RB Dawkins’ big-play ability lifts Howard, 28-7
Lightning shuts out Vikings, 33-0; Bruins top Seahawks
The running back position for the No. 6 Howard football team has been an open competition this fall after the graduation of Malik Anderson, who ran for more than 2,000 yards for the Lions in 2015.
But in a 28-7 victory at Reservoir on Friday night, sophomore Devin Dawkins took the job and ran with it — literally.
Though he finished with just 40 rushing yards — 20 in each half — it was his big-play ability that helped Howard pull out the win. He finished with three receptions for 118 yards and a touchdown on a 64-yard screen pass that he caught to the right and took to the end zone to give his team a 28-point lead late in the fourth quarter.
The victory extends the Lions’ Howard County winning-streak to 25 games.
“Devin did a great job,” Lions coach Bruce Strunk said. “We know he’s a dynamic player and he’s a good athlete, but it was one of those things where we were still trying to find out who our starting back was going to be. Devin gives us some things and other guys give us other things, but life is a competition and he won it. He’s got great hips, great feet, great speed — he’s a very good running back.”
LONG REACH 33, MOUNT HEBRON 0: Behind three touchdown passes and 196 passing yards from senior quarterback Tyler Raines and a suffocating defense, the Lightning shut out the host Vikings in the opener for both teams.
“Our defense is much better than it has been in the past. We’re athletic and we’re pretty fast. We’re just aggressive,” Lightning coach Jamie Willis said.
Long Reach found the end zone midway through the second quarter when Raines finished a four-play drive with a 52-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Hall.
NO. 3 BROADNECK 36, SOUTH RIVER 12: Shane Davis went 9-for-17 for 139 yards and threw three touchdowns to lead the Bruins (1-0) past the host Seahawks (0-1).
LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD 23, BOYS’ LATIN 3: Senior running back Azende’ Smith ran for two touchdowns and senior linebacker Omar Whiting returned an interception 75 yards for a score to propel the host Dons past the Lakers in the opener for both teams.
Sophomore Sam Grace kicked a 19-yard field goal for the Lakers.
NO. 15 ARUNDEL 60, GLEN BURNIE 35: Ryan Sedgwick threw five touchdown passes and Darius Hunter rushed for four touchdowns as the Wildcats (1-0) beat the host Gophers (0-1).
Sedgwick went 26-for-39 for 352 yards, and Hunter had 30 carries for 165 yards.
ST. PAUL’S 42, NATIONAL ACADEMY FOUNDATION 0: The host Crusaders (1-0) rushed for 200 yards, threw for 170 yards and shut out the Eagles (0-1).
ARCHBISHOP CURLEY 31, EDMONDSON 14: James Diggs rushed for 100 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead the Friars (2-0) past the host Red Storm (0-1).
EDGEWOOD 34, PERRYVILLE 7: Under first-year head coach Bryan Hansrote, the Rams had no trouble in its opener at the Panthers.
Daryl Cooper’s touchdown run opened the scoring for Edgewood less than four minutes in, and his 55-yard return of a fumble recovery six minutes later broke the game open.
Isaiah Gibbons led the defense with six tackles, three sacks, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.