Lions top Oak­land Mills in foot­ball

26-0 run lifts Long Reach over Cen­ten­nial; Mag­gio pow­ers Bulls in girls soc­cer

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Tim Schwartz —Ran­dall L. McRoberts, Bal­ti­more Sun Me­dia Group —Craig Clary, Bal­ti­more Sun Me­dia Group

Howard run­ning back Devin Dawkins said af­ter the No. 4 Lions’ 40-6 home win over vis­it­ing Oak­land Mills that he’s start­ing to sur­prise him­self with how much suc­cess he’s had in the Lions’ 5-0 start.

“Yeah, I am be­cause I only played one year of JV,” Dawkins said af­ter rush­ing for three touch­downs and 267 yards, in­clud­ing 190 in the first half, on 28 car­ries. “Com­ing up here on var­sity my first year I’m a lit­tle sur­prised at what I’m do­ing.”

Howard coach Bruce Strunk was less sur­prised by the suc­cess of his run­ning back. Af­ter all, the last four Lions’ tail­backs — Mike An­der­son, Ter­rell Charles, Na­jee Sav­age and Ma­lik An­der­son — all ran for at least 1,273 yards in their re­spec­tive se­nior sea­sons. Dawkins has an edge on his pre­de­ces­sors, though, be­cause he is only a sopho­more.

“Devin does a great job. He’s a very tal­ented kid — he’s young,” Strunk said. “We’re for­tu­nate to have him, but we have other guys be­hind him, too. I think the other guys are push­ing him ev­ery day and mak­ing him bet­ter. Com­pe­ti­tion is good. It makes ev­ery­one bet­ter.”

ABERDEEN 30, HAVRE DE GRACE 10: Ea­gles se­nior quar­ter­back Stephen Black­well threw for two touch­downs and ran for an­other to lead Aberdeen (3-2, 2-0) past the vis­it­ing War­riors (4-2, 1-1), in UCBAC Ch­e­sa­peake Di­vi­sion play.

Black­well fin­ished with154 yards pass­ing and 88 more rush­ing, while run­ning back Joshua Maxwell added 143 yards and a touch­down on 14 car­ries.

Black­well also threw a pair of 2-point con­ver­sion passes and ran for an­other two points.

Havre de Grace, fall­ing for the first time this year, got a 1-yard sneak from quar­ter­back Mike Flosser and an 35-yard field goal from Clay Har­ris.

LONG REACH 26, CEN­TEN­NIAL 8: The host Light­ing (5-0) went on a 26-0 run in the sec­ond half to beat the Ea­gles (1-4).

PERRY HALL 20, CA­TONSVILLE 14: Ga­tors ju­nior quar­ter­back Tyler Hol­ley ran for a touch­down and passed for one to lead host Perry Hall (3-1) to a 20-14 win over the Comets (1-3).

Jake Get­zen­dan­ner scored both Ca­tonsville touch­downs on sneaks.

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