in the first quarter and with the howling wind at his back. He nailed a 37-yard field goal.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 10:19 AM | | Comments (1)


Let's hope these guys are good. After Saturday's thrashing against FSU, it looks like MD needs a ton of help!

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Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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