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November 17, 2008

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.

• Running back Caleb Porzel scored twice in Good Counsel’s 45-6 win over Bishop McNamara.

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.

• Terps running back recruit D.J. Adams rushed for 170 yards on 29 carries in Norcross’ 20-17 win over Parkview (Ga.).

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."

• UM safety commitment Avery Graham scored Clarksburg’s lone touchdown in the Coyotes’ season-ending 21-7 loss to Middletown.

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.

• UM cornerback recruit Travis Hawkins helped guide Quince Orchard to a 36-0 win over Wootton.

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.

Nick Ferrara accounted for 13 points in St. Anthony’s 37-15 win over Chaminade (N.Y.).

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.

• The high school career of Maryland defensive end/linebacker commitment Isaiah Ross came to an end Saturday with Eleanor Roosevelt’s 14-6 loss to Henry Wise.

"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."

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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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