RB Dawkins’ big-play abil­ity lifts Howard, 28-7

Light­ning shuts out Vik­ings, 33-0; Bru­ins top Sea­hawks

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY FOOTBALL - By Tim Schwartz — Tim Schwartz —Nel­son Cof­fin, Bal­ti­more Sun Me­dia Group —Ran­dall L. McRoberts, Bal­ti­more Sun Me­dia Group Bal­ti­more Sun staff con­trib­uted to this ar­ti­cle.

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.

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