Comeback begins for Centennial kicker
Just walking onto the field on Friday was a victory for Centennial's Brian Reid.
Reid, the Eagles' kicker/punter, saw his season cut short last October by injuries he sustained in an automobile accident.
He suffered intestinal damage and needed surgery to repair his ruptured spleen and a ruptured quadriceps in his right leg. Reid, who was hospitalized for 10 days and spent three days in Maryland Shock Trauma Center, also required plastic surgery to repair a gash above his right eye.
Reid, who was a senior, fell behind in his schoolwork, and he opted to repeat his senior year.
"It felt unusual to be on the field again, but it was unusually good," Reid said. "When you're growing up, you live in a protected, controlled world. [The accident] woke me up and said: 'You're in the real world. Things like this can happen.' "
Reid was one of the area's best specialists last season, with a 39.1 punting average and a 53.1 average on kickoffs. He was 8-for-8 on extra points and 2-for-3 on field-goal attempts.
Reid said he is nearly 100 percent physically, although Centennial coach Ed Holshue said "he still has some problems with his plant leg. His mobility isn't quite as good, but it hasn't affected his kicking."
In Friday's 34-8 win over Catonsville, Reid converted four of five PATs and had a 48.5 average on kickoffs. His only punt went 28 yards, after he handled a high snap.
Records, streaks, milestones
Randallstown and Wilde Lake won their season openers Friday to extend the area's longest winning streaks to 14 games. The Rams edged Annapolis, 18-17, and Wilde Lake beat South Carroll, 20-12.
* Sparrows Point extended the area's longest losing streak to 13 games with a 6-0 loss to Bohemia Manor on Friday.
* Archbishop Spalding's winless streak reached 21 after Friday's 32-6 loss to Catoctin.
* With Annapolis losing to Randallstown and Severna Park falling to High Point (22-14, Friday), Anne Arundel County's two traditional football powers have combined to lose their past seven openers.
Upset of the week
Not everyone was surprised by Meade's 20-14 upset of Montgomery County power Springbrook on Saturday.
"People forget about the tradition Meade has," second-year Meade coach Hayse Henderson said. "They forget about [former coaches] Jerry Mears and Chuck Markiewicz. Meade has one of the best traditions in [Anne Arundel] county as a football program. I feel we can win any time we go on the field, and our kids feel that way as well."
Meade, coming off the worst season (1-9) in school history, defeated a team that has won six Class 4A state championships in 17 seasons. The Blue Devils were state runners-up on two other occasions and made the semifinals last year.
Was this baseball or football
It's not a misprint: Edgewood defeated James M. Bennett, 6-4, on Friday.
Edgewood had taken a 6-0 lead on a first-quarter touchdown before yielding two safeties in the fourth quarter. The second safety was intentional, and it almost backfired.
James M. Bennett got the ball back with 30 seconds left, completed one pass and set up for a potential winning field goal with 15 seconds remaining, but Mike Bertoni's 35-yard attempt was unsuccessful.
Edgewood coach Kevin Reilly said he did not second-guess his decision to take the intentional safety.
"I figured whatever was going to happen would happen," he said. "They had wasted all their timeouts and we had played solid defense all night. I figured if we could get them far enough away from the end zone we could keep them from scoring."
Kenwood's lucky number: 46
Kenwood has not won often in recent seasons -- it had lost 16 of 17 before this season -- but when the Bluebirds win, they win big.
Jesse DeBord passed for 317 yards and five touchdowns, and Joe Gray had 159 yards receiving and five touchdowns in Friday's 46-30 win over Bel Air.
Kenwood, 0-10 last season, had not won since the final weekend of the 1989 season when it defeated Catonsville. The score? 46-8.
Incidentally, the Bluebirds scored 63 points last season and didn't reach 46 until the eighth game of the season.
After a 13-year break, Gerry Gray returned as John Carroll's head coach Friday. In his first game back, the Patriots lost, 21-14, to St. Mary's.
"I think I'm a little rusty," said Gray, who coached the Patriots from 1966-78. "I just decided to come back. The job was open, and I applied for it."
In between his football-coaching stints, Gray coached the girls cross-country team.
Nobody said it would be easy
Counting Gray, there are nine new head coaches this season, seven of whom lost their season openers. Only Mike Working (McDonogh) and Robert Helms (Loch Raven) got off to winning starts.
Loch Raven edged Fallston, 8-6, Friday, and McDonogh surprised Lake Clifton, 20-6, Saturday.
* Most touchdowns: Joe Gray, Kenwood, 5.
* Longest touchdown rushing: Kyle Sanders, Franklin, 67 yards.
* Longest touchdown passing: Jesse DeBord, Kenwood, 78 yards to Joe Gray.