Two unbeaten but trail in region


High Schools

October 09, 2003|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Midway through the football season, Glenelg and River Hill are the only undefeated county teams left, but neither is leading its classification in playoff points.

In the Class 3A East region, River Hill (5-0) trails Frederick Douglas 8.40 to 8.00 with Gwynn Park third at 7.80, Wilde Lake (4-1) fourth at 5.80 and Long Reach (3-2) fifth at 4.60. Mount Hebron (3-2) is sixth at 4.00.

The first four teams make the playoffs, and the first two open the playoffs at home.

In the 2A South region, Potomac leads at 8.20 with Glenelg (5-0) second at 6.80. Southern of Anne Arundel is third at 6.60, and Forestville fourth at 5.60.

In the 1A South region, third-place Oakland Mills (4-1) at 6.00 trails Poolesville at 7.20 and Dunbar at 6.64. Baltimore's W.E.B. DuBois is fourth at 5.36.

New Hawks record

Ben Nowak broke a River Hill record with 12 catches for 114 yards in last week's 20-19 win over Oakland Mills. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound senior broke the old mark of 10 set by Chris Martin.

Big soccer game canceled

The much-awaited boys soccer showdown between No. 1 Oakland Mills and Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association power McDonogh, scheduled for Sept. 20 but postponed because of Tropical Storm Isabel, has been canceled.

Scorpions coach Don Shea said Oakland Mills offered No. 5 McDonogh five makeup dates but that the Eagles' schedule was crammed with several league makeups.

Finally, a homecoming win

Mount Hebron's football team, which lost its first two games, now has three straight wins, including Saturday's 33-12 triumph over Howard.

It was Mount Hebron's first homecoming win since 1988.

"The kids are getting better each week, and that's our goal," said coach Larry Luthe. "It's a close-knit team that's working hard and showed a lot of character against Howard. Late in the first half, we had a punt blocked inside the 10, and we stopped them. We do need improvement on our special teams."

Quarterback Kyle Barnett was 9-for-11 for 145 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Chris Eccleston rushed nine times for 107 yards and two touchdowns. And Jeff Morales caught five passes for 71 yards and two touchdowns.

Scorps add five to Hall

Oakland Mills inducted five new members to its Athletic Hall of Fame at halftime of Saturday's homecoming football game against River Hill.

Martin Payne (Class of 1986), Theresa O'Donnell (Class of 1984), John Bates Jr. (Class of 1984), Coach Steve Matters and Coach Don Shea were the inductees.

Payne, who played on an undefeated state soccer championship team in 1985 (16-0) and scored the lone goal in the state championship game, was on the school's first county basketball title team and a two-time state track champion. He held the county 100-meter record for 10 years.

O'Donnell was four-time All-County in soccer, three-time All-County in basketball and a captain in tennis. He had a basketball scholarship to Mount St. Mary's.

Bates, twice a county football champion, was first-team All-Metro and a two-year starter in basketball and baseball.

Matters, a Maryland graduate, coached the first county and regional football championship teams and a state champion girls soccer team in 1985.

Shea, a Slippery Rock graduate, has coached eight state championship soccer teams for the Scorpions. Thirty-four former players have coached at the high school or college level.

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