Mav­er­icks win 42-0

The Avenue News - - Front Page - By BILL GATES bgates@ches­

It took four games, but the East­ern Tech foot­ball team fi­nally started look­ing like, well, East­ern Tech when the Mav­er­icks vis­ited Loch Raven on Fri­day.

The Mav­er­icks dom­i­nated the Raiders 42-0 for their first win of the sea­son af­ter an 0-3 start.

That was more losses than the past two reg­u­lar sea­sons com­bined, when East­ern Tech went 19-1.

But just about all the play­ers re­spon­si­ble for that record grad­u­ated, leav­ing the Mav­er­icks with just a hand­ful of re­turn­ing starters this sea­son.

“We’ve got­ten a lot bet­ter,” East­ern Tech coach Mark Me­saros said. “We’ve been play­ing some re­ally good com­pe­ti­tion. You get your butt whipped a few times, you start to un­der­stand the speed of the game.

“But through hard work and de­ter­mi­na­tion, we’re a much bet­ter team than we were two weeks ago.”

The Mav­er­icks opened with an 18-9 loss at Owings Mills dur­ing which they twice turned the ball over in­side the Golden Ea­gle 10yard line.

That was fol­lowed by road losses at Mid­dle­town (36-0) and Here­ford (14-0), both state play­off con­tenders.

It took un­til the third play of the sec­ond quar­ter against Loch Raven for East­ern Tech to ex­ceed its point to­tal of the pre­vi­ous three games.

The Mav­er­icks started with a 14-play drive that ended with a 27-yard field goal by Gavin Lock­lear.

East­ern Tech over­came four penal­ties that cost it 35 yards dur­ing the drive, which started at its own 38yard line.

On their next pos­ses­sion, the Mav­er­icks drove 65 yards in 11 plays to take a 10-0 lead on a two-yard run by Isa­iah Wil­lis.

Wil­lis fin­ished the game with 95 rush­ing yards and three touch­downs. He also scored on runs of one and two yards.

East­ern Tech scored on all but two pos­ses­sions: the last pos­ses­sion of each half.

The Mav­er­icks ran 61 plays to 26 for Loch Raven. East­ern Tech’s de­fense smoth­ered the Raiders, which fin­ished the game with mi­nus-67 yards of of­fense and one first down — and that was by a penalty.

Loch Raven ran only 11 plays in the sec­ond half, which was short­ened by the en­tire fourth quar­ter be­ing played un­der a run­ning clock af­ter East­ern Tech took a 39-0 lead at the end of the third quar­ter.

The Mav­er­icks also had a seven-yard touch­down run by quar­ter­back Bran­don Thomas, who also rushed for 100 yards; a two-yard scor­ing run by Zachary Book­man; and a 35-yard field goal from Lock­lear.

Hunter Rid­dle scored a two-point con­ver­sion.

As a team, East­ern Tech rushed for 354 yards.

The Mav­er­icks fi­nally play a home game this week, host­ing Ran­dall­stown (3-1) on Fri­day at CCBC Es­sex.

The Rams lost to Here­ford 35-0 last week.

“I hope [the Loch Raven win] was the start of a resur­gence for us,” Me­saros said. “You can’t keep East­ern Tech kids down; they will keep striv­ing. This team had to learn the hard way, that you have to work hard to win.”

Chesapeake (2-2), lost at Over­lea 20-8 on Fri­day and will play at New Town (2-1) on Satur­day.

Ken­wood (0-3) lost to vis­it­ing Du­laney 40-14 on Fri­day and will host Franklin (2-1) on Fri­day.


Keonte Wil­son-Robin­son of East­ern Tech comes down with an in­ter­cep­tion against Loch Raven.

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