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  1. No, not completely. Milford Mill utterly dominated the first nine minutes and took a 31-10 lead. But Dundalk cut the lead to 35-27 with three minutes left in the half, then missed a wide-open three-pointer that would have made it 35-30, and Milford Mill led 42-29 at halftime (Owls lost another two points when Cook drove to the basket for a layup, but because a Miller player briefly got his hands on the ball as Cook drove past, the ref whistled it a possession, negated the basket and the ball went over to Milford Mill). It was a 10-point game, 61-51, entering the fourth quarter. With the Millers leading 67-59, Dundalk squandered several opportunities to make it a two-possession game: a basket was negated by (what I felt was, and I was standing just a few feet away) a borderline charging call that also fouled Tayquan Busby out of the game; Owls then stole the ball and missed a layup; got another stop, missed a layup, drew a foul, missed both free throws, got the rebound and missed another layup. After that, Milford Mill went to the foul line on its next three possessions (the first two times for one-and-ones) and made all six free throws while Dundalk missed another layup, a wide-open three-point attempt and committed a traveling violation. Now it's 73-59 with about three minutes left in the game, and, at this point, yeah, the game is essentially over. But the Owls had opportunities in the fourth quarter, and it's on them that they didn't execute (several of those critical missed shots were uncontested). It's probable Milford Mill still wins by 20 if Dundalk cuts the Millers' lead to 67-61 with over four minutes left in the game; it's also possible the game could have gone down to the wire. Both teams had a few starters in foul trouble. Milford Mill is the better team - hey, it was making the shots the Owls were missing. But after going up 31-10, the Millers were outscored 49-36 over the next two-and-a-half quarters before finishing with a 20-10 run (12 of those point coming on free throws). Dundalk had its moments, but you can't give a team as good as Milford Mill a 21-point lead. On both of their big runs, it looked like the Owls just ran out of gas when they got to within eight points. (A real shame Milford's football team got hosed on that fourth-down play in the state championship game, when the runner was awarded a first down despite not even getting back to the line of scrimmage. Would have been cool to see if Milford Mill could repeat what it did 30 years ago by winning the state football and basketball championships in the same school year. Interesting note about that 1987-88 accomplishment; football team beat Smithsburg in the state semis and Havre de Grace in the state final; basketball team beat Havre de Grace in the state semis and Smithsburg in the finals.)
  2. With 1.5 seconds remaining and CMW leading 60-59, Dundalk's Michael Johnson went to the line to shoot two. Up to that point, Owls had been 11-for-26 from the line. Michael hit them both. With eight seconds left, C. Milton Wright was shooting a one-and-one. Mustangs had been 16-for-20 from the line up to that point. Missed the free throw, Dundalk got the rebound to set up the ending.
  3. Just a couple of small corrections, Mamba. Dundalk's senior shooter is Gates Cook; the guards are Michael and Jaylon Johnson. Not criticizing; with all the teams you keep track of, some mistakes will inevitably slip through. Thanks for all the info you provide. Dundalk also graduates Will Fedd (#11), who usually sees a significant amount of playing time, but, yeah, the Owls should have a solid team returning next year. Thought Dundalk could pull it off last night when they cut Woodlawn's 14-point lead to five points early in the fourth quarter, but the Warriors were just too strong in rebounding (32-20 edge, by my count) and Dundalk sent Woodlawn to the foul line too many times (Woodlawn converted 15-of-23 free throws, while Dundalk made only six-of-12. Both teams were about the same from the floor: Dundalk 21-for-57, Woodlawn 22-for-55).
  4. Right. As opposed to the usual members of this board, who bravely criticize others while cowering behind anonymity. (By the way: plural of "daddy" is "daddies," and you mean "stick," not "stuck.")
  5. Chesapeake is not a "perennial also-ran." Chesapeake has made the playoffs nine times, including four times in five years from 2007-2011. I would think a "long-time follower of Baltimore County football" would know this. As a Class 1A school, of course Chesapeake isn't going to be able to consistently knock heads with the Class 3A/4A powers in the county. But for a small school stuck down on a peninsula in Essex that draws all of its players from the surrounding community, it does all right. Two years ago, the Bayhawks were terrible and there was a bad attitude among the varsity players, so the school intentionally kept many good players down on the junior varsity so they wouldn't be affected by that attitude. That's the core of this year's team. Chesapeake has a solid defense, but the offense depends too much on breaking long runs. Then again, Shina Aguda, who has rushed for well over 1,000 yards, seems to make a habit of breaking a couple of long runs each game. Against Randallstown this past weekend, Chesapeake trailed 12-8 late in the fourth quarter. Aguda broke a 85-yard run for a touchdown, but it was called back for a holding penalty. Three plays later, he broke a 63-yard run for the winning score. It's unfortunate for the Bayhawks that Dunbar and Lewis are waiting in the playoffs, but I think/hope they can give both schools a game. Heck, a week after Lewis beat New Town 8-6, Chesapeake beat New Town 34-20.
  6. Towson 21, Sparrows Point 9.
  7. Towson runs play from Patapsco 5-yard line with four seconds left, scores to make final score 32-13.
  8. Simmons intercepts badly overthrown pass (Patapsco quarterback missed game with injury, sets up Towson at Patriot 16. Towson scores, leads 26-13 with 4 to go.
  9. Simmons intercepts badly overthrown pass (Patapsco quarterback missed game with injury, sets up Towson at Patriot 16. Towson scores, leads 26-13 with 4 to go.
  10. 16-yard run by Simmons gives Towson 18-13 lead. Extra point pending, injured player being attended to by paramedics on field. Simmons has 150 yards (unofficially) with 10:23 remaining. He mainly just takes a direct snap and runs straight ahead or off-tackle. Few times he's gone outside, he's been tackled for a loss.
  11. Jose Pedilla 36-yard run gives Patapsco 13-12 lead, five minutes left in third. Pedilla had 43-yard score in first half.
  12. At halftime: Towson 12, Patapsco 7.
  13. At halftime: Towson 12, Patapsco 7. sorry; wrong thread.
  14. Ball was snapped over the punter's head. He picked it up, was tackled, fumbled, and Dundalk scooped it up and took it into the end zone for a touchdown. As the touchdown was being scored, the punter and the player who tackled him started scuffling on the ground. I didn't see who started it (was watching the ball being picked up and run into the end zone). Other players on the field then got involved in the fight. The benches didn't quite clear; Dundalk had enough coaches and school officials on the sidelines to grab most of their players who tried to enter the field, and other Owl players also restrained those who tried to leave the sidelines. Patapsco players were told if they didn't return to the sidelines, the school would end the season. The brawl, such as it was, didn't last more than a minute or two. School officials will review the game film next week to determine who gets disciplined. I wouldn't say it was an ugly game throughout (except maybe in the sense neither offense was able to do much. One of Dundalk's other touchdowns also came on a fumble return); there was a brief scuffle at the end of the first half after a Patapsco ballplayer was tackled on a play that carried out of bounds onto the Dundalk sideline, and a Patapsco player was called for roughness. That influenced the official's decision to call the game.
  15. Sparrows Point 24, Catonsville 8. For Baltimore County, something of an upset.