McDonough foot­ball’s come­back bid falls short

But­ler tosses five TD passes in loss to North­ern

Maryland Independent - - Letting It Fly - By MICHAEL REID mreid@somd­ Twit­ter: @SOMDhab­s­fan

North­ern jumped out to a huge half­time lead and then hung on to de­feat vis­it­ing Mc- Donough 43-33 on Fri­day night at North­ern High School. in a South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence non­di­vi­sion con- test.

The Pa­tri­ots (1-8 over­all) leaped out to a 30-7 lead by the in­ter­mis­sion, but McDonough ral­lied over the fi­nal 24 min- utes and drew to within 10 points.

“They have a re­ally good run­ning back and at first they sur­prised us with their run­ning game, but we made an ad­just- ment at half and kind of slowed them down a lit­tle bit,” Mc- Donough head coach Jonathan Briscoe said. “It’s kind of hard to come back when you spot a team 30 points in a half, [but] we got some points to get back in the game. I love the way they fought.”

North­ern’s Xavier Davis rushed for 227 yards and two touch­downs, while quar­ter­back Gun­nar Chris­tian­son com­pleted 11 of 13 passes for 170 yards and three scores.

North­ern was un­able to be reached for com­ment. The Pa­tri­ots wrap up the reg­u­lar sea­son at North Point at 7 p.m. Fri­day. The Ea­gles de­feated Hunt­ing­town, 35-7, in Week 9.

The Rams (2-7) switched to quar­ter­back Brant But­ler on their third pos­ses­sion and the pivot com­pleted 19 of 30 passes for 353 yards and five touch­downs. He also added 55 yards on the ground.

“He kind of lit it up,” Briscoe said.

Hezikiah Hawkins had five catches for 131 yards and a score and Der­vonn Holton also had five catches for 76 yards and three touch­downs. Demar- co Davis had six re­cep­tions for 80 yards and Ri­cardo Olivia added three grabs for 66 yards and a score.

Run­ning back Mes­siah Orig­i­nal had 16 car­ries for 77 yards.

De­fen­sively, Chris Proc­tor had a team-high 12 tack­les and re­cov­ered a fum­ble while Jor- dan Ban­kett added 10 tack­les. Jae­lyn McDuffie added nine tack­les and Holton fin­ished with five tack­les and an in­ter- cep­tion.

“[In the sec­ond half] our goal was to get some scores and hold them, and from there we just kept fight­ing,” Briscoe said. “With the predica­ment that we were in we couldn’t re­ally run the ball, but our pass­ing game just caught fire. I can’t be mad at the way we fought.”

McDonough will host La Plata at 7 p.m. Fri­day. The War­riors lost to Lackey in Week 9, 42-6.

“If we can keep our of­fense mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion and step up our run­ning game we’ll be solid,” Briscoe said. “And I think we can do that. But we have to stop peo­ple; we have to play bet­ter de­fense if we want to stop peo­ple.”

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