S. Carroll football stays playoff course

Cavaliers seek first berth since '88

player shortage ends F.S. Key's JV season

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High Schools

October 26, 2003|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The South Carroll football team continues to inch closer to its first postseason berth since 1988.

After Friday's 35-16 victory over Walkersville, the Cavaliers appear to have cemented their third-place position in the Class 2A West region. Under the state's expanded playoff system, the top four teams in each of the four regions qualify for the playoffs.

South Carroll (7-1) entered the weekend with a playoff point average of 7.42, then defeated Walkersville (7.14), which stood directly behind the Cavaliers in the rankings. The only other team in serious contention for the fourth and final spot, Francis Scott Key (6.14), lost to North Hagerstown.

And the next two teams down on the list, Liberty and South Hagerstown, lost Friday.

If South Carroll were to lose either of its final two regular-season games -- on the road against Catoctin and Liberty -- or possibly both, the Cavaliers would still most likely break their postseason drought.

By the same token, Francis Scott Key hasn't been eliminated from playoff contention, but would almost certainly need to win its final two games against Urbana and Winters Mill to preserve any chance.

Short season

Francis Scott Key has canceled the final two games of its JV football season because of a player shortage.

As of Friday, the Eagles' varsity was missing four starters because of injuries and illnesses, causing a domino effect on the JV and freshman teams.

"Really, the decision was about safety," said varsity football coach John Baugher. "We already have five freshmen playing on the JV program to fill out the roster. We had already had a couple of the freshmen that were up getting physically hurt."

Baugher used five JV players in Friday night's varsity loss to North Hagerstown.

Trading places

After further review, Carroll County cross country officials discovered an error in Thursday's county meet results.

According to the revised order of finish for the girls, Westminster's Amy Watson, who originally was listed as third, took second with a time of 22 minutes, 7.91 seconds, and Century's Lindsay Warfield, originally second, took third (22:52.08).

Westminster easily won both the girls and boys meets.

So close

Liberty golfer Andrew Rowden's first appearance in the state tournament proved to be a memorable one.

The senior shot a 4-over par 76 and finished second in the 2A-1A state tournament Monday in College Park. Rowden missed a 4-foot putt on the final hole that would have put him into a sudden-death playoff with winner Patrick Hinch of Aberdeen, who shot a 75.

"He's worked really hard, and he's never quit and never let up," said Liberty coach John Magee of Rowden. "I'm glad for him."

The Liberty boys were the lone Carroll County school to score as a team. The Lions finished sixth overall, as J.M. Bennett repeated as champion.

Also on Monday, Greg Mastalerz of Francis Scott Key shot a 79 to tie for 10th place on the cold afternoon.

North Carroll's Jon Walker then had the best Carroll County finish in Tuesday's 4A-3A tournament, tying for 14th with a 76.

Westminster's Sean Buenger shot a 77 and finished in a six-way tie for 20th place overall.

Contributing writer Jeff Seidel contributed to this article.

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