Hough pow­ers An­napo­lis in 4A East

Spald­ing tops Mt. St. Joe; Havre de Grace wins; Lib­erty, Cen­tury fall in 2A

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Brian Bur­den — Ran­dall L. McRoberts, Bal­ti­more Sun Me­dia Group — Danny Haines, Bal­ti­more Sun Me­dia Group — Megan Woodward, Bal­ti­more Sun Me­dia Group

It was fi­nally time for the No. 5 An­napo­lis foot­ball team Fri­day night. Cameron Hough was a ma­jor rea­son why.

Hough ran for 209 yards and three fourth-quar­ter touch­downs on 20 car­ries, and re­turned a fum­ble he forced for a score with no time re­main­ing in the first half to pro­pel the host Pan­thers to their first play­off win in 16 sea­sons, 45-27 over North Point.

An­napo­lis (10-1) will host Broad­neck next week for the Class 4A East re­gion cham­pi­onship. It would be the Pan­thers’ first re­gion crown since they won the Class 3A East en route to a state fi­nal ap­pear­ance in 2000. That year, An­napo­lis knocked off Paint Branch and Dou­glass at home. An­napo­lis had not won a play­off game since and had not hosted a play­off game since a loss to Seneca Val­ley in 2002.

The game was even through the first two quar­ters. The Ea­gles (9-2) fea­tured dy­namic quar­ter­back Jemichael Jones, who threw for 185 yards and ran for an­other 142.

NO. 2 ARCH­BISHOP SPALD­ING 55, NO. 6 MOUNT SAINT JOSEPH 20: Evan Focht­man com­pleted 19 of 25 passes for 221 yards and threw three touch­down passes to lead the host Cava­liers (9-2, 4-1 Mary­land In­ter­scholas­tic Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion A Con­fer­ence) past the Gaels (7-4, 3-3).

Focht­man also had 18 car­ries for 90 yards and two rush­ing touch­downs. Spald­ing built a 27-14 lead in the first half.

HAVRE DE GRACE 48, FAIR­MONT HEIGHTS 34: The War­riors (8-2) beat the vis­it­ing Hor­nets (3-8) in a Class 1A North semi­fi­nal.

Se­nior quar­ter­back Mike Flosser ran for the War­riors’ first score and threw for three more, all to ju­nior Jor­dan Day.

Havre de Grace also got a half­back-op­tion touch­down pass from Chris­tian Pen­row to Will Ash­man, and Ja­sai Stans­bury ran for a score as well.

War­riors kicker Clay Harris added a pair of field goals from 37 and 36 yards.

WALKERSVILLE 48, CEN­TURY 7: The host Li­ons (11-0) routed the Knights (8-3) in a Class 2A West semi­fi­nal.

Walkersville scored the first two touch­downs of the game, although Cen­tury put up a fight on de­fense in the sec­ond quar­ter. The Knights forced two turnovers on downs, but then a com­plete break­down oc­curred.

In the last 1:55 of the half, Cen­tury turned the ball over three con­sec­u­tive times. And each time, Walkersville’s Ja­cob Wet­zel re­sponded with a rush­ing touch­down.

All three touch­downs came on the first play af­ter the turnover and put the Knights down 34-0 head­ing into halftime. Wet­zel fin­ished with a game-high 197 rush­ing yards on just nine car­ries.

“We turned over the ball a cou­ple times, and that’s the kind of team that if you give them a short field, they’ll take ad­van­tage of it,” Knights coach Jim Holz­man said. “I thought we played re­ally hard, we had a lot of guys banged up and in­jured, and no­body made any ex­cuses and we stayed in it. … This is our sec­ond-best sea­son in Cen­tury history, and it was fun be­ing in this play­off at­mos­phere.”

MID­DLE­TOWN 48, LIB­ERTY 7: The vis­it­ing Knights (9-2) ex­tended their twotouch­down lead with a 34-0 run in the sec­ond quar­ter and beat the host Li­ons (9-2) in a Class 2A West re­gion semi­fi­nal.

“This is the third sea­son where we’ve had seven or more wins,” Lib­erty coach Larry Luthe said. “We want to get to where our full ex­pec­ta­tion is, and if we’re not in the play­offs, we’re play­ing for a play­off spot ev­ery year. Hope­fully, the se­niors set the ta­ble for that. They’re a great group of kids. They’re close and they love each other and it’s go­ing to leave a bit­ter taste, but I’m very happy they were able to fin­ish the game.

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