Hough, de­fense guide Pan­thers to 5th in row

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Bob Hough

An­napo­lis run­ning back Cameron Hough must re­ally un­der­stand the im­por­tance of start­ing fast.

Hough scored on his first carry of each half and fin­ished with 202 yards on 18 car­ries and four touch­downs to lead No. 7 An­napo­lis to a 46-22 vic­tory over No. 15 Arun­del on Fri­day. Hough also con­verted three 2-point con­ver­sions for the Pan­thers, who de­feated the Wild­cats for the sec­ond straight year.

Hough got the Pan­thers’ big night started in a hurry when he rum­bled 65 yards on the game’s first play from scrim­mage. He added the 2-point con­ver­sion to give An­napo­lis a quick 8-0 lead. He added a 25-yard touch­down run in the sec­ond quar­ter and two more 2-point con­ver­sions to help the Pan­thers take a 32-14 lead at the half.

Af­ter Trey Gross’ in­ter­cep­tion on Arun­del’s first pos­ses­sion of the sec­ond half, Hough scored from 9 yards out to push the Pan­thers’ lead to 38-12.

“Our co­or­di­na­tor [Mike Mel­ton] teaches us that tempo is what we need to keep us in the game,” Hough said. “In or­der for us to keep the de­fense on their heels, it’s great that we keep that tempo up. We run our plays just like we ex­e­cute them in prac­tice, so the way we play in the game is the way we prac­tice.”

Omar’od White scored on a 24-yard run in the first half for An­napo­lis, which had 251 yards on 24 car­ries be­fore half­time. Justin Wil­liams, who rushed for 78 yards in the half, also hit Gross for a 10-yard touch­down on fourth down for the Pan­thers, who went 4-for-4 on their 2-point con­ver­sion at­tempts in the first half and fin­ished 5-for-6 for the game.

Led by Hough’s per­for­mance, the Pan­thers fin­ished with 410 yards on 50 car­ries. Wil­liams added 95 yards on 12 car­ries.

“That guy is like a man-child,” said Arun­del coach Chuck Markiewicz, speak­ing of Hough. “He could start on the of­fen­sive line for us, and he’s as fast as any­one on our team.”

The An­napo­lis de­fense also got into the act. The Pan­thers, whogave up 62 points in their first four wins, in­ter­cepted Wild­cats quar­ter­back Ryan Sedg­wick four times. They also had five sacks, in­clud­ing two apiece by De­morie Carey and T’Nae’Jah Watts and an­other from Chris John­son.

Kevin Flournoy, Gross, Ny­on­jae Spriggs and Carey had the in­ter­cep­tions for the An­napo­lis de­fense, which yielded just eight points. The Wild­cats scored their other points on a fum­ble re­cov­ery in the end zone and an in­ter­cep­tion re­turn for a touch­down.

Af­ter the game, Pan­thers coach Nick Good-Mal­loy sang the praises of his de­fen­sive coach­ing staff.

“They’re awe­some,” Good-Mal­loy said. “The as­sis­tant coaches do a great job.”

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