Bookman’s runs help Mavericks pull away in 4th
and Zachary Bookman’s 25-yard touchdown run with 3:41 left sealed the win as the Mavericks topped Baltimore County opponent Western Tech, 16-14, at CCBC-Essex.
“We’re learning to put it together really well,” said Mavericks quarterback Zachary Dell, one of several underclassmen playing prominent roles for the perennial power. “Slowly, every game, we’re making good steps towards how we should be playing as a team, and we haven’t even played our best game yet.”
The Wolverines rallied in the final minute, but it wasn’t enough. Quarterback Zach Jeffers scored on a 30-yard keeper with 44 seconds left, then ran in the 2-point conversion for the final margin.
Western Tech appeared to recover the ensuing onside kick, but officials ruled the ball hadn’t traveled the required 10 yards, awarding possession to the Mavericks.
Eastern Tech (4-5), which has never lost to Western Tech, has won four of its past six games after beginning the season 0-3.
“It’s a growing thing,” Mesaros said. “Everything is a process when you’re coaching ayoungteam. Wearestill sloppy. … I’mnot going to tell you it’s a perfect win, but I’ll take it.”
The loss knocked Western Tech (4-4) out of playoff contention. The Wolverines entered the day seventh in the Class 2A North standings, with the top four teams at the end of the regular season advancing.
Western Tech had a chance to take the lead on the game’s opening drive, thanks to a 65-yard kickoff return by Jaylen Frazier. But after driving to the 2, the Wolverines lost the ball when quarterback Jayden Carr couldn’t handle a high snap, and linebacker Barker Barker recovered at the 22.
Though the Mavericks couldn’t take advantage immediately, they capitalized later in the quarter, when Dell’s 42-yard pass to Matthew Sodeman set up Connor Bowings’ 1-yard run to make the score 6-0.
“We definitely tried to attack their defense toward the pitch,” Dell said. “We struggled with it a bit … but it seemed like it all came together at the right moments.”
TheWolverines pulled even late in the half, when Frazier’s 40-yard run moved the ball deep into Mavericks territory. Four plays later, Frazier took a pitch to the right, stopped and threw a 7-yard pass to Jonathon Jacobs, standing alone in the back of the end zone with nine seconds to play.
After gaining minus-3 yards on its first five drives, the Wolverines had 78 on their final drive of the half.
The game remained tied well into the fourth quarter, when Bookman, who had just entered the game to replace injured running back Isaiah Willis, had a 41-yard run to move into Western Tech territory. Dell’s 32-yard pass down the sideline to Jaylin Scott set up Locklear’s 29-yard field goal with10:32 to play.