Athletes of the Week

Athletes of the Week

September 28, 2005



Clancy engineered Westminster rally

The Westminster Owls were in trouble early last Friday night against Carroll County rival Francis Scott Key, their most difficult game yet. The Owls trailed 14-0 after one quarter, and 14-12 at halftime, at which point senior quarterback Kevin Clancy had completed only three passes on 10 attempts.

But the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Clancy came to life in the second half, where he went nine-for-13 for 253 yards and four touchdowns - all in the third quarter. Clancy finished 12-for-23 with 273 passing yards and scores of 14, 15, 17 and 36 yards to three different receivers.

The 46-20 victory over last year's county champs raised the Owls' record to 3-0 against county rivals and sets up Friday night's Monocacy Valley Athletic League Chesapeake Division showdown against visiting Urbana of Frederick County, a winner of four state titles.

Clancy led seven consecutive scoring drives. The Owls totaled 400 offensive yards against the Eagles. On the season, Clancy is 49-for-67 for 751 yards and nine touchdowns with just two interceptions. Clancy, whose team averages 46 points, threw for 1,950 yards and 22 touchdowns last season.



Hall coming up big for Garrison Forest

Poppy Hall, a Garrison Forest junior, scored two big goals last week to keep the No. 10 Grizzlies in contention in the Interscho lastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference race.

The forward scored the tying goal in a 2-2 tie with No. 11 Severn and then scored with 1:30 left in the game to beat No. 13 Bryn Mawr.

Hall, who also plays lacrosse for the Grizzlies, has scored six goals in eight games.

"She's scored some momentum-shifting goals for us," said Griz zlies coach Traci Davis. "Her stick is always in the right place, and she's getting her stick on balls in the circle and on the field to distribute."

Hall, a student who gets mostly A's and B's and hopes to be an architect, played field hockey in England and the Netherlands over the summer on a EuroTour with some of her Garrison For est teammates.

She credits that experience with improving her game, especially her stickwork after playing on artificial turf.

"I feel like I'm more comfortable with the ball," Hall said. "Last year, it was more of a passing game. Now, I feel I can take con trol of the ball and dodge people easier."

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