The Next Level -- Week 8
Week 8 was a big one for several former local high school football standouts, including a couple of true freshmen who found the end zone.
Three-time Baltimore Sun All-Metro Player of the Year Tavon Austin (Dunbar) wasted no time in scoring his second touchdown of the season for West Virginia. The freshman took the opening kickoff of the Mountaineers’ home game against Connecticut 98 yards to the house. It was West Virginia’s longest play of the season, and the Mountaineers went on to win, 28-24. Freshman defensive back Terence Garvin (Loyola) assisted on a tackle on kickoff coverage for West Virginia in the first quarter. Huskies starting safety Jerome Junior (Archbishop Curley) was playing in his first game since fellow defensive back Jasper Howard was stabbed to death early Oct. 18 on Connecticut’s campus in Storrs. The redshirt freshman made five tackles (three solo, two assists).
Army might have fallen, 27-10, to visiting Rutgers on Friday, but freshman slotback Lonnie Liggins (Hereford) came through in a big way, taking his only touch of the game, a first-and-10 carry from the Scarlet Knights’ 17-yard line, in for a touchdown in the third quarter. The score pulled the Black Knights within 17-10. Army junior linebacker Jacob Bohn (Mount St. Joseph) played but recorded no statistics, as did Rutgers senior wide receiver Andrew DePaola (Hereford).
Baltimore native Matt Brown had two long kickoff returns in Temple’s 40-24 road victory over Toledo. The freshman ran back kicks 47 and 45 yards, and had a third return of 18 yards. He also carried three times for a total of 13 yards, his longest rush an 8-yard gain. Owls sophomore offensive linemen Sean and Pat Boyle (Calvert Hall) got onto the field in the win.
Among the few positives for Maryland in its 17-13 loss to host Duke was the play of several defensive players, including defensive back Eric Franklin (Archbishop Curley), who made his college debut. The true freshman entered the game after Terps safety Antwine Perez was injured after a tackle at the end of the first quarter. Franklin made an impact, sacking Duke quarterback Thaddeus Lewis for a loss of 8 yards. Maryland starting strong safety Jamari McCollough (Randallstown) made three tackles (one solo, two assists) and recovered a fumble. The senior teamed with linebacker Alex Wujciak to stop Blue Devils running back Jay Hollingswoth for no gain on first-and-10 in the first quarter, and then came up with the ball when Wujciak forced it loose from Duke tight end Brandon King on the Terps’ 29-yard line later that drive. A.J. Francis, a Severn native, did not start at nose tackle for the first time this season, but the redshirt freshman contributed three tackles (two solo, one assist) and a quarterback hurry that resulted in Lewis’ throwing an incomplete pass in the fourth quarter. Duke was forced to punt with just more than five minutes left in the game, giving the Terps hope (at the time) for a comeback. Maryland junior wide receiver LaQuan Williams (Poly) was held without a reception, but he drew a pass interference penalty on Blue Devils linebacker Damian Thornton on a third-and-3 play, resulting in a first down for the Terps. Duke junior receiver Sheldon Bell (City) played but did not recording any statistics.
Starting free safety Mike Newton (Calvert Hall) added to his season total for tackles in visiting Buffalo’s 34-31 overtime loss to Western Michigan. The senior recorded nine stops (five solo, four assists), including being in on three consecutive tackles at one point in the third quarter. Starting senior defensive tackle Dane Robinson (Calvert Hall) assisted on one tackle for the Bulls.
Freshman Alec Lemon (Arundel) started at wide receiver for Syracuse in the Orange’s 28-14 home victory over Akron. He caught two passes for 22 yards, his longest a gain of 17 on a second-and-5 play on the opening drive of the game. His other reception resulted in a 5-yard gain on the last play of the first quarter, and the drive ended with a touchdown that allowed Syracuse to tie the score at 7.
Sophomore Zach Brown (Wilde Lake) made five solo tackles in North Carolina’s 30-27 home loss to Florida State on Thursday night, despite his not starting at weak-side linebacker for the first time this season. His biggest play was stopping the Seminoles’ Greg Reid for a loss of 3 yards on a punt return in the third quarter.
Virginia was routed by visiting Georgia Tech, 34-9, but Raynard Horne (Overlea) did what he could to keep the score close early. The junior stopped the Yellow Jackets’ Anthony Barnes after a gain of just 3 yards on a fourth-and-7 fake punt play in the first quarter. The Cavaliers took over on offense and ended up kicking a field goal, tying the score at 3.
Redshirt freshman linebacker Joey Ehrmann (Gilman) made two tackles (one solo, one assist) in Wake Forest’s 13-10 road loss to Navy. Senior Greg Zingler (Severna Park) served as the holder on kicks for the Midshipmen, and junior linebacker Jerry Hauburger (Eastern Tech) also played, recording no statistics.
Freshman linebacker Horace Miller (Dunbar) saw action in Louisville’s 41-10 defeat at the hands of host Cincinnati but recorded no stats.