Sumpter sparks Arundel

In regional final, quarterback set for rematch with Old Mill

Severna Park to face River Hill in QB battle


Three county football teams have advanced to this weekend's regional finals.

No. 13 Old Mill (9-2), the top seed in the Class 4A East region, will host second-seeded Arundel (9-2) at 5:15 p.m. on Friday. At 1 p.m. on Saturday, top-seeded and sixth-ranked Severna Park (10-1) will host third-seeded and seventh-ranked River Hill (10-1) in the Class 3A East regional final.

Arundel was routed by Old Mill, 41-14, in the season opener in September, but the Wildcats have come a long way since then behind quarterback Kyle Sumpter.

Sumpter transferred from South River to Arundel for his senior year in order to get a chance to run the Wildcats' spread offense. The transfer has proven to be a good fit.

"His family moved into our district so he could play here," said Arundel coach Chuck Markiewicz. "And he has been an asset and had a lot to do with our getting to this point."

Sumpter grew up playing youth football in the Arundel district, but when redistricting occurred a few years ago, South River started getting some of the Crofton-area students and went from being a 3A school to the largest enrollment at 4A.

In the Wildcats' 33-0 rout of Thomas Stone (7-4) on Saturday in the 4A East semifinals, Sumpter passed for three touchdowns and ran for two more. He completed 13 of 17 passes for 140 yards.

Sumpter has thrown for 15 touchdowns and 1,376 yards, completing 119 of 216 passes (.551), and has run for 15 touchdowns and over 700 yards in 11 games. He has been outstanding since going 7-for-17 for 96 yards and no touchdown passes in the season-opening loss to Old Mill.

Old Mill's Ryan Callahan scored three touchdowns and ran for 158 yards that night on the way to 30 touchdowns (28 rushing) and 1,695 yards through 11 games .

In the Patriots' 37-8 victory over North County in their 4A East semifinal, Callahan ran for 100 yards and three touchdowns and scored a fourth touchdown on a 55-yard punt return.

Callahan takes 83 career touchdowns and 4,895 career rushing yards into the Arundel game. He needs four touchdowns to break the state career record of 86 shared by Marcus Mason (1999-2002) of Georgetown Prep and Eastern Tech's Dietrich Wright (2000-03).

And Callahan needs 106 yards rushing to become just the seventh in state history to crack the 5,000-yard milestone for career yards rushing.

Severna Park and River Hill share more than just the same blue and gold colors. They also are similar in style of play, each with a quarterback who can throw and run.

The Falcons advanced to the final with a 21-0 victory over North Harford (8-3) as senior quarterback Greg Zingler threw an 85-yard touchdown pass to Chris Hunt and ran for a two-point conversion.

River Hill took a 21-13 decision at No. 9 Long Reach (9-2) in the other semifinal, as junior quarterback Dan Hostetler ran for a pair of touchdowns, the second one the game-clincher from the 2 in the third quarter, and threw a touchdown pass.

Hostetler hooked up with his cousin, senior Josh Hostetler, for a 45-yard scoring pass.

"The big difference in our quarterbacks is that theirs never comes off the field," Falcons coach J.P. Hines said of the Hawks' 6-foot-2, 175-pound Hostetler, who also plays linebacker and defensive end.

"That's impressive and everybody has a different philosophy on that. I won't do it as a head coach. No matter how good my quarterback is, I won't let him play both ways."

Hines was impressed with the Hawks and expects a tough game.

"In my 17 years coaching [eight at Severna Park], this is by far the best group of kids I've ever been with," Hines said. "Our kids are not the fastest, nor the biggest, but when you combine all those ingredients that make a team, they come to play. I prayed they would experience winning a playoff game."

Quick hits

County athletic directors were told at their monthly meeting this week that the usual times of 5:15 and 7:15 for basketball will continue. There was some fear that there would be earlier times because of the time changes made in football after an accidental shooting. ... Former major league pitcher Tony Saunders, a Glen Burnie graduate, is coaching the Severna Park junior varsity girls basketball team.

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