South River knocks off un­beaten Broad­neck in foot­ball, 28-21

West­min­ster tops South Hager­stown, 24-21; Owls sweep in re­gion vol­ley­ball

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Kather­ine Fominykh —Me­gan Woodward, Bal­ti­more Sun Me­dia Group —Pat Stoet­zer, Bal­ti­more Sun Me­dia Group —James Peters, Bal­ti­more Sun Me­dia Group Bal­ti­more Sun staff con­tributed to this ar­ti­cle.

South River stared down No. 3 Broad­neck and rolled past the Bru­ins, 28-21, in the Class 4A East re­gional sem­fi­nal on Fri­day night. The Sea­hawks im­proved to 7-4 and Broad­neck fell to 10-1.

“We sched­ule tough teams … and th­ese guys aren’t go­ing to back down,” Sea­hawks coach Ed Dolch said. “That was our mind­set com­ing over here.”

Led by quar­ter­back David Foust’s two touch­downs, the Sea­hawks claimed the Class 4A East Re­gion semi­fi­nal game, 28-21, ex­tend­ing their state cham­pi­onship dreams for an­other week.

Se­nior run­ning back Joe Foy spurred the Sea­hawks on the ground, to­tal­ing 30 car­ries for 203 yards and a touch­down.

“Re­cently, they re­leased the BTC Al­lS­tar ros­ter, and he wasn’t on it. I think he’s been on a mis­sion ever since to prove them wrong, that he is the guy in this county [to watch],” Dolch said. “Last few weeks, he’s put the of­fense on his back and pushed us into the play­offs.”

South River (7-4) ad­vances to face North Point (11-0), which de­feated Arun­del, 43-13, on Fri­day night.

For Broad­neck, though, the loss ended its play­off run and a 10-game un­beaten streak, led by fresh­man quar­ter­back Josh Ehrlich.

WEST­MIN­STER 24, SOUTH HAGER­STOWN 21: The Owls (8-3) beat the Rebels (8-3) and will get a re­match with Linganore in the Class 3A West Re­gion fi­nal for the sec­ond year in a row — the Lancers routed Blake 45-8 on Fri­day to ad­vance.

West­min­ster se­nior quar­ter­back Chris­tian Etchi­son led the Owls down the field on their first drive, but the Rebels came up with a pair of de­fen­sive stops to force the Owls to at­tempt a field goal. Ju­nior kicker Joey Long’s 20-yarder was sent through the up­rights to give the Owls a 3-0 lead in the first quar­ter.

The Owls held the Rebels to two three-and-outs on their first drives, con­tain­ing se­nior run­ning back Jayswah Sanon. Owls se­nior Jaden Louis sneaked through the Rebels’ de­fense for a 6-yard score with 3 min­utes, 46 sec­onds left in the first half, but the ex­tra point was sent high over Long’s head and fum­bled.

It didn’t take long for Sanon to find his feet.

The first half neared its end when Sanon caught a West­min­ster punt and re­turned it 52 yards for a touch­down. He sprinted down the left side­line, cut in through the cen­ter and into the end zone to put the Rebels on the board. The Owls held a two-point lead at the half, 9-7.

Se­nior quar­ter­back Timmy Townsend found Naeem Wat­son for a 20-yard touch­down to open the sec­ond half scor­ing for the Rebels (8-3) and the home team led 14-9.

The Owls re­sponded on their next drive af­ter the Rebels were handed an un­sports­man­like con­duct penalty. Etchi­son con­nected with se­nior re­ceiver Ta­vian Mont­gomery on a 13-yard scor­ing catch, and the Owls con­verted a 2-point con­ver­sion to pick up a 17-14 lead.

LOY­OLA BLAKEFIELD 41, CAP­I­TAL CHRIS­TIAN 0: The Dons (6-3) led 28-0 over the Red Storm (5-6) in Mary­land Chris­tian Schools In­vi­ta­tional at Riverdale Bap­tist.

Girls vol­ley­ball

NO. 3 WEST­MIN­STER 3, NORTH HAGER­STOWN 0: The host Owls won 25-9, 25-20, 25-14 in a Class 3A West re­gion fi­nal match that lasted about an hour and im­proved to 16-1. The Owls ad­vance to the 3A state semi­fi­nals Wed­nes­day at Univer­sity of Mary­land’s Ritchie Coli­seum.

“We just brought all of our en­ergy, all of or fo­cus,” said se­nior set­ter Emily Bartlett. “We just went all out.”

West­min­ster won its 12th con­sec­u­tive match thanks to a col­lec­tive ef­fort — Bartlett handed out 34 as­sists and let her big hit­ters do the dam­age.

“Two of our best, most co­he­sive matches for sure,” Ben­ish said. “And I think the big­gest thing that has been con­sis­tent through­out the match is that next-play men­tal­ity. It doesn’t mat­ter what hap­pened the play be­fore, you’ve got to move on and you fo­cus on this one.”

NO. 7 SOUTH RIVER 3, NO. 5 ARUN­DEL 1: The host Sea­hawks finds them­selves one step away from the Class 4A state fi­nal fol­low­ing a vic­tory against two-time de­fend­ing Class 4A East re­gion cham­pion Wild­cats.

Fac­ing a Wild­cats squad that ended South River’s play­off run a year ago and de­feated the Sea­hawks, 3-1, in the re­cent­ly­held Anne Arun­del County cham­pi­onship match, Samanta Tara­bella and Sa­van­nah Doc­tor com­bined for 45 pun­ish­ing kills, largely through 46 as­sists de­liv­ered from Emily Spe­ciale, to lift South River, 27-25, 25-18, 23-25, 25-20, in what was a tight­ly­con­tested match through­out.

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