Book­man’s runs help Mav­er­icks pull away in 4th

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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.

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