Du­laney wins cross coun­try county ti­tles

Cen­ten­nial foot­ball ends 25-game los­ing streak

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - VARSITY -

It was a sweep for Du­laney High’s cross coun­try teams as the boys and girls cap­tured both Bal­ti­more County cham­pi­onships at Du­laney on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

The county crown was the sev­enth straight for the boys, who fin­ished with 26 points. Tow­son (46), Here­ford (106), Ca­tonsville (112) and Pikesville (145) rounded out the top five.

The Du­laney girls had 37 points and held off two-time cham­pion Here­ford (43). Tow­son (63) was third, fol­lowed by Ca­tonsville (118), Western Tech (154), Carver A & T (157) and Lans­downe (179).

Tow­son’s Peter Soren­son was the boys’ in­di­vid­ual win­ner in a time of 15 min­utes, 54 sec­onds. Du­laney ju­nior Marissa Dai­ley won the girls race in 19:10 as she out-kicked Tow­son’s Made­line Till (19:11) in the fi­nal 50 me­ters of the 5,000-me­ter race.

It’s the third year in a row a run­ner with the name of Dai­ley has won a county ti­tle. Drew Dai­ley, Marissa’s older brother, now run­ning at Ship­pens­burg Univer­sity, won the boys race in 2017 and 2018.

His younger sis­ter got in­spi­ra­tion from him be­fore the race.

“He is just so sup­port­ive,” Marissa said. “He wished me luck.”

Till was in the lead pack with five other run­ners for the first mile, took the lead in the sec­ond mile and led un­til the fin­ish line.

The rest of the Lions girls who scored in the meet in­cluded sopho­more Anna Albergo (third, 19:17), sopho­more Marin Lud­wig (fourth, 19:20), ju­nior Kaitlin Robin­son (13th, 20:32) and se­nior Kayla Bren­nan (16th, 20:51).

Other in­di­vid­ual fin­ish­ers in the top 10 in­cluded Here­ford’s Caro­line Benda (fifth, 19:43), Meghan Benda (sixth, 19:58) and Reese Miller (ninth, 20:12), Carver A&T’s Guini­vere Roberts (eighth, 20:02) and Ca­tonsville’s Jes­sica McDivitt (10th, 20:14).

Sorensen’s win in the boys race was never in doubt as he fin­ished well ahead of Du­laney’s Zak Au­dia (sec­ond, 16:21), Tyler Dai­ley (third, 16:38) and Cooper Geisler (fourth, 16:43).

The other two Du­laney run­ners who scored in the meet were se­nior Zan­der Smith (sixth, 16:47) and ju­nior Rob­bie Gehman (11th, 16:52).

Also fin­ish­ing in the top ten in the boys race were Tow­son’s Sam Fields (fifth, 16:46) and Matt McShane (10th, 16:51), Pikesville’s Kaleb Ber­hanu (sev­enth, 16:47) and Ca­tonsville’s Jack Rose­boom (eighth, 16:47) and El­liott Wack (ninth, 16:48).

Foot­ball

Cen­ten­nial 41, Mount He­bron 26: Since their last win on Sept. 2, 2016, the Ea­gles have reached rock bot­tom. They lost 25 straight games, dis­banded for the 2017 sea­son be­cause of low par­tic­i­pa­tion and failed to score a sin­gle point in the 2018 sea­son.

It’s over.

Cen­ten­nial scored 28 points in a wild fourth quar­ter to de­feat ri­val Mount He­bron.

“I think about the kids and how much work they’ve put into this and how much their hearts are into this,” said Cen­ten­nial head coach Billy Martin. “Ev­ery­thing they’ve had to go through, from not hav­ing a team two years ago, to the sea­son we had last year, and all the ad­ver­sity in be­tween. They’ve per­se­vered through all of it, and still kept a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude. When we think about ev­ery­thing we’ve been through, to beat our ri­val on their home­com­ing, it couldn’t be any more per­fect.”

Af­ter the teams shook hands, the well­trav­eled Cen­ten­nial stu­dent sec­tion rushed the field and cel­e­brated with the team. Ju­nior Dy­lan Wat­son, who tal­lied 10 tack­les, three tack­les for a loss and a sack at in­side line­backer, said cel­e­brat­ing with the fans is some­thing he’ll never for­get.

“It gives me goose­bumps,” Wat­son said. In the roller­coaster fourth quar­ter, Cen­ten­nial made sev­eral cru­cial, game-chang­ing plays, in­clud­ing two fourth-down con­ver­sions and two 85-plus-yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turns for touch­downs. The last pick-six, an 87-yard re­turn by se­nior An­thony Matthews as He­bron was ap­proach­ing the red zone in hopes of ty­ing or tak­ing the lead late in the game, sealed the vic­tory for Cen­ten­nial.

The Ea­gles’ last vic­tory was a 31-20 tri­umph over Ham­mond in Week 1 of the 2016 sea­son. The win on Satur­day is Cen­ten­nial’s sec­ond since Nov. 8, 2013, when the Ea­gles beat Ham­mond, 53-19.

St. Christo­pher’s School (Va.) 30, No. 10 Loyola Blake­field 26: Gill Wil­liamson threw a 5-yard touch­down pass to An­dre Greene with 7:10 left to play to lift the vis­it­ing Saints (6-1) over the Dons (6-1). Dons quar­ter­back Jor­dan Moore com­pleted 14 of 27 passes for 299 yards and two touch­downs.

Arch­bishop Cur­ley 49, St. Paul’s 14: The host Fri­ars (6-2, 4-2 MIAA B Con­fer­ence) won their sec­ond straight game, beat­ing the Cru­saders (2-5, 2-4).

Boys soc­cer

No. 1 Mount Saint Joseph 3, Ch­e­sa­peake-AA 0: The host Gaels (11-3-1) bounced back from Fri­day’s up­set to No. 4 McDonogh by beat­ing the Cougars (4-14-1).

Girls soc­cer

AACS 6, Ch­e­sa­peake-SP 1: The host Ea­gles (11-2-1) have won four of their last five games.

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