St. Charles foot­ball edged by Hunt­ing­town

Hur­ri­canes earn vic­tory over Spar­tans

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By ANDY STATES as­tates@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @cfh­philly

With 17 sec­onds show­ing on the score­board clock on Oct. 14, Hunt­ing­town’s An­drew Pawlowski took the snap from cen­ter and took a knee.

That play may have spawned the hap­pi­est feel­ings any Hunt­ing­town player has felt all sea­son, as it ran out the clock on the Hur­ri­canes’ first win of the sea­son, a 10-6 vic­tory at St. Charles in a South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Po­tomac Di­vi­sion clash.

“It def­i­nitely feels re­ally good, es­pe­cially since we didn’t re­ally have one per­son who was mak­ing ev­ery sin­gle play out there,” Pawlowski said. “We had all 20-some­thing peo­ple mak­ing plays.”

Through­out the foot­ball sea­son, Hunt­ing­town has strug­gled to put points on the board. Six weeks in, the Hur­ri­canes had scored in dou­ble fig­ures just three times and had a sea­son high of just 14 points.

The Oct. 14 game at St. Charles was no dif­fer­ent, as Hunt­ing­town’s of­fense was not able to put the ball in the end zone. It didn’t mat­ter. The Hur­ri­canes scored one de­fen­sive touch­down on a Ja­cob Cramer in­ter­cep­tion re­turn and also had a field goal in the win.

“The de­fense played great, and they’ve played great all year,” Hunt­ing­town head coach Paul Friel said. “We’ve just had mo­ments where we’d give up a cou­ple scores. We’ve talked about it, but fi­nally just said don’t worry about mak­ing bad plays, just play. Just play and have fun, go out and do what you have to do.”

What­ever the for­mula, it worked. St. Charles (25, 0-3 SMAC Po­tomac) did not score an of­fen­sive touch­down it­self and was lim­ited to just four first downs for the game. The Spar­tans, trail­ing 10-0 mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter, got their only points on Jef­frey Hughes’ 84-yard kick re­turn to pull the team to within 10-6.

The Spar­tans had one last-ditch ef­fort late in the fourth quar­ter, mov­ing to their own 42-yard line. But fac­ing a third down and 7, Hunt­ing­town sacked quar­ter­back Mar­lon Brown and a fourth down pass fell in­com­plete with 17 sec­onds re­main­ing to seal the Hur­ri­canes’ vic­tory.

Af­ter a score­less first quar­ter, Hunt­ing­town (25, 2-2) scored all the points it needed 1 minute 38 sec­ond span in the sec­ond.

First, Thomas Weiskircher kicked a 28yard field goal to cap a long drive that the Hur­ri­canes started at their own 39. On the en­su­ing St. Charles pos­ses­sion, Cramer stepped on front of a Brown pass, picked it off and rum­bled 17 yards un­touched into the end zone to in­crease the vis­i­tors’ lead to 10-0 with the suc­cess­ful ex­tra point.

Hughes fol­lowed with his re­turn touch­down, but that was to be all the Spar­tans would muster. Hunt­ing­town did not score again, but man­aged to move the chains enough to stay on the right side of the field po­si­tion bat­tle and run am­ple time off the clock.

“Of­fen­sively we moved the ball but just couldn’t con­vert some of the drives.” Friel said. “We got enough points to win, and that’s what we need. Spe­cial teams played well ex­cept for the one big play. [Hughes] made a nice run.”

While Week 7 wasn’t when Hunt­ing­town would have hoped to earn its first win, it was still a re­ward for a team that has been close sev­eral times through­out the sea­son.

“If it was a ter­ri­ble group it would be dif­fer­ent, but we’re not that far off. It’s been re­ally frus­trat­ing com­ing up short,” Friel said. “It’s been a few mo­ments here or there, so this is huge. I think it will carry over to the next three weeks to fin­ish out the sea­son strong. We just need to keep plug­ging away and work­ing. None of the kids have quit or given up. They’ve all been prac­tic­ing and do­ing what they have to do. This will help.”

Mon­day, an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Calvert County Stu­dent Ser­vices re­vealed that North­ern had used in­el­i­gi­ble play­ers, there­fore a Oct. 7 loss to the Pa­tri­ots turns into a 2-0 for­feit vic­tory for Hunt­ing­town.

Hunt­ing­town is sched­uled to host Leonard­town at 7 p.m. Fri­day in what the team hopes will end a sec­ond straight win. The Raiders fell to North Point in Week 7, 36-6. St. Charles will look to re­bound when it hosts North­ern at 7 p.m. Fri­day against a Pa­tri­ots team that fell to Chop­ti­con in Week 7, 48-20.

Tough as the sea­son has been in terms of the record, Pawlowski thought Fri­day night’s ef­fort re­vealed some­thing about the Hur­ri­canes’ char­ac­ter.

“It def­i­nitely shows that we have a lot of fight, whether we’re on the win­ning side of things or the los­ing side,” he said. “To­day we were on the right side of it. We have to fight all the way through.”

STAFF PHOTO BY ANDY STATES

St. Charles quar­ter­back Mar­lon Brown looks for an open re­ceiver in the late stages of the Spar­tans’ 10-6 loss to the vis­it­ing Hunt­ing­town Hur­ri­canes on Fri­day night.

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