Long Reach tops River Hill in football, 20-10
No. 1 Mount Saint Joseph beats No. 5 McDonogh in soccer in overtime, 2-1
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).
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).
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.