Long Reach tops River Hill in foot­ball, 20-10

No. 1 Mount Saint Joseph beats No. 5 McDonogh in soc­cer in over­time, 2-1

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Tim Schwartz —Craig Clary, Bal­ti­more Sun Me­dia Group Bal­ti­more Sun staff con­trib­uted to this ar­ti­cle.

When Long Reach de­fen­sive back Dane Lynch came back to the side­line af­ter his sec­ond in­ter­cep­tion in a 20-10 win at River Hill on Fri­day night, an as­sis­tant coach ex­plained to him that’s ex­actly why he doesn’t play run­ning back.

All he could do was smile and nod his head in agree­ment af­ter his forced turnover with less than two min­utes re­main­ing helped the No. 14 Light­ning seal the win and im­prove to 6-0.

“Dane is a baller,” Long Reach coach Jamie Wil­lis said. “He’s un­be­liev­able. He’s been one of the kids in our pro­gram who has got­ten bet­ter ev­ery sin­gle year since he’s been a fresh­man, and that’s all we stress — reach­ing our full po­ten­tial and get­ting bet­ter.”

And “get­ting bet­ter” was the moral of Wil­lis’ postgame mes­sage to the team. De­spite the un­blem­ished record, the last three games haven’t been up to his stan­dards, and with Howard County pow­ers Glenelg and Howard ahead on the sched­ule, he knows his team must im­prove to accomplish its goals.

“We know the po­ten­tial we have, and we know who we’ve got in front of us,” he said. “We’re just get­ting started and I know what our goals are. Our goals are to be the best team in the county and win the state cham­pi­onship, and when you play games and al­low teams to stay with you, it’s go­ing to bite you in the butt at some point.”

The Light­ning started a lit­tle slowly on of­fense but got mov­ing on its third drive. Quar­ter­back Tyler Raines, who Wil­lis said played much bet­ter af­ter a few shaky starts, com­pleted both of his passes to Jalen Hall — a 40-yarder and a 6-yard touch­down com­ple­tion — to make it 7-0.

The Hawks an­swered with an 11-play drive that ended with a 23-yard field goal by Cooper McGee­han, but Long Reach’s Jeree Willie later blocked a punt deep in River Hill ter­ri­tory to give the Light­ning pos­ses­sion at the Hawks 4. Raines scored three plays later on a 5-yard run up the mid­dle to ex­tend the lead to 14-3 at the half.

NO. 10 DUNDALK 71, CA­TONSVILLE 0: Se­nior quar­ter­back Dar­rius Sam­ple ran for four touch­downs and passed for three in the Owls’ vic­tory over the host Comets (1-4).

“That’s the big­gest game of my ca­reer at Dundalk,” Sam­ple said. “I’m just grate­ful that we got that.”

Se­nior Den­nis Brown scored three times — on a 7-yard pass, an 80-yard punt re­turn and a 65-yard re­turn of a blocked field goal — for Ca­tonsville (5-1).

NO. 1 MCDONOGH 49, LOY­OLA BLAKE­FIELD 21: The Ea­gles (5-1, 1-0) took a 35-0 lead and de­feated the host Dons (4-2, 0-2).

McDonogh is in a four-way tie with No. 2 Arch­bishop Spald­ing, No. 3 Mount Saint Joseph and No. 6 St. Frances for first place in the Mary­land In­ter­scholas­tic Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion A Con­fer­ence.

NO. 2 ARCH­BISHOP SPALD­ING 42, NO. 8 CALVERT HALL 14: Julius Chest­nut had four rush­ing touch­downs and the vis­it­ing Cava­liers (5-1, 2-0 MIAA A Con­fer­ence) beat the Car­di­nals (4-3, 0-2).

NO. 6 ST. FRANCES 26, GILMAN10: The vis­it­ing Pan­thers (6-1, 2-0 MIAA A Con­fer­ence) won their fifth straight. The host Grey­hounds fell to 1-5 and 0-2.

BROAD­NECK 45, NO. 15 ARUN­DEL 12: Chris Watts had 19 car­ries for 122 yards and three touch­downs as the Bru­ins (4-2) up­set the host Wild­cats (3-3).

SEED 44, HAN­COCK 6: Miles Eggel­stonBax­ter went11-for-15 for 192 yards and threw two touch­down passes to lead the host Sabers (1-5) past the Pan­thers (0-4).

Boys soc­cer

NO. 1 MOUNT SAINT JOSEPH 2, NO. 5 MCDONOGH 1, 2OT: An­drew Rob­bins served the ball into the box and Brett St. Martin headed it in two min­utes into the sec­ond over­time to lift the host Gaels (8-1-1, 8-1-1 MIAA A Con­fer­ence) over the Ea­gles (9-5, 6-5).

“Both teams had chances. Both teams hit the post,” said Mount Saint Joseph coach Mike St. Martin, whose son scored the game-win­ner. “It was a hard-fought game on both ends of the field.”

McDonogh took a1-0 lead10 min­utes into the sec­ond half, and Gaels’ Joe Clark scored the equal­izer seven min­utes later.

NO. 3 ARCH­BISHOP CUR­LEY 4, LOY­OLA BLAKE­FIELD 1: Dy­lan Poet­zel scored twice and Ben Stitz and Ale­jan­dro Ar­be­laez had a goal and an as­sist each to lead the host Fri­ars (10-3-2, 7-2-1 MIAA A Con­fer­ence) past the Dons (4-7, 4-7).

PERRY HALL 2, HERE­FORD 0: Derek Staines scored twice to lead the Ga­tors (7-4-1) past the vis­it­ing Bulls (5-6-1).

Girls vol­ley­ball

NO. 12 ARCH­BISHOP SPALD­ING D. MCDONOGH, 3-1: Katie Jaramillo had 13 kills and Sydney Mose had 23 digs as the Cava­liers (7-5, 6-1 In­ter­scholas­tic Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion of Mary­land A Con­fer­ence) beat the host Ea­gles (6-5, 3-5).

Spald­ing won, 24-26, 25-21, 25-16, 25-18.

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