St. Charles football up­ends Leonard­town

Spar­tans end on three-game win streak

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com Twit­ter: tblack­somds1

In the sea­son fi­nale for both South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer- ence Po­tomac Di­vi­sion football teams and in a game closer than the fi­nal score in­di­cated, St. Charles High School de­feated host Leonard­town on Fri­day night, 20-6.

St. Charles se­nior run­ning back Jef­frey Hughes car­ried 16 times for 174 yards and two scores and also caught three passes for 80 yards and an­other score as the Spar­tans (4-6, 3-3 SMAC Po­tomac) ended the sea- son on a three-game win streak.

Their ini­tial bid for a post­sea­son berth was de­railed when they were forced to for­feit a 14-0 vic- tory over McDonough on Sept. 9 for us­ing an in­el­i­gi­ble player.

“Dur­ing the first five games we gave up a to­tal of 123 points while scor- ing only 28,” St. Charles head coach Avery Wil- liams said in an email with South­ern Mary­land News­pa­pers. “Over the last five games we gave up a to­tal of 29 points and scored 89. My staff and I are most proud of the fact that our guys fought through all adverse sit­u­a­tions en­coun­tered this sea­son, con­tin­ued to work hard, main­tained their com­po­sure, re­lied on their men­tal tough­ness and dis­played lots of re­siliency.”

St. Charles quar­ter- back Mar­lon Brown com­pleted 5 of 7 pass- es for 100 yards and one touch­down, while Hughes led a ground game that amassed 302 yards on 29 at­tempts. Chris­tian Wood had five car­ries for 45 yards and Jonte Thomas had five car­ries for 42 yards.

Kon­ner Blount-Fos­ter and Mer­wan Mour­taj each had one re­cep­tion for the Spar­tans.

“My guys re­sponded well to some early ad­ver­sity that they were able to over­come and fin­ish be­ing suc­cess­ful,” Wil­liams said. “Af­ter a some­what slug­gish start, af­ter a big play from Jef­frey Hughes on an 80-yard touch­down pass re­cep­tion, the team increased their fo­cus and played well in all three phases dis­play­ing a great deal of team unity.”

Leonard­town (2-8, 2-4), which won a game on the field and an­other via for­feit when North­ern was stripped of four wins for us­ing in­el­i­gi­ble play­ers, held its own sta­tis­ti­cally in de­feat.

Spencer Waugh com­pleted 3 of 7 passes for 101 yards and the Raiders’ ground game col­lected 263 yards on 34 at­tempts.

“I re­ally could not be any prouder of th­ese guys,” Raiders head coach Ron Wein­berger said. “We had 20 se­niors on the team this year and that ac­counted for one-half of our ros­ter. But a lot of those guys have been with us all four years and they never gave up. I kept re­mind­ing them that win­ning takes time. They played for a pro­gram that has only had two win­ning sea­sons in 38 years.”

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