St. Charles foot­ball picks up win over Great Mills

Spar­tans pull away in sec­ond half for win

Maryland Independent - - Letting It Fly - By TAMMY SHOWALTER tshowal­ter@somd­ Twit­ter: @tam­lyn­nusa

The St. Charles Spar- tans foot­ball team trav- eled to Great Mills to take on the Hor­nets on Fri­day night in a South­ern Mary- land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Po­tomac Divi­sion con­test and came up with a 24-7 win to knock the Hor­nets out of any play­off con­tention.

The Spar­tans (3-6, 2-3 SMAC Po­tomac) led 6-0 lead at the half and ex- panded on their lead as the game went along.

“Dur­ing the first quar- ter both teams seemed to be feel­ing each other out,” St. Charles head coach Avery Wil­liams said. “Dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter our de­fense was able to cre­ate some turn- overs and our of­fense was able to cap­i­tal­ize by ef­fec- tively mov­ing the chains with our run game.”

Se­nior Jeffrey Hughes had 16 car­ries for 128 yards and two touch­downs to lead the Spar- tans on the ground. Se­nior Al­pha Barry added 89 yards with one touch­down and ju­nior Chris­tian Wood had two car­ries for 11 yards and a touch­down.

“The mo­men­tum that we gained dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter car­ried us the rest of the night,” Wil­liams said. “We also had excellent spe­cial teams play. Our spe­cial forces cre­ated two key turnovers which lead to scor­ing drives”

Ju­nior Teyon Pet­way led the Spar­tans with eight solo tack­les and ju­nior Miles Gravely added one sack.

“It was a to­tal team ef­fort and we played well within all phases,” Wil­liams said. “This week ver­sus Leon- ard­town, I hope to see my guys con­tinue to im­prove tech­nique-wise and main- tain the mo­men­tum that they have gained over the past few weeks by play­ing fun­da­men­tally sound foot- ball in all phases of the game.”

The Raiders, who will be play­ing its se­nior night game at 6 p.m. Fri­day against the vis­it­ing Spar- tans, lost 37-0 to Chopti- con in Week 9.

Great Mills (3-6, 3-2) wraps up the sea­son at home ver­sus the Braves at 6 p.m. Fri­day.

“I have mixed feel­ings,” Great Mills head coach Ty­rone Bell said in an email Tues­day morn­ing. “On one hand we had some guys that were ball- ing out and on the other hand we had some guys I think got lost in the mo­ment. We did not play a clean game on Of­fense. Con­stant first and sec­ond and long be­cause of penal­ties. It was un­char­ac­ter­is­tic of the foun­da­tion we are build­ing on.

“We still have things to play for, a win ver­sus the Chop­ti­con makes us county champs and true brag­ging rights for St. Mary’s County. We will be down in num­bers due to some se­ri­ous in­juries, but the game doesn’t spot you seven points for that. We need to come ready to play and send our se­niors out on a high note.”

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