Weekend wrap — Moore, Till lead Wise
Two Maryland commitments were instrumental in Wise’s 6-0 win over Eleanor Roosevelt in the Class 4A South Region semifinals Saturday.
"I was just looking for a hole on that right side," Moore told The Gazette. "I wanted to follow a block from the fullback [Quentin Gartrell] and find a hole. I found one on that side and we scored. It was a tough fight. It was frustrating in the first half because we had some good drives and we had too many penalties. Then we were on defense almost the whole third quarter. We rely on our defense a lot. They came up with a big stop in the fourth quarter."
With the score tied at 21 late in the fourth quarter, Carver coach Dell McGee decided to run a play on fourth down rather than punt from the Carver 28. There was a foot to go for the first down. Burns took the snap, stepped quickly to his right and raced 72 yards for what proved to the winning touchdown in a 28-21 Carver victory in the first round of the Class AAA state playoffs.
Wilde Lake scored first Friday night on a 5-yard run by [E.J.] Gilman with six minutes left in the first half. Atholton answered on its first drive of the second half with a 17-play, 70-yard, nearly eight-minute drive, capped by a 4-yard pass from Kalvin Seamonson to Matt Robinson in the corner of the end zone.
Robinson also contributed seven tackles and two sacks on defense.
Smith completed 15-of-27 passes for 197 yards, pushing his season total to 2,850 yards and his career total to 7,720, third-highest in state history.
Hammonton, led by Maryland-bound defensive end Ian Evans, did a great job limiting [Winslow Township quarterback Bill] Belton on long runs.
“We worked hard all season long,” Delic said. “We had to work through a lot of adversity to finish the season strong and nobody even gave us a chance to make the playoffs. I felt like we did all we could to compete against this team, they’re one of the best in the state of Georgia.”
“I don’t think Coach Williams gets enough credit for his success as others coaches around the country. I consider him a future Hall of Famer. I went with my sons, T.J. and Terry, and the coaches to watch the football game while Tobias, Tyler and the Maryland players went to the movies.
The only visit he's taken is to Kentucky, but he said N.C. State is still on the list, along with Florida, Oregon, Georgia and Connecticut, and there is no leader.
He is expected to complete signing papers by Wednesday, thus joining what is now a four-player recruiting class for Missouri that should rank among the top 20 classes in the country.
“St. John’s, Maryland, Seton Hall, Rutgers, Virginia, Pitt, Indiana, Tennesse and Providence,” responded Gibbs when NBE asked which schools are actively recruiting him.