Dulaney wins cross country county titles
Centennial football ends 25-game losing streak
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).
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.
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).
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).
AACS 6, Chesapeake-SP 1: The host Eagles (11-2-1) have won four of their last five games.