Conners, Mavericks run past Engineers

class 2a north semifinal

November 15, 2008|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to the Baltimore Sun

There was no better place for fourth-ranked Eastern Tech to launch its latest run toward a state football title than where the Mavericks last night spent the majority of their time eluding defenders.

On the ground.

The Baltimore County power racked up 233 yards rushing, including 88 yards and two touchdowns by senior Darian Conners, in a 31-6 win over Poly in a Class 2A North semifinal at CCBC-Essex.

"We just want to get back to the state championship," said Conners, whose team lost to River Hill in the title game a year ago. "We're all seniors now. We want to finish off with that ring and go out with a bang."

The Mavericks (11-0) advance to next weekend's regional final, where they will face Edmondson, a 40-0 winner over Northwestern last night.

To get there, they out-gained Poly (6-5), 333 yards to 52 yards, and held the Engineers, whose running game had looked so dominant in the second half of last week's 16-13 win over rival City, to just five first downs.

"It's a big credit to our offensive line," quarterback Joey Jones said of the offensive production. "Our receivers and running backs, too. They all block when they're not getting the ball."

Jones also threw for 100 yards and ran for a pair of touchdowns in the win.

Eastern Tech began quickly, using five ball carriers on its opening possession and driving 64 yards on nine plays, capped by Emmanuel Gbor's 13-yard scoring run off a pitch to the left side.

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