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September 28, 2009

The Next Level -- Week 4

Week 4 of the college football season featured some stunning upsets and shake-ups among the nation’s top teams – and of course some standout performances from local players.

Struggling Maryland suffered another disheartening home loss, this one a 34-13 defeat at the hands of Rutgers on Saturday, but a couple of Terps from the Baltimore area did their part to try to keep the game close. Junior wide receiver LaQuan Williams (Poly) scored his first touchdown of the season – and Maryland’s only one of the game – catching a 24-yard pass from Chris Turner in the second quarter. The touchdown tied the score at 10. Starting nose tackle and Severn native A.J. Francis made three tackles (one solo, two assists). On one of Maryland’s biggest defensive plays of the game, the redshirt freshman sacked Scarlet Knights quarterback Domenic Natale for a loss of 8 yards on third-and-5 in the fourth quarter, forcing a fumble. Rutgers recovered but was forced to punt. Terps senior strong safety Jamari McCollough (Randallstown) returned from a foot injury, coming off the bench to make one tackle. Senior linebacker Hakeem Sule (McDonogh) played but did not record any statistics. Scarlet Knights senior wide receiver Andrew DePaola (Hereford) played in the win but didn’t make the stat sheet.

Starting weak-side linebacker Zach Brown (Wilde Lake) made eight tackles (four solo, four assists) in visiting North Carolina’s 24-7 loss to Georgia Tech. The sophomore was credited with 1.5 tackles for a total loss of 3 yards, making one solo stop for a loss of 2 yards and assisting on another stuff for a 2-yard loss.

A good number of area products – including four who played at Calvert Hall – saw the field in Temple’s 37-13 home victory over Buffalo. Starting free safety Mike Newton (Calvert Hall) was the Bulls’ second-leading tackler, making nine solo stops. The senior also broke up a pass. Senior defensive lineman Dane Robinson, also a Calvert Hall grad, played but did not record any statistics. Fellow Calvert Hall alumni Pat and Sean Boyle, both sophomore offensive linemen, played for Temple in the victory. Freshman wide receiver Matt Brown, a Baltimore native, carried the ball once for a gain of 7 yards on a first-and-10 play on the Owls’ opening drive. Freshman defensive back Kwame Johnson (Parkville) made two solo tackles for Temple but was also flagged for defensive pass interference on third-and-5 in the fourth quarter.

Wide receiver Shaky Smithson (Douglass) was all over the field in host Utah’s 30-14 triumph over Louisville. The junior rushed four times for 18 yards, made three receptions for 14 yards and returned a kickoff 19 yards. That’s eight touches for a total of 51 yards. Smithson’s longest run was for 6 yards, and his longest catch went for 9. He produced two first downs, one on a rush and one on a reception. Cardinals linebacker Horace Miller (Dunbar) made two solo tackles in the defeat. The freshman stopped Utes quarterback Terrance Cain for no gain on a first-and-10 rush in the fourth quarter; three plays later, he tackled Cain after a gain of only 1 yard on another first-and-10.

In Syracuse’s 41-24 victory over visiting Football Championship Subdivision opponent Maine, freshman wide receiver Alec Lemon (Arundel) caught one pass for 19 yards, and it was a big one. The second-and-10 reception moved the chains on a third-quarter drive that resulted in a touchdown, giving the Orange a 20-17 lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Senior tight end Andrew Robinson (Calvert Hall) played but did not record any statistics for Syracuse.

Duke wide-out Sheldon Bell (City) partially blocked a punt in the Blue Devils’ 49-14 rout of cross-town foe North Carolina Central. The junior also made one catch for 1 yard in the game, which was played at Duke’s Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, N.C.

Wake Forest suffered a tough loss, falling, 27-24, in overtime to host Boston College, but Demon Deacons linebacker Joey Ehrmann (Gilman) did what he could to keep the Eagles off the scoreboard. The redshirt freshman made two solo tackles, including a stop of BC running back Montel Harris for a loss of 1 yard on a third-and-1 play in the third quarter.

Freshman slotback Lonnie Liggins (Hereford) carried the ball four times for 10 yards in Army’s 31-10 road loss to Iowa State. Liggins’ longest rush was for 4 yards, which he did twice, one of them coming on fourth-and-2 in the first quarter. The first down led to an eventual field goal that gave the Black Knights a 3-0 lead. Army junior linebacker Jacob Bohn (Mount St. Joseph) played but did not record any statistics.

Connecticut redshirt freshman safety Jerome Junior (Archbishop Curley) made three tackles (two solo, one assist) in a 52-10 romp over visiting Rhode Island.

Navy backup quarterback Greg Zingler (Severna Park) got onto the field in the Midshipmen’s 38-22 home victory over Western Kentucky, but the senior recorded no statistics.

Posted by Steve Gould at 3:28 PM | | Comments (3)


You should do a seperate blog for the local Div 1 teams like Towson University.

This is the next step for some of these kids so give them respect when they make it.

Response from Steve Gould:

I agree that playing Division I football, whether it's in the Football Bowl Subdivision or Football Championship Subdivision, is a huge achievement.

I assure you that my decision to cover just players on FBS teams isn't based on a lack of respect for other players. In truth, it's based on a lack of time and resources. That being said, if I get more and more feedback requesting this, I'll certainly have to re-evaluate that decision.

Thanks for reading.

I would like to see more about local D-1AA athletes as well.

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