Players on the Columbia Bulldogs ages 11-13 football team spent their Thanksgiving weekend in New Jersey. They returned with an early Christmas present.
The Bulldogs defeated Lacey (N.J.), 30-22, to capture the Pop Warner Mid-Atlantic Region championship.
Running back Fardan Carter scored on touchdown runs of 5, 45, 60 and 70 yards and kicked a pair of two-point conversions to lead the Bulldogs. Carter scored 11 touchdowns in Columbia's three regional games.
Backfield mate Dain Lewis also had a big day against Lacey, gaining over 100 yards on the ground, and fullback Chris Poling added 65 yards. Quarterback Casey Moffett and wide receiver Anthony Jackson, also played well, connecting on a 60-yard pass play to set up a score.
Defensively, safety Josh Zillmer had an interception and six solo tackles. Josh Neel added 10 tackles.
The Bulldogs, coached by Fred Brooks, Joe Bross and Ed Sanford, finished their season 12-0-1.
Other team members were Andrew Ashby, Scott Bross, Owen Brown, Paul Duffy, Daniel Feher, Sean Jefferson, Mike Kelley, Matt Kolb, Greg Matusewitch, David Murrell, Josh Neel, Carl Noble, Aron Selnich, Mike Sharps, Mike Smith, Matt Teel, Josh Vanderwagen and Jarrod White.
The Grim Reapers defeated the Hosers in overtime Sunday morning to win the championship of the Department of Recreation and Parks' Run-and-Shoot Football Tournament.
The second seed Reapers needed just three plays in overtime to get the winning score. The tournament's top seed, the R. R .S. Barons, bowed out after losing to the Hosers in the third round of the double-elimination tournament.
After 10 weeks of action in the Howard County Men's Hockey League, the Red team and the Orange team continue to lead the pack.
The Red team (7-2) took over sole possession of first place with a 14-6 win over the Blue team, while the Orange team (6-2-1) played the White team to a 5-5 tie.
Behind the Red and Orange teams Blue and Gold, both 4-5.
In the scoring race, Jay Lach (21 goals) continues to hold a lead over Pat Glennon (18) and Matt Dunne (17). Lach has 34 points for the season, best in the league.
Two goals by Chris Ford helped the under-13 Columbia Contact battle back twice from two-goal deficits for a 3-3 tie with the South Carroll Top Guns Friday in the Pikesville Soccer Club Thanksgiving Tournament.
Ryan Cox and Robbie Abramson assisted on Ford's scores, and Abramson scored with an assist from Mike Charamella. Throughout the tournament, Jared Blaney, Josh Mazalewski and Louis Grimmel led the defense.
The Contact, lost two other games in the tournament, by 4-0 scores, to the Freedom Strikers and Parkville Soccer Club.