Weekend wrap – Football recap; McGary note
Grassfield's Avery Thompson picked off two passes and returned one 30 yards for a score in the fourth quarter.
The Coyotes looked as though they would run away and hide in the first quarter, thanks to the duo of Darrell Howard and Stefan Houston. Howard put his team on top with a 75-yard punt return, and Houston made a sliding touchdown grab of junior quarterback Michael Sheehan 31-yard delivery.
Quarterback Caleb Rowe threw for 253 yards and four touchdowns. The Maryland commitment added another 36 yards and two touchdowns on the ground to lead Blue Ridge to a 62-17 win.
The University of Maryland recruit threw for 193 yards and tossed touchdown passes to Tamlin Antoine and Tyrone Temoney. Petty also ran for 40 yards and a touchdown, and Jermaine Boykins added a rushing touchdown for the Raiders, who improved to 5-0.
• Maryland defensive back pledge Sean Davis helped Maret to a 38-20 win over Theodore Roosevelt (D.C.). Davis carried the ball eight times for 119 yards and a touchdown. He also caught eight passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns.
Joe Riddle, Frederick County's leading rusher entering the game, amassed 87 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries. The senior chipped in a 30-yard touchdown catch as well to pace the Lancers (4-1) in first half.
Nixon impacts a game on both sides of the ball - as a receiver and defensive back. He is most certainly one of the best receivers in the WPIAL. Heading into this week's games, Nixon was the WPIAL's third-leading receiver with 23 catches.
• Terps target and Brewster (N.H.) Academy power forward Mitch McGary revealed in his latest blog for ESPN.com that he is unlikely to make any more visits. The five-star prospect, who has made official trips to Duke, Michigan and North Carolina, wrote about all six schools on his list.
With Maryland, I love that they fed the post a lot last year with Jordan Williams. They also get out in transition. Same with Florida, they play a really fast tempo.
ESPN.com's Dave Telep tweeted his take on McGary's recruitment this morning.
If I were to set the odds, I'd install Michigan as the favorite w/McGary at this juncture. College recruiters concerned about UM the most.
Adala Moto in July narrowed his choices to Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Miami, Florida, UCLA and Vanderbilt. He had taken official visits to Wake Forest, Miami and Vanderbilt, but will cancel trips planned to Virginia Tech and Florida the next two weeks.
• The Maryland women's basketball program landed a commitment over the weekend from Malina Howard, a 6-foot-5 post player and five-star prospect.
"I made an official visit to Notre Dame the weekend of Sept. 16th and visited Maryland this weekend,'' said Howard. "I narrowed it down to those two schools at the end of July because they spent a lot of time recruiting me.