True freshman DaLawn Parrish (Howard) played an exceptional game in his first appearance for Wake Forest last week.
Parrish, The Baltimore Sun's Howard County Defensive Player of the Year, made eight unassisted tackles and two assisted tackles against Clemson.
He came into the game on the second defensive series and recovered a fumble on the second play to set up Wake's first touchdown. Later, one of his tackles caused a fumble.
Parrish ended up in 45 plays at free safety and strong safety. He had not played in Wake's first two games. Only three of 23 freshmen have played for Wake so far. Injuries to a defensive back and two linebackers created an opening for him.
Parrish, along with Terrence Suber (City) will be starting defensive backs for the Deacons when they play at the Naval Academy Saturday at 7 p.m.
Hurting Lions take off
The Howard football team (2-0) is off to a fast start. The 6-0 win over Edmondson last week surprised a lot of people.
It was more surprising considering the trouble Howard has had at tailback. Three tailbacks have been injured.
First, Brian Palmer sprained his knee in the preseason. Then, Myron Jones went out with an appendicitis operation. And last week Anthony Haywood sprained his ankle against Edmondson.
Brian Broadus filled in for Haywood last week and will get the nod again this week.
Wilde Lake improves
The Wilde Lake boys soccer team last season went 4-9-1 and scored only 15 goals -- eight of those in one game. It lost seven 1-0 games.
Prospects appear much better this season. The Wildecats already have scored nine goals in four games and are 2-1-1.
Junior midfielder David Briefel scored three of those goals, and sophomore Jamaican forward Mamay Clarke has three.
Hammond rolls on
Hammond won its second straight football game last week, defeating Eastern Tech, 33-0.
Linebacker Vince Sharps made seven tackles, recovered a fumble and caused a fumble.
Quarterback Tim Spruill completed 4 of 12 passes for 94 yards and rushed nine times for 133 yards and three touchdowns. Mike Bright caught three passes for 40 yards.
Yim out for season
Mount Hebron's football team (2-0) is off to its best start in recent years. But the Vikings lost an inspirational player last week against Patapsco.
Senior nose guard and fullback Peter Yim broke his ankle and is out for the rest of the season.
Plays of the week
Mount Hebron's Mike McCarthy caught a pass at the 10-yard line and dragged three Patapsco defenders into the end zone.
Hammond's Josh Zillmer returned a kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown against Eastern Tech.
Laycock goes national
Centennial's Matt Laycock, who scored a goal against Dulaney and had an assist against C. Milton Wright in two Eagles' soccer wins, is a player with national team experience.
He played for the United States under-17 team July 30 to Aug. 15 at the FIFA/JVC Cup in Ecuador.
The U.S. team lost all three games it played but Laycock played well.
In November he'll be in Cocoa Beach, Fla., where the under-18 inter-regional pool will be picked.
Wilde Lake improves
Wilde Lake football coach Doug DuVall's second week of the season was much better than his first one. The Wildecats defeated Bladensburg, 20-8.
The first week was a 27-12 loss under the lights at South Carroll -- topped off by the news he received upon arriving home that his truck had been stolen.