The famine is over for the Francis Scott Key football team.
More than a quarter of a century since the last time the program captured a Monocacy Valley Athletic League championship, the Eagles clinched at least a tie for the title with a 40-0 rout of host Brunswick last night.
Senior running back Brendan MacDaniel carried the ball 14 times for 127 yards and two touchdowns, while senior quarterback Ryan Bordner rushed for two scores on three carries.
But it was the defensive unit that helped Francis Scott Key extend its winning streak to 10 games, dating back to last season.
"We were very concerned about them running ball and held them to 43 yards rushing," said Eagles coach Mike Coons. "We scored and got ahead, and they kept rolling three and out."
Francis Scott Key, which hadn't won a league crown since 1974, just has to win one of its next two games to win the title.
No. 4 Edmondson 45, Southern-B 0: Senior linebacker Anthony Tucker returned two fumbles for touchdowns as the Redskins (7-0) walloped Southern (1-6) at Swann Park.
No. 7 Hereford 65, Overlea 0: Junior Josh Morris and seniors Billy Wright and Todd Leitzel each scored two touchdowns as the Bulls (8-0) racked up the most points in school history against the Falcons (1-7).
No. 11 Eastern Tech 55, Perry Hall 0: Junior Broderick Maybank took the opening kickoff 81 yards for a touchdown and added a 55-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to pace the Mavericks (7-1, 6-1) at CCBC-Essex.
No. 15 Lake Clifton 52, Dunbar 6: Senior running back Alan Carr rushed for 203 yards on 12 carries and three touchdowns to help the visiting Lakers (8-0, 4-0 in the league) remain undefeated.
No. 4 Calvert Hall 4, No. 5 Loyola 1: Senior striker Steve Davis tallied his first career hat trick to lead the visiting Cardinals to a surprisingly easy win.
The victory allowed Calvert Hall (14-3-2) to clinch the No. 2 seed in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament next week.
Although Loyola (13-3-2) and the Cardinals share the same league mark of 9-3-2, Calvert Hall earned home-field advantage in the tournament semifinal against the same Dons at 3:15 p.m. next Friday.
No. 3 McDonogh 3, Archbishop Spalding 0: Sophomore goalkeeper Joe Pietrapolli turned away just three saves to record his 14th shutout of the season as the visiting Eagles won their fifth straight game.
Senior midfielder Dan Levin scored two goals to help McDonogh improve to 12-2 in the conference and 21-4 overall.
No. 4 John Carroll 1, No. 6 Notre Dame Prep 0: Lauren Betzing's header off a cross from Mairead Gordon paced the Patriots (15-2, 8-2 league) to a win at the Maryland Independent High School Championships at Chancellor's Run.
John Carroll - which also thumped Holy Cross, 3-0, and Palotti, 6-0 - advanced to tomorrow's semifinals at Chancellor's Run.
No. 12 Notre Dame Prep 2, Maryvale 0: Senior midfielder Kristen Zatina broke a scoreless tie by scoring with less than 5:10 left in the second half to pace the Blazers (8-6-3).
No. 2 Dulaney 3, Woodlawn 0: The defending Class 4A state champions needed just 35 minutes to sweep the visiting Warriors, 15-0, 15-0, 15-4.
Senior defensive specialist Julie Salamon recorded seven of the Lions' 12 aces as Dulaney, which hasn't lost to a Baltimore County school in nearly three seasons, improved to 14-0 overall and 10-0 in the county.
The Lions, who won the county's Division II, earned the right to play Division I champ Towson for the county championship next week.
No. 5 Severna Park 3, Annapolis 0: Junior setter Megan Boyd registered 18 assists to power the Falcons to a 15-2, 15-6, 15-4 sweep.
Senior hitter Nicky Kapelewskis finished with six kills, while senior Jenny Lebowitz and junior Christina Grempler contributed four kills each for the Falcons, who improved to 9-0 in the county and 12-3 overall.
No. 7 Broadneck 3, Meade 0: Junior Meredith Della Giustina had six kills and two blocks to lead the visiting Bruins, 15-5, 15-1, 15-3.