Friday's roundup: Northwestern allows first points of the season in win
Calvert Halls Delando Johson retrieves a fumble by Mount St. Joseph quarterback Luke Casey in the second quarter of the Cardinals' 26-7 win Friday night. (Brendan Cavanaugh/Patuxent Publishing)
From Sun Staff Reports
Northwestern beat host Reginald F. Lewis, 20-6, and clinched the Baltimore City Division II football title. But Friday's victory was bittersweet, as the Wildcats were 20 minutes away from tying a state record when the defense did something it hadn't done all year — give up a touchdown.
With eight minutes left in the third quarter and Northwestern leading 8-0, Lewis' Tayvon Queen completed a pass to Earl McNair for a 13-yard touchdown, ending the shutout bid and Northwestern's chance at the record set by Henry A. Wise from Prince George's County in 2009. The Wildcats (8-1, with the loss coming by forfeit) had shut out their previous seven opponents. The Falcons fell to 7-2.
No. 2 Calvert Hall 26, Mount St. Joseph 7: The Cardinals locked up the second seed in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference playoffs with a workmanlike victory over the visiting Gaels at Paul Angelo Russo Stadium in Towson.
The Cardinals (8-1, 4-1) will host No. 8 McDonogh on Friday night in a conference semifinal. The winner of that game will advance to the championship at Towson University on Nov. 18.
Calvert Hall struck first on its opening drive, covering 65 yards in four plays finished on a 10-yard sweep by senior running back Brandon Neverdon before junior Stephen Kelly scored on a 27-yard pass from quarterback Thomas Stuart for a 13-0 advantage.
The Gaels (3-6, 2-4) scored on a 35-yard touchdown pass from Bryan Jangro to Samuel Benjamin. Calvert Hall added scores on a 2-yard touchdown run by Garrett Flannery and a 35-yard pass from Stuart to Trevor Williams.
No. 7 Dunbar 32, Patterson 0: William Crest threw three touchdown passes and scored on a 1-yard run as the Poets (8-2) rolled over the visiting Clippers.
Boys' Latin 6, St. Paul's 0: Brandon Cherry carried 39 times for 219 yards as the host Lakers (4-6) topped the Crusaders. Quarterback Andrew Roswell scored the only touchdown on 2-yard draw with 2:30 remaining in the first quarter.
Aberdeen 21, No. 13 Fallston 14: Kenny Faulcon scored on 35-yard run and had a 60-yard touchdown pass to Chavez Cheatham as the visiting Eagles (8-2) upset the Cougars (9-1).
No. 4 Atholton 48, Centennial 0: The Raiders (9-1) shut out the Eagles (1-9) to clinch their first ever outright Howard County title. Atholton shared the county title in 1988 and 1976.
Howard 39, Hammond 6: The host Lions (7-3) clinched the third seed in Class 3A East by defeating the Bears (6-4).
Stephen Decatur defeated Snow Hill to claim the fourth and final playoff spot, eliminating Hammond, which won its first playoff game last year.
Hammond turned the ball over four times, with three of the giveaways leading to touchdowns, including a 20-yard interception return by Andrew Young. The Lions also scored on an 81-yard run by Joey Bonavitacola and a 51-yard pass from Ryan Wade to Evan Jackson.
Hammond's Devon Paye averted the shutout with a 60-yard touchdown run with 15 seconds remaining.
Last year, Hammond won at Howard on the final day of the regular season to clinch a playoff berth and a share of its first Howard County title, knocking Howard out of playoff contention.
Class 4A East semifinal: No. 14 Severna Park (11-1-2) got a goal from Alex Moore and held off the visitors from Broadneck (10-5-1). The Falcons won, 1-0. John Nefeth had two saves for the winners.
Class 2A North semifinal: Brad Martinelli had a goal and two assists to power host No. 9 Marriotts Ridge (11-3-1) past Owings Mills, 5-0.
Class 2A East first round: No. 6 Fallston (15-2) got off to a fast start behind Rachael Holehouse's 10 kills and four aces and Abby Claborn's 20 assists and won in straight sets over Harford Tech.
The Cougars won, 25-8, 25-5, 25-4 and advance to Monday's quarterfinal against visiting Rising Sun at 5 p.m.