After sitting out for two weeks with an illness, Winters Mill running back Garrett Hill made up for lost time in his team's game last weekend against Liberty.
Hill ran 17 times for 246 yards and three touchdowns in a 33-7 win, earning him honors as the Monocacy Valley Athletic League Piedmont Conference Offensive Player of the Week.
"This game was really sort of his coming out. He was hungry," Falcons coach Ken Johnson said. "Sitting down for two weeks - sometimes that's a great motivator. He was very determined."
Hill, a 6-foot, 200-pound senior who uses his combination of power and quickness to gain large chunks of yardage between the tackles, had been feeling sluggish and became uncharacteristically fatigued in his team's game against North Carroll on Sept. 21.
A blood test later confirmed mononucleosis.
"His mom called him on his cell phone while he was standing with us in practice," said Johnson, who got the news one day before his team's game against South Carroll. "It was sort of like, `Ugh.' All the kids just lost their energy, and that's how we played that week [in a 19-7 loss]."
The illness, however, was short-lived. When another blood test came back negative a week later, Hill, who also is a hard-hitting linebacker, was cleared to play.
Another county linebacker, Scott Placide of Westminster, shared this week's Chesapeake Conference Defensive Player of the Week award. The senior finished with 10 tackles and two fumble recoveries and scored a defensive touchdown in a 31-14 win over Tuscarora.
Lions step up
Rick Harmer knew his Liberty girls soccer team would be strong defensively this season.
"I just wasn't sure who was going to step up and score the goals," he said.
That question has been answered by a group of underclassmen that has surprised their coach in leading the Lions to an 9-2-1 start through Thursday.
"Anytime you lose an All-State player like Annie Lebherz [now at George Mason], you just don't replace those kinds of people, so we've really done it this year by committee," Harmer said. "We've got three or four girls that have chipped away and tried to pick up the slack."
Among them are sophomore forwards Nicky Glasscock and Cheyenne Skidmore and junior midfielder Stephanie Deisher. Through their first 12 games, the trio had combined for 21 goals and 11 assists.
Like many of their counterparts, players on the Bowling Brook football team usually judge their performance each week by the scoreboard. To coach Dave Neumayer, however, the Thoroughbreds' 3-3 record heading into this weekend didn't begin to tell the story.
Neumayer said he has seen continuing progress from his players, many of whom had little football experience before this season.
"We have a lot of guys this year with some talent, but it's an untapped talent," Neumayer said.
The Thoroughbreds started the season 3-1 - including a forfeit victory - but had consecutive lopsided defeats against Pennsylvania's Kiski School and Archbishop Curley.
"If we win, we win. If we lose, we lose, but how have we become a better team?" he said. "That's been our big thing. We want to be competitive."
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