Wil­liams re­mains S. Car­roll’s not-so-se­cret weapon

Gaels’ Looney hard to block; Brown ‘fills a void’ for Owls

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Kather­ine Dunn kather­ine.dunn@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/ kdunnsun Bal­ti­more Sun Me­dia Group re­porter Danny Haines con­trib­uted to this ar­ti­cle.

South Car­roll’s Ja­mar Wil­liams led Car­roll County with seven touch­downs go­ing into Fri­day night’s game against Manch­ester Val­ley, so it was no se­cret the Cava­liers would go to him of­ten.

He car­ried the ball on the first eight plays and the se­nior was off on a record-set­ting night in a 38-14 Cava­liers win.

Wil­liams, who scored five touch­downs, ran for a school-record 334 yards, break­ing the Cava­liers’ sin­gle-game mark of 325 set by All-Metro run­ning back Chris Gavin in 2014. He just missed the county record of 337 yards.

Cava­liers coach Steve Luette said he wasn’t go­ing to try to hide Wil­liams be­cause the Mav­er­icks knew how pro­lific he can be. A speedy 5-foot-8, 178 pounds, Wil­liams also plays slot­back, but Fri­day, Luette used him as the fea­tured back.

Be­cause rain made field con­di­tions un­playable at South Car­roll, the game was moved to the ar­ti­fi­cial turf at Western Re­gional Park, and the speedy Wil­liams made it his play­ground. He car­ried the ball 31 times.

Wil­liams ran for touch­downs of 2, 6, 77, 86 and 2 yards — the first four were Cava­liers touch­downs. His 86-yarder in the third quar­ter broke open what was an 11-point game at the half. He ran for more than 200 yards in the first half.

“His in­ten­sity and lead­er­ship in this game helped South Car­roll break a three­game los­ing streak and get back in the win col­umn,” said Luette, whose team im­proved to 2-3 and is still aim­ing for an eighth straight play­off bid. Can’t block this: Gil­man is prob­a­bly still try­ing to fig­ure out how to block Mount South Caroll’s Ja­mar Wil­liams scored five touch­downs and ran for a school-record 334 yards against Manch­ester Val­ley on Fri­day. Saint Joseph line­backer Justin Looney. It couldn’t do it Satur­day.

Looney, a ju­nior out­side line­backer, seemed to run over the Grey­hounds at will. He had 14 solo tack­les, three as­sisted tack­les, two sacks, two forced fum­bles, one fum­ble re­cov­ery, two pass breakups and four quar­ter­back hur­ries in the No. 3 Gaels’ 34-20 win.

“He was a one-man wreck­ing crew,” Gaels coach Rich Holzer said. “It’s been a while since I’ve seen some­thing like that. He was all over the place. It was like he re­fused to be blocked. They were hav­ing a hard time with him com­ing from the out­side.”

Holzer likened Looney’s abil­ity to for­mer Gaels line­backer Con­nor Jan­gro, now play­ing as a true fresh­man at Penn.

“Justin is cut from the same cloth. He’s just smaller,” Holzer said of the 5-foot-10, 195-pound Looney. “He’s go­ing to be a very good foot­ball player for us this year and next year, and a col­lege team that takes a chance on him and doesn’t look at his height — he’s go­ing to make them very happy.” Many happy re­turns: Dun­dalk’s Den­nis Brown ran the open­ing kick­off 94 yards for a touch­down to get the Owls rolling in Fri­day night’s game against Tow­son. He was just get­ting started.

The se­nior also scored on a 60-yard punt re­turn and a 40-yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turn — all in the first half of the Owls’ 42-0 vic­tory. Brown fin­ished with 194 yards on just those three plays.

A cor­ner­back and wide re­ceiver, Brown is in his first year with the Owls. He went to St. Frances as a fresh­man, moved to Vir­ginia his sopho­more year and en­rolled at Dun­dalk dur­ing the past school year but too late to play foot­ball.

Owls coach Sean San­dora is happy to have Brown, whose first touch­down of the sea­son was the kick­off re­turn. San­dora said he had never seen a player score on three kinds of re­turns in the same game.

“He fills a void for us,” San­dora said. “He brings a lot of en­ergy and he plays with a lot of pas­sion. He would prob­a­bly be get­ting some col­lege looks but he’s un­der­sized. He’s about 5-7, 5-8, 175 pounds, but he jumped over the kicker on that first touch­down. The kicker tried to tackle him low and he went right over him.”

DY­LAN SLAGLE/BAL­TI­MORE SUN ME­DIA GROUP

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