After losing its first seven games this season and 14 of its past 15, Chesapeake of Anne Arundel County finally experienced some good fortune.
The Cougars scored two touchdowns off fumble recoveries en route to a 19-18 overtime victory over Meade on Friday.
Chesapeake coach Tom Kraning called it "a game of ineptitude". Meade also scored a touchdown off a fumble recovery, and both kickers missed an extra-point attempt and each had an extra-point attempt blocked.
Trailing, 12-0, in the second quarter, Chesapeake's Brandon Steinheim fumbled, and the ball bounced into the end zone, where teammate Kevin Sellers fell on it for a touchdown.
"When Brandon Steinheim fumbled heading into the end zone, I felt here we go again," Kraning said.
The Cougars tied the game at 12 in the third quarter when Bob Widmer recovered a fumble and returned it 17 yards for a touchdown.
In overtime, Mike Storm scored a touchdown on a 5-yard run. Timmy Wilde kicked the point-after-touchdown to give Chesapeake a 19-12 lead. (In high-school-football overtimes, each team is given four downs to score on its opponent's 10-yard line.)
Meade scored a touchdown on its possession, but Kenny Walker was stopped just short of the goal line by Chesapeake's Sean Sommers on his attempted run for the game-winning, two-point conversion.
Records, streaks and milestones: South River's 40-7 rout of St. Mary's on Friday ended the area's longest winning streak at eight games. The area's current longest winning streak, eight games, is shared by five teams: top-ranked Randallstown, No. 3 Wilde Lake, No. 4 Oakland Mills, No. 8 C. Milton Wright and No. 16 Chesapeake of Baltimore County.
* Sparrows Point's 46-0 loss to Chesapeake of Baltimore County Friday extended the area's longest losing streak to 10 games.
* Archbishop Spalding's winless streak reached 18 games after a 47-6 loss to Severn on Saturday.
* North County's John Ray broke the Anne Arundel County single-season passing record in Friday's 27-6 victory over Northeast. Ray threw for 117 yards to give him 1,682 yards for the season, breaking the record of 1,630 yards set by Dave Fajerski of Brooklyn Park in 1988.
* No. 18 Edgewood routed Bel Air, 65-0, on Friday, the area's most lopsided score since Towson beat Patapsco, 72-6, Oct. 13, 1989. The Rams' 65 points were the most scored by an area team in a game this season, surpassing Southwestern's 59 points against Archbishop Spalding last week.
Towson coach Bob Davis said his team was looking to avenge last season's 33-0 loss to Riverdale Baptist. Consider it avenged.
The Generals gained 662 yards total offense, as they took advantage of a Riverdale Baptist team laden with underclassmen, 51-0, Friday. Towson had three running backs rush for over 100 yards: Alex Galiani (172 yards, one touchdown), Damon Conway (125 yards, two touchdowns) and Tex DeLeon (110 yards, one touchdown), and quarterback Tim Burke passed for 192 yards and two touchdowns.
Franklin's Kevin Anderson returned to action Friday in the Indians' 33-27 loss to Parkville. Anderson, who had suffered a concussion Oct. 19 in a game against Randallstown, sat out the first half Friday, but he rushed for 63 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries in the second half.
Patterson's and City's special teams weren't especially good during the weekend, but the Clippers and the Knights were good enough to win their games despite their mistakes.
In No. 14 Patterson's 21-16 victory over Dunbar on Friday, the Poets made two safeties when Patterson punter Buddy Edmond was unable to handle a couple of bad snaps.
No. 15 City did an excellent job shutting down No. 7 Loyola's offense Saturday, limiting the Dons to 63 yards of total offense in the Knights' 14-7 victory. City's punt-return team, however, gave Loyola an opportunity to get back into the game with successive breakdowns on punts, the second of which led to Loyola's only touchdown.
* Most touchdowns: Larry Washington, Randallstown, 5.
* Longest touchdown rushing: Charles Williams, Lansdowne, 77 yards.
* Longest touchdown passing: DeWayne Washington, Lake Clifton, 80 yards to Sam James.
* Longest kickoff return for a touchdown: Joe Speed, Dundalk, 82 yards.
* Longest punt return for a touchdown: Mike Fisher, Severn, 60 yards.
* Longest interception return for a touchdown: Ahmed Middleton, Annapolis, 101 yards.
* Longest fumble recovery and run for a touchdown: Sam James, Lake Clifton, 38 yards.
* Longest field goal: Joe Yankle, Atholton, 40 yards.
* Korey Singleton, Oakland Mills, 36 carries, 262 yards, 1 TD.
* Monte Bowens, Northwestern, 30 carries, 253 yards, 2 TDs.
* Roy Marsh, Perry Hall, 11 carries, 245 yards, 4 TDs.
* DeWayne Washington, Lake Clifton, 12-for-16, 238 yards, 3 TDs.
* George Wilkerson, Northern, 4-for-5, 210 yards, 1 TD.
* David Burke, Towson, 7-for-9, 192 yards, 2 TDs.
* Sam James, Lake Clifton, 6 catches, 172 yards, 2 TDs.
* Juan Dorsey, Glenelg, 9 catches, 141 yards, 1 TD.
* Oba McMillan, Wilde Lake, 3 catches, 140 yards, 2 TDs.