Maybin carries Catonsville, 21-0


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Having missed out on a chance to impress college recruiters at the prestigious Nike Camp due to a scheduling snafu last April, Catonsville's Jaren Maybin is trying to make up for a lost opportunity.

He made a big impression in yesterday's 21-0 rout of previously unbeaten Carver in a Class 3A North regional semifinal at Poly. It was an effort rival coach Ron Frierson said "reminded me of [former NFL great] Jim Brown."

Maybin rushed for 262 yards on 45 carries and scores of 1, 4 and 28 yards, the latter ending an 11-play, 88-yard drive with 5:20 left to play. Anton Smith had two sacks, John Longo, Eddie Harvey and Drew DeArmond recovered fumbles and Phil Okuzu had an interception in the Comets' fourth shutout of the season.

The win earned Catonsville (9-2), making only its second-ever playoff appearance, a berth in next weekend's regional title game at No. 11 City (10-1), which recorded its ninth straight win and its third shutout, 22-0, yesterday over Lake Clifton.

Maybin's performance raised his single-season totals to a state-best 2,235 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns. His single-season rushing mark surpasses the school record of 2,009, established in 1999 by Steve Matthews. It comes on the heels of last week's season-high 264 yards on 51 carries - two carries off the state mark of 53 established in 2000 by Gilman's Malcolm Ruff against State College, Pa.

"I equate him in a way to Jim Brown, who would run hard, take his time getting off the ground and take his time walking back to the huddle," Frierson said of Maybin, 5 feet 10 and 180 pounds. "Maybin's not the same size, not the same build, but Maybin runs hard, bounces off the ground and does his job."

Clearing the way for Maybin were linemen Richard Tasker (6 feet, 192), Joe McNamara (6-0, 260), Andrew Woizesk (6-1, 260), Glenn Wright (6-1, 190), Sam Brostrom (6-2, 225), Justin Polk (6-1, 180) and Brad Simmons (6-0, 180).

"Setting records is great, but it's about winning a championship and going on to college," said Maybin, who bench-presses 295 pounds and ran a 4.51-second 40-yard dash at a junior combine workout at the University of Maryland in June. "That's what I want football to do for me."

No. 10 Milford Mill 40, Eastern Tech 22 -- Rodney Webb rushed for 186 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries as the Millers rolled past the Mavericks in a Class 2A North regional semifinal at Woodlawn. With the win, the Millers (10-1) avenged their only loss of the season, a 21-20 overtime defeat to the Mavericks (6-5). Also for Milford Mill, Joe Embree ran for a touchdown and Brandon McDonald had a touchdown catch. On defense, Antoine Staten returned an interception 60 yards in the fourth quarter for the Millers' final touchdown. Michael Bryant threw for two touchdowns for Eastern Tech, which made the playoffs when Douglass was forced to forfeit its season due to an ineligible player.

No. 11 City College 22, Lake Clifton 0 -- Earl Townes rushed for 148 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns to lead the host Knights (10-1) past the Lakers in a Class 3A North regional semifinal. Joshua Rushing had two of City's four interceptions.

Staff reports contributed to this article.

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