Williams remains S. Carroll’s not-so-secret weapon
Gaels’ Looney hard to block; Brown ‘fills a void’ for Owls
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.”