Lib­erty de­feats Cen­tury for crown

Car­roll County ti­tle is Li­ons’ first out­right since 2000; Howard de­feats Atholton

Baltimore Sun - - VAR­SITY - By Me­gan Wood­ward —Tim Schwartz, Bal­ti­more Sun Me­dia Group —Danny Haines, Bal­ti­more Sun Me­dia Group —Brian Bur­den, Bal­ti­more Sun Me­dia Group —Craig Clary, Bal­ti­more Sun Me­dia Group Bal­ti­more Sun staff con­trib­uted to this ar­ti­cle.

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.

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