Lake Clifton defensive back Tyrone Coleman's main responsibility yesterday was to shadow Mervo quarterback George Raikes in the Mustangs' option offense, and Coleman did his job well.
Coleman picked off an option pitch by Raikes, and raced 69 yards for a touchdown, sparking the 10th-ranked Lakers to a 22-6 victory over host Mervo. The win, coupled with Northwestern's 40-21 loss to Edmondson yesterday, put the Lakers (7-1, 3-0) in first place in the Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference, Division II.
Lake Clifton, the conference runner-up a year ago, will meet the winner of Division I in the championship game Nov. 17 at Poly.
With the score tied at 6-6, Mervo (4-4, 1-1) moved the ball to the Lakers 25 on the opening possession of the second half. On third-and-five, Raikes took the snap and ran toward the sidelines with teammate Jeffrey Young trailing for the pitch. Raikes was grabbed by a Lake Clifton defender and lost control of the ball. Coleman picked it off and scored.
"I was going straight for the quarterback because he was my assignment," said Coleman, a senior.
North County 25, South River 20
John Ray passed for 298 yards and two touchdowns, as visiting North County (7-2, 3-0) defeated South River (5-4, 1-1) to clinch the Anne Arundel County 2A-3A-4A League title.
Randallstown 55, Dulaney 8
Larry Washington and Daniel Dorsey combined for 272 yards rushing and five touchdowns, as top-ranked Randallstown (9-0, 2-0) routed host Dulaney (3-6, 1-1) in a Baltimore County 4A league game.
Old Mill 35, Broadneck 0
Eric Scott threw three touchdown passes, as No. 8 Old Mill (8-1, 5-1) routed visiting Broadneck (1-7, 1-6) in an Anne Arundel County 4A league game.
City 38, McDonogh 0
David Rodgers rushed for 158 yards and three touchdowns, as No. 9 City (5-3, 3-3) routed visiting McDonogh (1-7, 1-6) in a Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference game.
Aberdeen 55, N. Harford 14
Joe Gordon rushed for 161 yards and three touchdowns, as No. 14 Aberdeen (7-2, 6-1) routed visiting North Harford (3-6, 3-5) in a Harford County League game.
Chesapeake 22, Patapsco 6
Dave Disciullo threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score, as No. 15 Chesapeake of Baltimore County (9-0, 7-0) defeated host Patapsco (4-5, 3-4) in a Baltimore County 1A-2A League game. Chesapeake clinched at least a tie for the league title.
Perry Hall 35, Woodlawn 7
Donnie Burks passed for three touchdowns, and Roy Marsh (214 yards) scored two touchdowns as host and No. 18 Perry Hall (6-3, 1-1) defeated Woodlawn (3-6, 0-2) in a Baltimore County 4A League game.
Overlea 30, Catonsville 6
Bernard Fitchette rushed for a touchdown and passed for another, as No. 19 Overlea (8-1, 6-0) defeated visiting Catonsville (1-8, 1-5). Overlea clinched at least a tie for the league title.
St. Paul's 8, Boys' Latin 7
Sean Mahoney scored a touchdown on a 9-yard run with 1 minute, 36 seconds remaining in the game and then caught a pass from Chas Offutt for the two-point conversion to lift visiting St. Paul's (8-1, 6-1) over Boys' Latin (2-6, 2-4) in an MSA C Conference game.