With much on the line, Joppatowne produces

28-19 win moves Mariners to 9-0, clinches title share

Football notebook

High Schools

November 05, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Joppatowne's football team had plenty of motivation going into Friday night's game at C. Milton Wright.

A victory would clinch at least a tie for the school's first Harford County title, mean its first win over the Mustangs since 1984 and keep it on track for only the school's second unbeaten season.

The 10th-ranked Mariners succeeded, 28-19, widening their lead in the Class 2A North Region and their pursuit of one of the top four seeds in the eight-team playoff field.

"We tried to keep everything that was on the line from the kids, but some of them found out," said seventh-year coach Greg Komondor, whose team has had only six turnovers all season.

"We've scored first in every game but one, and we scored first in this one. We expected to score at least 21 points. They played like they have all year."

In clinching at least a tie for the school's first league crown, Joppatowne (9-0) continued its best season since winning the Class C state title in 1975 with a 10-0 record. Joppatowne's final regular-season game will be against visiting county rival Havre de Grace (2-7).

Spence comes through

Eric Spence rushed for 156 yards and three touchdowns and, defensively, had five tackles and an interception as Curley defeated Severn, 20-14, on Saturday to clinch at least a share of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference title.

Also, quarterback Dominique Owens had a 70-yard touchdown run. Curley coach Sean Murphy said second-team All-Metro lineman Jack Herzogg played well, both offensively and defensively, and defensive back Tom Boettcher shut down Severn's top receiver in the second half.

According to league director Rick Diggs, the Friars (3-1 league, 7-2 overall) must await the result of next week's game between Severn (2-1) and St. Mary's (2-1) to determine the champion.

It is the second football title in school history for Curley, which moved up from the C Conference, in which it won last fall's Gold Division crown.

Patriots' game

Running back T.D. Callahan had 231 yards and three touchdowns in John Carroll's 35-12 victory over MIAA C Conference rival Pallotti that clinched the school's fourth football title - its first since 1985.

Brendon Ireton, son of coach Sean Ireton, had a 65-yard scoring run and two interceptions for the Patriots (4-0 league, 6-2 overall). Fullback Nick Rich also scored for John Carroll, whose only losses have been to St. Paul's of the B Conference and Joppatowne, the latter by 23-22.

Linemen Owen Jordan, Christian Kansler, Greg Adamski, Tyler Smardzewski, Jon Gentri and Morgan Lowman cleared the way.

Suspense continues

With one week left in the public school season, some interesting playoff situations have arisen.

In Class 4A, it appears that Anne Arundel County will be represented by Meade, Broadneck and Old Mill if all three teams win their final games. Patterson is another team that should qualify.

Forest Park leads Class 1A, but Dunbar, its opponent next week, could also qualify. Rising Sun (7-2) and Oakland Mills (5-4) are eighth and ninth. Even if both teams win, the final spot will come down to bonus points.

Randallstown and Annapolis should make it into the Class 3A field. That is, if the former defeats Baltimore County rival Milford Mill, which could edge Randallstown for the North Region crown and a berth with a victory next week.

Defending 3A champ Calvert (7-1), presently in eighth place, could lose the final spot to its Southern Maryland Athletic Conference rival Westlake (8-1) if both teams win their final games

In order, City, Joppatowne and Glenelg are expected to be the top three seeds in Class 2A. Hereford and Eastern Tech also should qualify in 2A, but the Mavericks are in a close race with Easton for the final berth.

Stay tuned.

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