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  1. 48 days in, 48 days out from Championship Saturday. A look at the MPSSAA, half way through. City League In the City League, Poly was/is the favorite, and still likely the best team in the league, despite their first loss to a MPSSAA team, falling to Lake Clifton on Friday, 38-34. Give credit to Poly, in addition to facing their league slate, the Engineers have faced Perry Hall, Riverdale Baptist, Olympia NC, and St Frances, and still have Simeon IL, John Carroll, and Mount Carmel, ahead. Long Beach St Demetrius Mims has stepped into the star role, after playing the #2 guy on last year's state title team. Sophomores Ra Ra Ali and Justin Lewis give the Engineers a pair of the best of the 2020 impact players in the area. Dunbar is 1 of 2 teams in the state that remains undefeated, along with Wi-Hi, after edging Dunbar of DC, 52-49, Saturday. Da'shawn Phillip leads the Poets, who still have their toughest tests ahead of them, in Poly, Lake, Patterson, and Edmondson. Phillip, who has an offer from James Madison, has been the Poets leader for three years now. Zephaniah Esguerra is the other returning starter for the Poets. Poly is still a favorite to repeat in 3A, but their toughest test may be right in their own region, v #5 Potomac. Dunbar should be the favorite in 1A, with Fairmont Heights, Douglass, and Joppatowne, the three top contenders. Lake, Edmondson, and Patterson, will all battle each other, along with New Town and Gwynn Park, in the 2A North. The winner of this region should be the favorite in 2A, with Oakdale, Wicomico, and River Hill, the early favorites in the other regions. The Poets are going through their longest championship drought since joining the MPSSAA, 4+ years. After 4-peating from '10-13, and winning 14 titles in its first 21 years in the association, the Poets haven't won a regional title, since. Meanwhile, four other league opponents have won state titles in that time frame (City '14, Edmondson '14, Poly '17, Patterson '17), and another played in back-to-back title games (Lake, '15 and '16). Tree's Lakers always seem to get a top 5 win every season, while holding the opponent to the mid 30's or low 40's, and they did that Friday, knocking off Poly, 38-34. Patterson, who lost Marvin Price to transfer, and Gerard Mungo to injury, is sputtering, losing to Ben Franklin by 11, to City College, 44-40, and Roosevelt DC, 87-79, all this week, to go with an opening night loss to Digital Harbor. On the other side, the Clippers have a 22 point win over Lake. Edmondson gave Milford Mill a loss, but were shut down by Lake Clifton, too, scoring just 26 points. The Red Storm are led by Teon Gardner, who led Westside to the state final last year. The Black Knights of City College have the win over Patterson, but has a loss to Southwestern, who also has a win over Dundalk, but big losses to Poly, Edmondson, and Mervo. Ranked teams; #1 Poly (8-3), #4 Dunbar (10-0), #9 Lake Clifton (9-3), #12 Edmondson (8-2), #28 Mervo (7-2), #33 Southwestern (7-3), #37 City College (8-2), #50 Patterson (5-8). Games this week; Monday - Patterson @ Joppatowne, Mervo v Mount Carmel, Friday - Edmondson @ Dunbar, Lake @ Mervo, City @ Poly, Saturday - Poly v Simeon (Chicago).
  2. Eleanor Roosevelt 58 Bowie 57 F
  3. Its obvious you are very angry I was at the game and you were not. I get it. Not only did I have my ticket taken care of, I got my man I brought with me, in, too. Don't trip, its not the first time, and for my money, not the last. Like I said earlier, stick to who is walking around Gilman, how impressed you are with yourself, and how much more you know about basketball than anyone, the board cannot have enough of those types. Look forward to the Hammond updates, too. Heads up, too. If you are going to mentally torture yourself every time I go to a game, you are going to go insane. I get to a lot of games. Headed to one now. Good luck. If it gets real bad, phone a friend.
  4. I was good, my tickets were taken care of. No one said anything about pre-printed tickets. In fact, I didn't even pay. You are extremely upset about that. Thats your problem. I hope you find a way to get over it.
  6. To add to the milestones. Crounse's 477 passing yards v Oxon Hill in the regional final were the 3rd most in MPSSAA history, and most in MPSSAA playoff history. His 32 completions in that game tie for 6th best all-time, and his 52 attempts, 9th. Saylor's 432 passing yards v Richard Montgomery rank 7th most all-time in a game, and his 403 v Churchill is 1 of 19 400+ passing yard games in MPSSAA history. Saylor also became just the second player in MPSSAA history (Chuck Reese - '14 Rockville, 3) to throw for 400 yards twice in the same season. Two others, Cosh and Wooton's Sam Ellis, had a pair of 400 yard games, but both in different seasons. Crounse just missed the pair of 4's this season, throwing for 396 v North Point.
  7. Thanks for the good intel, nomad.
  8. That was quick. Makes sense now.
  9. He'll have to settle for top 10, then. Now that you say that, someone has said to me mid-season he may be Saylor's replacement next season, when I asked who was on slate to get it to him next year. He needs 63 receptions and 1,014 yards to rank 2nd all-time in both, something he did in both in his sophomore and junior seasons, granted, with the gun-slinging Saylor throwing like there is no tomorrow. Saylor's 201 completions rank 10th all-time in MPSSAA history for a season, and his 20.1 completions per game rank in the top 10, as well. Saylor, Trent, and Miller's passing game numbers were ridiculous -Big XII-like. Instead, it may be Broadneck's Ethon Williams that cra├žks the top 3 in receptions, and possibly 2nd in recieving yards. Williams needs 61 receptions to rank 3rd all-time (81 to tie for 2nd) in receptions, and 1,136 receiving yards to place 2nd all-time (759 to place 3rd) in MPSSAA history in receiving yards. In addition to Jared Lewis' all-time season and career rankings mentioned earlier, and Saylor's crazy line of 201-330-3103-32-8, Doc Bonner, Jermichael Jones, and Reese Crounse all set themselves among top 10 all-time lists this season. Bonner became the fourth quarterback in MPSSAA history to account for 90 TDs on offense, joining Arundel's gun-slinging Billy Cosh, Friendly's NFL pro Joe Haden, and former Sherwood Warrior Deontay Twyman, who became the first player in 17 years (Lawrence Moten) to be named to the Washington Post All-Met 1st team in both football and basketball, a decade ago. Cosh, Haden, Twyman, Doc. Jones' 82 passing and rushing touchdowns rank 6th all-time. Crounse's 3,358 passing yards for Northern is 5th best all-time in a season. Lewis' 3,285 yards ranks 6th, Saylor's 3,103, 10th. Three top 10 season passing yardage marks in one season. Miller's 1,266 receiving yards ranks 9th all-time for a season, and his teammate's Trent's 1,203 ranks 11th. Poly's Chambers 1,175 ranks 12th. Trent's 76 receptions rank 9th, Miller's 74, tied for 11th. Chambers and Williams' 17 receiving touchdowns rank tied for 8th. Edgewood's Christian McDowell and Seneca Valley's Harold Dotson's 11 interceptions tie for 4th best all-time in a season in MPSSAA history. Glenelg's Wande Owens needs 1,659 rushing yards to become the 6th player in MPSSAA history to rush for 5,500 yards in a career, and Howard's Devin Dawkins needs 2,109. Both should become the 13th and 14th players to surpass 5,000 rushing yards, somewhere from early to mid-season, provided both stay healthy.
  10. WR Malik Lawrence (North Point) 5'8 150 JR - Lawrence followed up a great sophomore campaign with a stellar junior season, grabbing a Washington Post Honorable Mention nod after grabbing 48 receptions for 1,006 yards and 13 touchdowns. Lawrence finished 4th in the MPSSAA in touchdown receptions, 6th in receiving yards. Lawrence also added a rushing touchdown, returned a punt for a touchdown, and returned an interception for a touchdown. Lawrence has 98 receptions for 2,032 yards and 23 TDs heading into his senior season. Lawrence had 7 receptions for 140 yards and 2 TDs v Old Mill, 5 receptions for 125 yards and 3 TDs v Great Mills, 188 total yards and 2 TDs v Calvert, and 5 receptions for 72 yards, scoring 2 touchdowns, including a 39 yard interception for a score in the Eagles 38-22 playoff win over Broadneck. WR Ugo Obasi (Milford Mill) 6'3 170 SR - Obasi, a Virginia commit, helped lead the Millers to the 3A state title game, and was selected to the USA Today All-State 2nd team, as well as to the Baltimore Sun All-Met 2nd team. Obasi had 35 receptions for 716 yards and 11 touchdowns, averaging 21.1 yards per reception. Obasi also added a rushing touchdown and an interception returned for a score. Obasi finished his Millers career with over 2,000 yards, 27 touchdowns, 88 receptions, and 6 interceptions. Obasi had 4 receptions for 136 yards and 2 touchdowns, and added an interception v Perry Hall. Obasi had 4 receptions for 119 yards and a score v Dundalk. In the state title game v Linganore, Obasi had 3 receptions for 64 yards. WR Noelly Miller (Wooton) 6'1 180 JR - Miller is on his way to rank among the top 5 in MPSSAA history in both receptions and receiving yards, with a good liklihood that he'll rank among the top two in both. The 2-time All-MoCo 1st teamer led the MPSSAA in receiving yards, was 2nd to his teammate, Elijah Trent, in receptions, and 3rd in receiving touchdowns. Miller had 74 receptions for 1,266 yards and 14 TDs. Miller had 3 games of more than 160 receiving yards, including 10 receptions for 219 yards and 2 scores v Rockville, and 13 receptions for 181 yards and 2 scores v Richard Montgomery. Miller also had 6 receptions for 106 yards and 2 TDs v Northwest. In 2 seasons for the Patriots, Miller has 149 receptions for 2,301 yards and 25 touchdowns, already ranking 9th all-time in MPSSAA in receptions, and 8th all-time in receiving yards.
  11. Down South. 4A heavyweight bout. #3 Eleanor Roosevelt 56 #2 Wise 55 The Raiders used the first 11 minutes of the second half to turn a 2 point halftime deficit into a 10 point lead that the Pumas nearly walked down, with a chance to hit a 3 to send to overtime. Instead, the Pumas couldn't get off a 3 and got a bucket in the paint with a second to go. Raiders quarterback Jaden Faulkner found Cameron Brown on a fly route to kill the clock. Brown led four double-digit scorers for the Raiders, with 16 points. Sherwyn Dervonish led the Pumas with 27 points.
  12. All-State 2nd Team - Offense QB Robert 'Boogie' Middleton (Lackey) 5'10 200 JR - Middleton wasn't so much as a dual threat, as he was an unstoppable bulldozer who occasionally would dump the paydirt through the air. Middleton led the MPSSAA in rushing yards, with 2,101, on 204 carries, at 10.3 per carry, running for 25 touchdowns, tied for 3rd in the MPSSAA. Middleton led the Chargers to their first SMAC title since 2004, and their first regional title since 2007. Middleton did throw for 1,008 yards and 9 TDs, accounting for 3,109 yards and 34 TDs in all. Middleton was selected to the Washington Post All-Met Honorable Mention list. Middleton rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown in the state semifinal 1 point loss to Fort Hill. Middleton accounted for 364 yards and 5 TDs v Patuxent, and rushed for 261 yards and 3 TDs v Westlake. RB Davon Butler (Linganore) 5'7 187 JR - Butler was a force in the state championship versus Milford Mill, helping lead the Lancers to the state title after rushing for 189 yards and 3 TDs on 29 carries, adding 2 receptions for 20 yards. Butler, who took over as the #1 back for the injured Zamarre Snowden early on, rushed for 1,574 yards on 260 carries, with 23 touchdowns. Butler accumulated 180 total yards and 3 touchdowns in the state semifinal v Oxon Hill. Butler rushed for 172 yards and 2 touchdowns, adding a touchdown reception, in the regional final v Westminster. In the Lancers 19 point regular season win over Oakdale, Butler rushed for 119 yards and a TD, on 23 carries. RB John 'Moo Moo' Oliver (Wise) 5'8 160 SR - Oliver led the 4A state champion Pumas in rushing yards and touchdowns, and produced 221 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns on 31 carries in their 38-20 win over Quince Orchard in the state title game. On the season, Oliver rushed for 1,443 yards and 23 touchdowns on 185 carries (7.9 ypc), with 1,862 yards from scrimmage, and 26 touchdowns overall. Oliver was named to the Washington Post All-Met Honorable Mention Oliver rushed for 134 yards and 4 TDs on 16 carries v Howard in the state semifinal, and added 104 yards from scrimmage and 2 TDs v Eleanor Roosevelt in the regional final. Versus Potomac, Oliver rushed for 170 yards and 3 TDs on just 9 carries. RB Antwan Squire (Suitland) 5'9 185 SR - Squire led the MPSSAA in rushing yards per game, at 177.8 per contest, and finished third in rushing yards, with 1,956. Squire averaged 8.7 yards per carry on 225 carries, with 14 rushing TDs. Squire rushed for 111 yards on 22 carries v Wise, and 96 yards on 18 carries v Flowers. Squire had 37 carries for 258 yards v Douglass, 268 yards v Laurel, and 288 yards v Bladensburg. Squire was named to the Washington Post All-Met 2nd team.
  13. 1 Poly (8-2) 2 Wise (10-2) 3 Eleanor Roosevelt (8-2) 4 Potomac (9-0) 5 Dunbar (9-0) 6 Perry Hall (6-4) 7 Dulaney (8-2) 8 Paint Branch (11-1) 9 Patterson (4-5) 10 Oakdale (11-1) 11 Lake Clifton (8-3) 12 Oxon Hill (8-3) 13 Edmondson (6-3) 14 Milford Mill (7-3) 15 Old Mill (8-4) 16 Woodlawn (7-2) 17 New Town (8-2) 18 Annapolis (8-2) 19 Fairmont Heights (7-3) 20 Springbrook (8-3) 21 River Hill (12-1) 22 Thomas Johnson (10-2) 23 Wicomico (11-0) 24 Douglass (6-3) 25 Linganore (10-2)