Wild­cats rally past ’Stangs to end skid

Arun­del scores 28 straight points in sec­ond half, halts three-game los­ing streak

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY FOOTBALL - By James Peters

Re­ports of the Arun­del foot­ball team’s demise were ap­par­ently greatly ex­ag­ger­ated.

For con­fir­ma­tion, just ask No. 13 Meade, which saw its five-game win streak halted by a 42-14 loss to the vis­it­ing Wild­cats, who en­tered Fri­day’s game hav­ing lost three straight games.

With the game tied at 14 at half­time, Arun­del (4-3) scored 28 straight points, in­clud­ing back-to-back scores from Jamel Walker on a 91-yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turn and a 25-yard re­turn of a par­tially blocked punt that gave the Wild­cats a 35-14 lead with 41 sec­onds left in the third quar­ter.

“I let it all out for those boys to­day,” said Walker, who nearly had an in­ter­cep­tion ear­lier in the third quar­ter. “This was a big win for us. Our con­fi­dence was down, but we brought it back up to­day be­cause we knew were go­ing to ex­e­cute. That’s all we talked about in prac­tice.”

Be­sides Walker’s hero­ics — which in­cluded catch­ing the blocked punt in the air be­fore weav­ing his way into the end zone — Arun­del’s nor­mally pass-happy of­fense was paced by run­ning back Dar­ius Hunter, who rushed for 172 yards and scored a rush­ing and re­ceiv­ing touch­down as well as 2-point con­ver­sion.

“Com­ing into this game, we were go­ing to pound the ball,” Hunter said. “Their in­side is pretty weak. I just went out there and got the job done. I just want to be a guy to de­pend on re­ally.”

The Mus­tangs (5-2) aided Arun­del’s dom­i­nant sec­ond half with sev­eral penal­ties, in­clud­ing a hand­ful of un­sports­man­like-con­duct calls that con­tin­ued drives for the Wild­cats or ended drives for Meade.

“I’m speech­less,” Mus­tangs coach Al­bert Jones said. “It was one of those days when the kids were men­tally off. Some peo­ple let emo­tions get the best of them and it hurts the team when that hap­pens. The sea­son’s not over. We just lost a round. The sea­son is a 14-round heavy­weight fight.”

Arun­del opened the game’s scor­ing on a 5-yard quar­ter­back keeper by Ryan Sedg­wick with 3:06 left in the first quar­ter as the Wild­cats dom­i­nated time of pos­ses­sion and field po­si­tion in the fast-paced open­ing 12 min­utes.

Meade trimmed the deficit to 7-6 on its next pos­ses­sion when Eli­jah Smith charged in from 2 yards out on a fake end around less than a minute into the sec­ond quar­ter to cap a nine-play, 53-yard drive. The ex­tra-point kick failed.

Hunter con­tin­ued the back-and-forth first-half af­fair with a 6-yard scor­ing run up the mid­dle for a 14-6 ad­van­tage with 7:29 left in the half. Hunter helped fuel the 72-yard drive with a 22-yard burst up the mid­dle from near mid­field.

“We have a chance to make into the play­offs,” Hunter said. “We got the job done.”

Both of­fenses floun­dered on their next pos­ses­sions be­fore the Mus­tangs scored with 21 sec­onds re­main­ing in the sec­ond quar­ter on a 9-yard run up the mid­dle by Lon­dell Mont­gomery.

Meade ap­peared to be set­tling for an ex­tra-point kick, but af­ter a time­out by Arun­del, the Mus­tangs tied score at 14 on a 2-point run by Smith on a quar­ter­back keeper.

It was all Arun­del in the sec­ond half, start­ing with Sedg­wick’s 6-yard strike to Cole.

Walker jumped a side­line route by Meade and re­turned the in­ter­cep­tion 91 yards for a 27-14 lead with 2:53 left in the third quar­ter.

“I know I let my team down [when he missed the first in­ter­cep­tion], so I had to come back and get it back,” Walker said.

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