Liberty defeats Century for crown
Carroll County title is Lions’ first outright since 2000; Howard defeats Atholton
Visiting Liberty celebrated its first win, a shutout, over Century in two years.
The Lions (9-1) beat the Knights (8-2), 38-0, and captured their first outright county title since 2000. In 2001, Liberty split the title with South Carroll and Westminster.
“It’s always a great time when you don’t have to do much to put points on the scoreboard,” senior quarterback Ben Agostino said. “The line did everything for me tonight. It was a great game, great team effort, and that’s the way to end a season and we’ll take that momentum with us into the playoffs.”
Agostino threw for 174 yards and added eight carries for 24 yards and a touchdown. Teammate and fellow senior Corey Luthe carried the ball eight times for 76 yards and two touchdowns.
Four Lions scored in the first half: Brett Dardzinski kicked a field goal, Luthe scored on a 42-yard run, Noah Rohrer ran in from the 5-yard line and Agostino kept the ball for a score to give the Lions a 24-0 lead at halftime.
NO. 7 HOWARD 55, ATHOLTON 14: The host Lions (9-1) beat the Raiders (6-4) and clinched their third straight Howard County title.
The defeat knocked Atholton out of the last Class 3A East regional playoff spot.
“This game meant a lot in a lot of different ways. It was good to see us come out and play football,” Lions coach Bruce Strunk said.
“I thought we played well as a team — offense, defense and special teams all scored — and the kids came and played.
“It feels awesome. It’s a difficult feat to win the county title three years in a row. I’m just proud of my guys. A lot of guys felt the pressure after we lost last week [to Glenelg] and a legacy to live up to. They didn’t want to let the former graduates down.”
The Lions jumped out to a 35-0 lead midway through the second quarter and Atholton never recovered.
WESTMINSTER 40, SOUTH CARROLL 0: The host Owls (6-4) scored on each of their first four possessions and never let the Cavaliers (4-6) into the game in their biggest win in school history.
Playing in his final game, senior receiver Kenton VanderWoude led Westminster with seven catches for 77 yards to go with three scores. His two first-quarter touchdowns helped the Owls gain a 21-point lead before the start of the second quarter.
ST. MARY’S 22, SEVERN 20: Sean Phelan kicked a 24-yard field goal, his fourth of the game and third of the second half, with 1:11 to play to give the host Saints (4-6) a victory over the Admirals (6-5) to end the regular season.
“That was one of the best games I have ever been a part of,” Severn coach Chris Kirchenheiter said. “I am proud of our boys for never giving up, and St. Mary’s made some really nice plays at the end to get the win.”
After combining for 17 points in the first half, the teams scored 19 points in the final eight-plus minutes. Trailing 16-7 going into the fourth quarter, the Admirals (6-5) fought back. Ben Bedard (17-for-31, 169 yards, two touchdowns) found Jake Lilly for a 32-yard touchdown on fourth down to get within two points.
NO. 13 ARUNDEL60, SEVERNAPARK41: Ryan Sedgwick went 22-for-27 for 335 yards and six touchdown passes to power the host Wildcats (7-3) past the Falcons (5-5).
Arundel’s Darius Hunter had 26 carries for 154 yards and three touchdowns, and Tim Cole made four receptions, three for touchdowns, for a 150 yards.
NO. 14 PARKVILLE 41, CATONSVILLE 3: Senior quarterback Sid White threw two touchdown passes and ran for one and senior running back Lamontte Brown ran for a touchdown and threw for one as Parkville (7-2) defeated host Catonsville (3-6) on senior night.
Isaih Alexander caught a 34-yard pass from Brown, and Zion McFarland and Ogechi Njikonye added touchdown receptions.
LONG REACH 39, HAMMOND 14: K.D. Booker had three rushing touchdowns to lead the host Lightning (8-2) past the Bears (0-10).
WILDE LAKE 35, OAKLAND MILLS 25: T.J. Lyles had two rushing touchdowns and threw two touchdown passes to lead the visiting Wildecats (7-3) past the Scorpions (4-6).
Lyles had nine carries for 45 yards and went 14-for-20 for 179 yards.