Defense rises for emerging Chesapeake

Win has Cougars on track for second winning season

Football notebook

High Schools

October 27, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Nose guard Paul Burke, linebacker Wayne Ambrose and cornerback Zach Ring, all seniors, and sophomore Eric Bolner, playing his first varsity game, led two second-half goal line stands, and Lloyd Henson intercepted a pass inside his 15-yard line inside the final two minutes Friday night to help Chesapeake of Anne Arundel remain on pace to secure the program's second winning season.

A 17-yard scoring run by Dennis Sheets tied the score with five minutes to play, and Chris Majerowicz kicked the game-winning extra point, as the Cougars (5-3 overall and league) defeated visiting Severna Park, 13-12.

Junior quarterback Gary Townes rushed for 109 yards and his 11th touchdown, raising his single-season totals to 1,117 yards on the ground and 934 passing yards for nine touchdowns.

Chesapeake, coming off a 4-6 year, is seeking its first above-.500 season since going 6-4 under coach Denis Schanberger in 1985. The Falcons (4-4, 4-3) missed both extra-point kick tries and a 22-yard field-goal attempt.

Playing smart

In his past two games, quarterback T.J. Swanson of No. 8 South Carroll (7-1) has thrown for 641 yards and eight touchdowns, and rushed for 140 yards and three scores.

For the year, he has 1,489 passing yards for 15 touchdowns and 365 rushing yards for eight touchdowns.

Swanson, who has a 3.6 grade point average in advance-placement classes, has drawn interest from Colorado State, Colorado, Maryland, Arizona, Princeton, Dartmouth, Fordham, Yale, Colgate, Rutgers, Towson, Georgetown, Richmond, West Virginia and Virginia.

Victory at last

Senior Chris Dooley scored a touchdown and averaged 49 yards on four punts, and senior Noah Smith recovered a fumble in the end zone for the game-winning safety, as Atholton (1-6, 1-7) won a battle of winless Howard County teams, 17-6, against visiting Reservoir (0-8, 0-8), a first-year varsity program.

Josh Burke scored the other touchdown, Matt Winger ran for two points, and Andrew Jaques and Sean Conners recovered fumbles for the Raiders.

Field caps comeback

Justin Field rushed for his fourth touchdown of the year with 35 seconds to play, completing a 60-yard drive that lifted No. 5 Glenelg (8-0, 8-0) to a come-from-behind 21-18 Howard County League win Saturday over Mount Hebron (5-3, 5-2) and its 34th straight regular-season victory.

Fit to be tied?

Last year, Severn, St. Paul's and St. Mary's finished in a three-way tie for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's B Conference title.

St. Paul's (4-3, 3-1) clinched at least a tie for its second straight crown with Friday's 31-8 rout of Cardinal Gibbons, but Archbishop Curley and Severn still could have a say in the finish. Curley (6-2, 1-1), an earlier 36-27 loser to St. Paul's, still has remaining division games against St. Mary's and Gibbons, and Severn (4-3, 2-1), which has lost to Curley, still must play St. Mary's. Severn has beaten St. Paul's.

March of the Mavs

Eastern Tech's No. 1 ranking is the first in school history, surpassing the Mavericks' No. 2 area ranking of 1998, when they went a school-best 12-1 and finished as Class 3A state runners-up to Friendly of Prince George's County.

Eastern Tech (8-0, 5-0 league), in Marc Mesaros' first year as coach, has eight shutouts during a 14-game winning streak that dates to a loss during Week 4 last fall to Hereford. The Mavericks have five shutouts this season, during which they have outscored rivals 329-30.

Next up for the Mavericks is Baltimore County 3A-2A conference-rival Overlea (5-2, 5-0), winner of five straight.

Cash keeps finding end zone

Joppatowne (4-3, 4-1) continued to receive strong play from senior Brent Cash, who Friday returned a kickoff 90 yards for one touchdown, and rushed for 160 yards and three more scores in a 33-28 win over visiting Harford County League rival Bel Air (4-3, 2-3).

Cash has 16 touchdowns for the Mariners, who kept alive their hopes of qualifying for the 1A state playoffs. Joppatowne, a winner of four of its past five games under coach Greg Komondor, was 2A state runner-up to Hereford in 2001.

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