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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
Two days after Towson allowed visiting Maine to convert three fourth downs and score the game-winning touchdown in the final minute of a 27-24 loss Saturday night, Tigers coach Rob Ambrose admitted that the pain continues to linger. Faced with a decision of whether to massage or discipline Towson (2-3 overall, 0-1 Colonial Athletic Association), Ambrose said he remembers to take a page from late Hall of Fame and Orioles manager Earl Weaver's playbook. “One of the best lessons I ever learned was to listen to Earl Weaver talk about his teams -- his very, very successful teams and all of the different personalities,” Ambrose said Monday afternoon during his weekly conference call arranged by the CAA. “He would tell you that once you lose - especially the ones that hurt - you've got to love them up. You've got to remind them who they can be. And when you win, that's the time when you've really got to step on them and say, 'This is what we're not doing.' It's a way to keep them motivated and focused on the next game.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
Scouts from the Arizona Cardinals, Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles who attended Towson's Colonial Athletic Association opener with Maine Saturday night to gauge Ryan Delaire's talent were treated to a tantalizing display. The senior defensive end matched his season total of three sacks in the Tigers' 27-24 loss. He had sacks on back-to-back plays in the third quarter and lodged his final takedown later in the same period. After getting credited with 3½ tackles in the first half, Delaire posted his three sacks and another half tackle in the second half, which occurred after a halftime discussion with coach Rob Ambrose.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
With Towson featuring nine new starters on offense and five on defense, many expected this year's team to be a much different group from last season's squad that advanced to the Football Championship Subdivision title game. That difference is especially stark when considering how the 2014 Tigers have struggled to finish off opponents. While last year's team won 11 of 12 games in which it had the lead or the score was tied after three quarters, the current squad has lost two of three games in which it had the advantage or the score was tied heading into the final period.
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By Katherine Dunn | September 28, 2014
As the high school football season heads for its midpoint, players and teams continue to post impressive performances as they jockey for playoff position. Here are some of the statistics that stood out from this weekend and from the season through Week 4: 1 Win on the field for Manchester Valley over Westminster -- Friday's 31-14 victory (The Owls forfeited the 2011 game they won for using an ineligible player) 3 Interceptions by Howard's Bryson Craven in the 39-0 win over Mount Hebron 3 Of Calvert Hall's four victories coming on fourth-quarter touchdowns 4 Rushing touchdowns by Mount St. Joseph's Nevone McCrimmon in the first 21 minutes of the Gaels' 42-19 win over Loyola 4 Sacks by Atholton's Ronald Kearney in the Raiders' 20-6 homecoming win over Long Reach 5-0 Best record of any Baltimore-area team -- Mount Saint Joseph, which is off to its best start since 1995 10 Points allowed this season by Bel Air -- the least of any Baltimore-area team 17 Baltimore-area teams remaining unbeaten after four weeks (or five for Mount Saint Joseph)
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By Katherine Dunn and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
When Eastern Tech football coach Marc Mesaros earned his 100th career victory Friday, he was more thrilled with the way his team played in its 51-7 win over Pikesville. The Mavericks, however, were more interested in the milestone, presenting Mesaros a football with "100" written on it. "All the kids signed it, and they had a big announcement at the end of the game. The kids dumped water on me," Mesaros said with a laugh. "It was a very nice show of affection and respect. "The 100-win thing is great.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
Veteran running back Justin Forsett was so frustrated and disheartened following an injury-plagued season with the Jacksonville Jaguars last year that he began contemplating alternate careers and a potential exit strategy from football. Now, the Ravens and Forsett are glad he didn't pursue business ventures or player development options. The diminutive runner displayed his determined, tackle-breaking running style Sunday during a 38-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers at M&T Bank Stadium, rushing for a game-high 66 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
No lead is safe for the Towson football team. For the second time this season, the Tigers could not prevent an opponent from scoring in the final minute of regulation. On Saturday night, Maine drove 72 yards in 12 plays and 1 minute, 47 seconds to escape Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson with a 27-24 win. An announced crowd of of 6,031 could only watch as the Black Bears - who snapped a two-game losing skid to improve to 2-2 overall and 1-0 in the Colonial Athletic Assocation - converted three fourth downs, including a 37-yard scoring strike from sophomore quarterback Dan Collins to sophomore wide receiver Jordan Dunn with 52 seconds remaining in regulation.
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By Katherine Dunn and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
In a big week for the Top 10 teams, only No. 1 McDonogh fell, but that was 31-20 to 14-time Philadelphia Catholic League champ LaSalle on the road. Only three other teams in the Top 15 lost -- all to higher-ranked teams. Most teams have quick turnarounds this week with many games on Thursday, including 13 of the Top 15, because Yom Kippur begins at sundown on Friday. The other two Top 15 teams, Calvert Hall and St. Frances, have the week off. Check Tuesday's paper and baltimoresun.com for the new Top 15. In the meantime, here's how the entire Top 15 fared this weekend: The Baltimore Sun's Top 15 High School Football Teams 1. McDonogh (3-2)
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From Sun staff reports | September 27, 2014
The host Boys' Latin football team overcame a slow start, put up three touchdowns and a field goal in the second quarter and stayed in front of St. Vincent Pallotti the rest of the way to win, 43-22, at J. Duncan Smith Field on Saturday. The Lakers (3-1) established field possession early, containing the Panthers (5-2), but were unable to score until William Wingo picked off Mason Clark's pass over the middle for a 10-yard return for a touchdown with 4:52 left in the first quarter.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
MORGAN STATE (2-2, 1-0) @ NORFOLK STATE (0-4, 0-0) When: Saturday, 4 p.m. Site: William Price Stadium, Norfolk, Va. Audio: 88.9 FM Series: Norfolk State leads, 16-10 What's at stake: The Bears won their second straight game with a 38-35 victory over Howard on Saturday at the New York Urban League Classic. The program's seventh win in its past eight Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference openers was highlighted by redshirt sophomore Herb Walker Jr.'s 141 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
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