St. Mary's defensive line and linebackers combined to register 12 sacks, leading the Saints to a 23-0 victory over Boys' Latin yesterday in an important Maryland Scholastic Association Conference game.
The victory keeps St. Mary's title hopes alive. The Saints improved to 7-2 overall and 5-1 in the conference. Boys' Latin dropped out of contention at 4-4, 3-3.
Severn (6-2, 5-0), which leads the C Conference, plays host to St. Paul's (6-1, 4-1) today at 3 p.m. St. Mary's takes on Severn in its season finale next week.
In addition to the sacks, which resulted in losses of 53 yards for Boys' Latin, the Saints' special teams scored a touchdown when Ward Eichelberger blocked a punt by Pat Cairns from the Lakers' 19-yard line. Fran McAndrews picked up the ball at the 18 and ran it in for the score with 1 minute, 53 seconds left in the first half to cap the scoring.
"Our defense has played great all year," said Saints coach Brad Best. "We had a letdown in the second half on offense."
The Saints got their first score when Josey Conte ran for an 11-yard touchdown, capping a seven-play, 45-yard drive with 3:37 left in the first quarter. Rory Keirnan ran for the conversion to give St. Mary's an 8-0 lead.
Quarterback Adam Hrebiniak connected with Keith Kretkowski in the corner of the end zone from 17 yards out for the Saints' second score with 2:52 left in the half. Hrebiniak ran for the conversion to make it 16-0.
Calvert Hall 24, Forest Park 12
Running back Will Harcum ran for 80 yards and two touchdowns in the second half as top-ranked Calvert Hall (7-0, 5-0) rallied from a 12-11 halftime deficit to turn back visiting Forest Park's upset bid yesterday in a Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference game.
Harcum finished with 122 yards and three touchdowns. Adam Roberts ran for 84 yards on 13 carries in the first half for the Cardinals, who out-gained the Foresters (2-5, 2-4), 321-150, in total offense.
On Friday, Calvert Hall and No. 2 City (6-0, 5-0) meet at City at 2:45 p.m.
Perry Hall 31, Dundalk 24
Mark Franklin rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown and John Garst ran for two touchdowns as host Perry Hall (5-3, 5-1) defeated Dundalk (4-4, 3-3) in a Baltimore County 4A-3A Division game.
Perry Hall scored 31 consecutive points after Dundalk had taken an 8-0 lead after one quarter.
Aberdeen 7, Parkville 0
Demont Blackmon's 34-yard touchdown run with 6:00 remaining lifted co-No. 7 Aberdeen (7-1) over visiting Parkville (3-5).
Although Blackmon ran for 34 yards on one play, he finished with just 51 yards on 15 carries.
Overlea 35, Pikesville 14
Tyrese Barmer rushed for 159 yards and two touchdowns to lead No. 6 Overlea (8-0, 7-0) over host Pikesville (3-5, 2-5) in a Baltimore County 2A-1A Division game.
Jay Glickson (20-for-34, 234 yards passing) rushed for a touchdown and passed for another to lead Pikesville.
Patterson 34, Walbrook 0
Buddy Edmond passed for 112 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a touchdown to lead No. 10 Patterson (6-2, 4-2) over host Walbrook (0-7, 0-5) in an MSA B Conference game.
South River 21, Lackey 15
Chris Messineo rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown and Jake Cameron ran for two touchdowns to lead No. 11 South River (7-1) over visiting Lackey.
Randallstown 28, Dulaney 14
Donte Boyd had 19 carries for 144 yards and two touchdowns as No. 20 Randallstown (5-3, 4-2) defeated visiting Dulaney (2-6, 2-4) in a Baltimore County 4A-3A Division game. Brandon Holt connected with Tyrone Wells for a 52-yard touchdown pass for the Rams.
Edmondson 34, Dunbar 12
Michael Dawkins threw four touchdown passes, as Edmondson (5-1, 5-1) defeated host Dunbar (1-4, 1-4) in an MSA B Conference game. Clarence Amos caught three of Dawkins' (( scoring passes, including an 80-yarder in the second quarter.
Milford Mill 20, Hereford 6
Jerome Dennis threw for 206 yards and two touchdowns, as visiting Milford Mill (5-3, 4-1) defeated Hereford (1-7, 1-4) in a Baltimore County 2A-1A Division game. Donald Covington caught four passes for 88 yards and a touchdown for the Millers.
Loch Raven 50, Sparrows Pt. 7
Albert Seeman and Ryan Moore each returned interceptions for touchdowns, as Loch Raven scored 31 points in the second quarter to rout host Sparrows Point in a Baltimore County 2A-1A Division game.
Towson 46, Patapsco 14
Tex DeLeon rushed for 167 and three touchdowns as Towson (7-1, 6-1) routed Patapsco (3-5, 3-4) in a Baltimore County 2A-1A Division game. Davon Neverdon added 151 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
Glen Burnie 14, Queen Anne's 0
Ray Harrod rushed for 185 yards and two touchdowns to lead host Glen Burnie (4-4, 3-4) over Queen Anne's (0-8, 0-8) in an Anne Arundel County 4A Division game. The win ended Glen Burnie's four-game losing streak.