Weekend wrap -- Stinebaugh's big night
Dave Stinebaugh played a major role on offense and defense in Perry Hall’s 34-0 win over Thomas Johnson in a 4A North Region semifinal matchup.
Stinebaugh, as usual, was in the middle of almost everything. In addition to his two TD grabs, he had two key interceptions and recovered a fumble on defense. All three plays thwarted Patriot drives and helped the Gators pitch a shutout over a team that beat them in last year's regional championship game, 35-3.
The University of Maryland-bound Caleb Porzel then made the score 24-0 on an electrifying 76-yard punt return with 5:30 to go in the half. He started down the visiting sideline and then cut back past McNamara defenders.
"It was a miserable day, but we can't let the weather affect us," said Porzel, who rushed for 133 yards on nine carries. "We just had to play our football. We did have trouble getting out but once we started getting used to the weather we kind of settled down."
Good Counsel will meet DeMatha on Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis for the WCAC Championship.
Adams took Norcross' first offensive play and went 60 yards for a touchdown to make it 7-0 to start the game.
"We executed perfectly and it just opened up," Adams told the Gwinnett Daily Post. "It set the tone and we built off that."
Aside from a 57-yard touchdown run from Avery Graham in the first quarter and a 53-yard burst by Mark Small in the third, the Coyotes (10-1) were, for the most part, ineffective on both sides of the ball.
• Quarterback Danny O’Brien led East Forsyth (N.C.) to a 42-14 win over Myers Park in the first round of the North Carolina Class 4-AA West playoffs.
Senior quarterback Danny O'Brien of East contributed 115 of East's rushing yards and ran for two touchdowns on a night when he attempted only eight passes, completing two for 58 yards.
Multifaceted senior Travis Hawkins, who last month verbally committed to play football at the University of Maryland, made his second start at quarterback this fall. He completed 2 of 7 passes for 101 yards and a touchdown, launching a 62-yard pass to junior Nick Goss in the end zone.
The Friars offense had trouble finishing drives early and turned to their reliable field goal kicker in Maryland-recruit Nicholas Ferrara. All he did was convert on field goals from 31 and 29 yards out. St. Anthony’s took a 6-0 edge into intermission.
"It hurts," said Roosevelt senior linebacker Isaiah Ross. "I think we could have worked harder even though we had a heck of a season. We're still the best team in the state. It was just mental mistakes that hurt us."