St. Charles football upends Leonardtown
Spartans end on three-game win streak
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.”