Mavericks win 3A-2A league title

varsity football

November 01, 2008|By Todd Karpovich | Todd Karpovich,Special to The Baltimore Sun

Fourth-ranked Eastern Tech continued its march to the state football playoffs by clinching the Baltimore County 3A-2A league championship last night with a dominating performance against host Overlea.

The Mavericks have developed a winning formula that blends a power running game with a defense that has allowed less than a touchdown per game. That strategy proved to be effective against the Falcons as Eastern Tech rushed for 232 yards and five touchdowns and got its third consecutive shutout in a 32-0 victory.

"We learned a little bit in this game about focus," Eastern Tech coach Marc Mesaros said. "I think we got caught up in the hoopla a little bit because this is a big neighborhood rivalry. Most of these [players] have been playing with or against these guys for years. You can't quantify that, and this game could have gone either way."

Eastern Tech (9-0) advanced to the Class 2A championship last season before losing to River Hill, 14-7. The Mavericks are poised to enter the playoffs as the top seed in Class 2A North, and the state championship could be a rematch with top-ranked River Hill, which has been as dominant.

Much of Eastern Tech's offense revolves around quarterback Joey Jones, and he was a force against Parkville by running 46 yards on a draw for the game's first score with 53 seconds left in the first quarter. Jones finished with seven carries for 84 yards with two touchdowns and also completed 10 of 13 passes for 83 yards.

"We knew they were going to be a tough team," Jones said. "We love to play these guys every year. Everybody wants the bragging rights, so we just fought hard all game."

Emmanuel Gbor also had a big game for Eastern Tech, finishing with four tackles, two sacks, an interception and a 20-yard rushing touchdown.

The Mavericks led 13-0 at the half after a 2-yard run by Darian Conners capped a 17-play, 90-yard drive with 1:49 left in the second quarter.

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