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Martin played a crucial role in the Knights' stunning, 28-20 upset of Severna Park (4-3) Friday night in Linthicum. The junior wide receiver, who was All-County as a sophomore with a county-leading 41 receptions for 446 yards and three touchdowns, had 10 receptions for 150 yards and three touchdowns against Severna Park.
As quarterback Eric Howard's main target, Martin grabbed touchdown passes of 14, 30 and 22 yards to run his season totals to 42 catches for 567 yards and six touchdowns.
In addition, Martin ran back three kickoffs for a total of 67 yards and returned two punts for a combined 16 yards in the biggest win in the two-year history of the Knights (5-2).
"No doubt about it, it's a big win simply because of the tradition they [Severna Park] have there," Coach Chuck Markiewicz said.
"That's [Severna Park] the standard, no doubt about it. If you aspire to be like that, you've got to beat those kind of teams. We played a hell of a game. You saw it all here tonight."
Martin's glue-like hands propelled the victory, which kept the Knights in the playoff hunt in 4A Region IV and in the county 4A League. North County is 4-2 in county-league action, with three
games to go.
Top female athlete
In two more wins by the unbeaten Patriots (10-0) of Coach Bruce Sponsler, Lee fired in four goals, including all three in a 3-0 blanking of Meade (4-6) Saturday.
"Teri has nine goals for the season, nine big goals," said Sponsler. "She had a couple of her goals against Broadneck and the three against Meade. Teri scores big goals in the big games."
Her fourth goal last week came in a 9-0 rout of Annapolis (1-6-3) in what was more or less a cameo appearance. Sponsler cleared his bench, and Lee had limited playing time after scoring the Patriots' first goal.
Powell, a 5-foot-10 and 165-pound senior cornerback-running back, was spectacular defensively in the Mustangs' 34-0 romp over Glen Burnie (3-4) Friday night.
With Meade (4-3) leading, 6-0, in the second period, Powell blocked his first of two punts and returned the loose pigskin 30 yards to pay dirt. Then, early in the second half, Powell did it again, this time going 33 yards to six points after gobbling up the blocked punt.
On the night, Powell was in on 10 tackles for second-year head coach Hayse Henderson. Four of those hits were unassisted, and Powell also contributed offensively with four carries for 43 yards.
"Kevin is a very good academic student and will probably make a great college football player somewhere because of his ability and grades," Henderson said.
With a school home-course record of 21 minutes, 28 seconds, Sanders won the girls individual race Friday in a meet against Annapolis.
"Marisa took 19 seconds off our school course record, which she set last year against Westminster," Coach Gary Bater said.
Gibson's second goal of the game with just two seconds left lifted the Cougars (6-2-1) of Coach Jerry Raab to a 2-1 thriller over Annapolis (5-4-1) Friday.
"I thought we were going into overtime, but Monica came through before time ran out," said Raab.
The victory enabled Raab's Cougars to match their win total of last year, when they were 6-4-3 as a Region IV semifinalist.
This junior place-kicker made the boot of his life Saturday to enable the Cavaliers to end three years and 27 games of total frustration dating back to Oct. 15, 1988.
NB That was the last time the Cavs won a football game (38-0 over
Friends of Baltimore) until Saturday's 13-12 upset of Southwestern (3-3) of Baltimore. Alber's extra-point kick in the third period provided the margin of victory as the Cavs' defense got the job done the rest of the way.
Spalding tied Douglass of Baltimore, 0-0, in last season's second game, but proceeded to lose the last seven games of that year and the first six this year to extend the team's winless streak to 27 games.
Crawford saved his best game of the season for what was the biggest game of the year thus far, as the Falcons (9-1) dealt previously unbeaten Chesapeake (8-1-1) its first loss, 4-2, Friday.
The Severna Park senior forward recorded a hat trick in dominating the Cougars on their home turf. His third goal proved to be the game-winner, and it came some 13 minutes into the second half.
"Mike was a dominant force up front and he's a player who has worked hard to improve his game," Coach Don Gregg said.
Earlier in the week, Crawford pumped in the first goal in the Falcons' 3-0 blanking of Glen Burnie (3-6-1).
With the four goals, Crawford ran his season total to six goals with two assists.
Dixon banged 20 hits and seven kills to pace the Cavaliers to a 3-0 victory over Catholic High of Baltimore to put a lid on the Catholic League championship last Tuesday.
The win by scores of 15-10, 15-10 and 15-11 completed a regular season at 9-0 for Coach Linda Millford, the ex-Glen Burnie High star athlete.