Mavericks win 42-0
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.