F.S. Key has berth, titles in sights with 2 games left

Richards leads Overlea into Eastern Tech test

Football notebook

High Schools

October 26, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

With two games left, Francis Scott Key appears to be not only closing in on the postseason berth that has eluded it since 2000, but also on titles in both the Carroll County League and in the Piedmont Division of the Monocacy Valley Athletic League, said third-year coach John Baugher.

Last weekend's 32-28 win over Tuscarora of Frederick County moved the Eagles to 5-0 in the Piedmont, and 7-1 overall. A win over county rival Winters Mill in the season finale would clinch an unbeaten Piedmont record, along with a 6-1 county mark that would clinch that title as well.

The Eagles have virtually clinched a Class 2A West Region playoff berth, having won six straight games since a 21-14 loss to county rival Liberty.

Baugher attributes much of the Eagles' success to their massive offensive line, which includes Danny Bridges (6 feet 5, 285 pounds), Will Brown (6-2, 265), Ralph Stambaugh (6-1, 275), Brian DeCarlo (6-1, 210), Trevor Felkner (5-11, 235) and Josh Taylor (5-9, 235). Behind them, running backs Layton Hersh (862 rushing yards), Matt Angell (653) and Ryan Blanchette (412) have combined for 20 rushing touchdowns out of the wing-T offense.

Defensive end Andy Prince (6-2, 225) has returned an interception for a score, Stambaugh has three sacks and an interception for a score, and Blanchette, a 220-pound linebacker, has 62 tackles. Next is Friday night's non-league game at Urbana (8-0), which is coming off a 20-13 victory over a Westminster team the Eagles hammered, 41-13.

Falcons flying

Akeem Richards, a versatile playmaker who was second-team All-Baltimore City/County, leads Overlea into Friday night's Baltimore County 3A-2A League clash with eighth-ranked, defending conference champ Eastern Tech.

Richards has caught 28 passes for 783 yards, returned two punts and one kickoff for scores, and intercepted four passes for the host Falcons (7-1 overall, 5-0 league). Overlea takes a seven-game winning streak against the visiting Mavericks (7-1, 4-1) into a game between teams vying with each other and Baltimore City league stalwarts Poly and City College in a tight race for a Class 2A North Region playoff berth.

Luthe's last laugh

After winning its previous seven games with mostly a run-oriented offense, Mount Hebron coach Larry Luthe unleashed quarterback Kyle Barnett during Saturday's 35-7, Howard County League rout of then-No. 14 Glenelg.

Against the Gladiators' man-to-man defense, Barnett (5-for-8 passing, 172 yards), who entered the game having thrown five scoring passes, demonstrated just how he had tossed 15 last season.

Barnett rushed for one score and threw two each to Chris Eccleston and Derek Chell, and Tony Cipro made all five extra-point kicks as the No. 12 Vikings moved to 8-0 overall (7-0 league), their best record since 1982 when Luthe played on a Mount Hebron squad that was Class C (now 1A) state runner-up.

Mount Hebron ends the regular season with No. 11 River Hill (8-0, 7-0) and Long Reach (7-1, 7-1), each of which is in a tight race with the Vikings for one of four Class 3A East Region berths.

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