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  1. A look back at the top 50 games during the 2017 season involving the MPSSAA teams, among the 1,000 games played. Top games measured by competitiveness (finish, final score, lead changes, through 3), intrigue (rivalry, rematch), and the stakes at hand. 30 of the top 50 were playoff games, where the post-season delivered 11 games decided by 3 points or less, and another 8 1-possession games, including two thrilling state title games. A box of chocolates, indeed. 50 count. 50.) Chopticon 35 Oxon Hill 32 > Week 1 - This would be the first of two matchups this season between Chopticon and Oxon Hill where the game wasn't decided until the last minute, with this one the opening week in Morganza, and the other to open the playoffs. Oxon Hill came into the season as 3A South favorites, with Penn State commit Daniel George leading a talented cast that went 10-1 in '16, while the Braves of Chopticon had to start the season without quarterback AJ Hunt, who had thrown for over 1,600 yards and 18 TD in '16. Dominique Crampton stepped in for Hunt and led the Braves to a 21-3 lead in the second quarter, before the Clippers mounted a comeback, led by Deonte Hill, who recorded 6 receptions for 117 yards, a 68 yard kickoff return for a score, and picked off 2 interceptions. Hill's 36 yard reception set up a Clippers 1 yard score to cut the lead to 3, 35-32, but a Nicolas Snyder interception of Dejuan Rollins with a minute to go, dashed the Clippers final comeback hopes. Crampton finished with 8 completions for 151 yards, including 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. The Braves rushed for 291 yards on 47 carries, with 4 Braves each registering 51-85 yards on the ground. Rollins threw 17-30 for 217 yards, with 1 TD and 1 pick. George had an interception and 5 receptions. Notes; Hunt came back in week 2 and finished the season with another 1,600 yard season, and finished his Braves career with 35 TD passes, and 9 rushing TD, in 19 games. Austin Gregory led the Braves in rushing, with 1,047 yards on 127 carries (8.1 ypc), scoring 9 TD, including a 121 yard, one score performance versus the undefeated SMAC league champion, North Point. 49.) Broadneck 28 Meade 21 > Week 8 - The Bruins came into this week 8 matchup undefeated, while the Mustangs were looking to gain a share of first place, in this meeting at 'The Fort'. The Bruins struck first, in the opening quarter, before the Mustangs answered at 7-7. Again, in the second, the Mustangs matched a Bruins score, to put it at 14 a piece at halftime. Darion Straughn gave the Mustangs their first lead of the game, 21-14, midway through the third period, on his 25 yard score. The game held at 21-14 Meade, before Tyrice Watson scored his second and third touchdowns in the final 4 minutes to preserve the Bruins undefeated record. Shortly before his game-tying touchdown, Watson tackled a Mustangs punt returner at the 3 yard line, which turned into a short field for the Bruins, four plays later. Notes; Watson was the star of the night, but it was a trio of Bruins weapons that were instrumental in leading the Bruins to a 10-0 regular season. Quarterback Shane Davis, brother of Midshipmen Emmett, threw for 31 TD (5th in the MPSSAA), 2,478 yards (5th), and 174 completions (4th). Davis also rushed for 8 TD, accounting for 39 scores, in all. Junior receiver Ethon Williams put up his second 50+ catch, 1,000 yard season, posting 66 receptions (3rd in the MPSSAA) and 1,123 yards (4th), while tying Poly's Tyrese Chambers for most TD receptions in the MPSSAA, with 17. Jason Carcamo had his second 1,100 yard season, rushing for 1,194 yards and 13 TD on 178 carries. Davis threw for 52 TD and over 4,500 yards, while rushing for 14 TD, over his junior and senior seasons. Williams, who now has 130 receptions for 2,230 yards and 31 TD, is 61 receptions away from placing 3rd all-time in MPSSAA history, 1,285 yards from the most receiving yards in MPSSAA history, and can match Arundel's Ronnie Harris' all-time total of 48 receiving TD if he were to match his total of 17 this season. 48.) Eleanor Roosevelt 34 Flowers 7 > 4A Regional Final - Coach Dameon Powell's Jaguars came into the game as PG4A regular season co-champions, tied with the 2-time 4A defending champions, Wise Pumas. The Jags and Pumas never met in the 10 game slate, however, the Jags and the Raiders had, with Flowers holding on to a 25-19 win in week 3. The Jaguars were riding a 10-0 season for the first time since 2006, when they ended up losing to Suitland, 14-13, in the regional final. Roosevelt, was looking for a rematch with the Pumas, after falling in the final minute of their week 8 matchup. But first, a turnaround in the rematch with Flowers was needed. Things started out gloomy in Springdale for the Raiders, when Jaden Faulkner's pass was intercepted by Sultan Woolbright on the first play from scrimmage, and the Jaguars capitalized shortly thereafter to take a 7-0 lead. The Raiders answered. Following a Faulkner score, the Raiders would fail the conversion, leaving the Jaguars lead at one. Flowers was looking to add to their lead, before fumbling at the Raiders 1 yard line. The Raiders made the Jags pay for the costly turnover. Faulkner finished off a 17 play drive with a 2 yard run to put it at 12-7, at intermission. Elisha McDonald took that momentum into the second half for the Raiders, rushing for 131 yards after intermission, including registering his first of two scores, a 26 yard haul gave the Raiders a 20-6 lead late in the third quarter, and Roosevelt never looked back. McDonald finished with 196 yards and 2 TD, while Faulkner rushed for 120 yards on 19 carries, scoring twice on the ground, and throwing for one TD through the air. Notes; Immediately following the Raiders victory, Raiders safety and Terrapins commit Ray Boone told WUSA9's Chris Williamson, “I’m going to come back next week, going to get Wise. And we going to get Wise. Wise losing. We going to win states — that’s all,” as he dapped up a teammate, before he went on, "“In previous years, they were just better than everybody else, but this year, they’re pretty average,” Boone said of the Pumas, who beat the Raiders, 21-14, on Oct. 20. “I didn’t see anything that was shocking. Everybody on their team was average.” 47.) Glenelg 27 Thomas Stone 18 > 3A Regional Final - A week after upsetting then undefeated league foe River Hill in round one, the Gladiators traveled to Waldorf to meet the Cougars of Thomas Stone in a 3A regional final, a week after Stone held off Westlake in OT, to survive and advance. The fourth seed Gladiators, making their 5th regional final in the last 7 years under Coach Bruce Shaffer, and 3rd in the last 4, held a 14-12 halftime lead, after two Cougars failed extra point conversions. Gladiators quarterback Tyler Reiff took a 3 yard run into the end zone with just over 3 minutes to go in the third quarter to make it 20-12. The Cougars gave themselves a chance to tie with just under 9 minutes remaining when Hezikiah Hawkins caught a 11 yard touchdown pass from Delonta Nannelly to cut the deficit to two, 20-18. Again, the Cougars failed to covert the 2 point conversion and the Gladiators held the lead. Shortly thereafter, Seth Taylor picked off Nannelly, and seven plays later, Reiff ran in another score to put it at 27-18 with 3:58 to go. Reiff finished with 3 TD, and junior running back Wande Owens, who had missed or missed for the most part of 5 games earlier in the season, ran for 120 yards on 27 carries and a score. The Cougars star back Hopeton Mair carried the ball 17 times for 192 yards and two scores. Notes; Shaffer has a 63-30 record in his 8 seasons at Glenelg, and his .677 winning percentage ranks 5th all-time (min. 50 games) among HoCo coaches, behind Howard's Bill Caudill, Wilde Lake's Doug DuVal, River Hill's Brian Van Deusen, and Howard's Bruce Strunk. Shaffer joins Strunk as 1 of 5 HoCo coaches to make 6 playoff appearances, behind DuVal (15), Van Deusen (14), and former Oakland Mills' coach Ken Hovet (7, my old roommate RIP). Shaffer also joined Strunk as 1 of 5 HoCo coaches to win 3 regional titles, trailing only DuVal and Van Deusen, who've both won 8, and former Oakland Mills' coach Ken Klock (4, my coach). Owens, despite an abbreviated season where he missed 4+ games, finished the season moving into the HoCo top 5 all-time in rushing yards, surpassing his brother, former Gladiator Tre Davis. Owens, who did pass former Howard Lion Gerald Smith (Penn St) for most carries all-time in the regional final, needs 750 rushing yards to surpass former River Hill Hawk Mike Campanaro's (Wake Forest, Ravens) 4,445 rushing yards, and just over 1,350 yards to top former Wilde Lake Wildcat Rafael Wall (Maryland), who finished with 5,095 rushing yards in his career. 46.) Franklin 38 Smyrna DE 28 > Week 3 - The Indians traveled to the 'First State' to take on the 2-time defending Delaware D1 champion Eagles, a week after getting shut out by DeMatha. The Indians quarterback platoon of junior Emmett Avery and Larry Smith was abbreviated to just Smith during this game, as Avery went down with an injury. The Indians took a 14-8 lead with a minute to go in the first half on a 37 yard TD pass from Smith to Sam Botchway. After a Indians field goal to begin the fourth, the Eagles Will Knight took the first play from scrimmage 73 yards to the house, scoring his second touchdown, and cutting the Indians lead to 17-14, with 11 minutes remaining. Following the Eagles counter, Smith found Assanti Kearney on the second play from scrimmage for a 58 yard score and a 24-14 lead. After the Indians blocked a punt, then scored, the Eagles took the kickoff back to make it 31-20 midway through the fourth. After the Indians held off an Eagles drive with under 5 to go, Smith hooked up with Kearney again, who scored his third touchdown of the game, to put the score to 38-20, and rendered the outcome between the out-of-state foes - academic. Smith threw for 10-15 for 194 yards and 3 TD, while Avery threw for 3-6 for 94 yards, with a TD to Kearney. Kearney caught 5 balls for 192 yards and 3 TD. Notes; The Eagles would go on to win their 3rd straight Delaware D1 state title, 30-27, avenging an opening week loss to Middletown (35-28). Meanwhile, the Indians would go on to win 3 straight, before dropping 2 straight games, to Milford Mill and Perry Hall, for the first time since 2010. It was the first time the Indians lost 2 league games since 2011, having won 49 of 50 league games dating back to that 2011 season, up until the loss to the Millers in week 7.
  2. Mid-way to the playoffs. 1.) Wise (5-0) - 36 years. Thats what the Pumas are scratching at. The defending back-to-back 4A champion Pumas are on a 33 game win streak and looking to become just the second team in MPSSAA history to complete a 3-peat in 4A, joining Bob Milloy's legendary Springbrook teams, who did it from '79-81. The Pumas have outscored their opponents 216-13, with 4 shutouts. They haven't given up any points on a sustained drive all season, as the two touchdowns they've given up were both 80+ yard scores, both to Calvert Hall. No #9 Flowers this year, or #24 Suitland, for that matter, but the Pumas will have two quick quizzes before their playoff march, when they host #21 Oxon Hill on 10/13, then #13 Eleanor Roosevelt the following week on 10/20. 12 different Pumas have recorded sacks, while the unit has caused 19 turnovers in 5 games. Florida St recruit AJ Lytton is a weapon offensively as a reciever, then mans the best secondary in the MPSSAA. 'Moo Moo' Oliver, who has scored 3 rushing TDs in each of the last 2 weeks, paces the Pumas running attack, while junior QB Quinton Williams has thrown for 582 yards and 10 touchdowns, against one interception, at a 62.5% completion rate. Joining Lytton on the imposing Pumas D are Demitri Morsell (Rutgers, Charlotte offers), Izzy Akojie (Old Dominion commit), junior cornerback Dennis Starks, who has 3 picks, including a game-clincher v Calvert Hall, and inside linebacker Chris Rhodes, who has 10 tackles for loss. 6'1 junior receiver/safety Isaiah Hazel adds to the Pumas potency, and has a dozen offers (Va Tech, West Virginia, U of MD among others), and is gaining even more. Coach DeLawn Parrish is in his 12th year at Wise, and has led the Pumas to a 83-11 record since 2010, culminating in a state title in three of those seasons. Now, he and the Pumas look to make history, and add their name once again to the books, this time hitting the elusive trifecta. 2.) Damascus (5-0) - They don't do vegan in Damascus. The Swarmin' Hornets, like the Pumas, are on a 33 game roll, and like the Pumas, are going for a 3-peat done only once before in their classification, with the Screamin' Eagles of Seneca Valley ('92-94) the only one to do it. Before the Hornets run, both River Hill and Franklin made back-to-back 3-peat attempts in '13 and '15, respectively. River Hill lost in the state semis to Linganore, 41-38, and the Indians lost to Dundalk in the regional final, 20-14. The Swarmin' Hornets have made a state record 19 consecutive playoff appearances, looking for the 20th to finish with a three piece. The Hornets have made the Top 25 in the Maryland High School Writers final poll 21 times in the 27 years of its existence, second to only DeMatha (27) in the state. Damascus has more top 10's than any other MPSSAA school, with 13. Damascus' 46 playoff wins rank 3rd all-time in the state, and its 9 state championships ties for 2nd most all-time, tied with Dunbar, trailing Seneca Valley by 3. Coach Eric Wallich, who follows such Hornets coaching legends as Al Thomas as Dave Makosy, has fit like a glove, with his Hornets vying for three straight, and while currently holding the 8th best win% in MPSSAA history (min. 100 games), with 109 wins and 27 losses, for a mark of .801. Wallich is 101-15 at Damascus. The Hornets have out-scored their opponents 231-30 this season, with no one coming close. They totally shut down #14 Sherwood, and routed #29 Blake. Rockville, Poolesville, and Magruder fared even worse, getting pummeled 154-6, collectively. Only top 50 opponent left is #42 Seneca Valley, who was trounced by Blake last week. Urbana transfer Gage Dickens leads the rushing attack, averaging 9.5 yards per carry, and has scored 13 TDs, in limited time and touches. Ayo Barojaiye has 7 rushing TDs, and averages 10.3 yards per carry. Those 20 TDs and 10 yards per carry couldn't have been done without the superior blocking of 6'4 277 Michael Jurgens, 6'3 235 Jordan Funk, and company. DE Brian Bresee, a transfer from Urbana, who stands at 6'5 265, is one of the nation's top recuits in the class of 2020. 3.) Walkersville (5-0) - 'Small Town, Big Dreams', thats what Walkersville is. Their Lions have fulfilled those dreams, winning the 2016 2A state championship, though a beast named Damascus is standing in the way of the pack this year. The Lions last loss was in the 2015 state championship v Patuxent, a game where they led 20-7, before losing 21-20, in the final minute. The Lions are averaging 58.6 points per game, and have outscored their 5 opponents, 293-16, this season. The Lions are coming off a thrashing of #11 Linganore, 40-10, last weekend. The Lions host #17 Oakdale on 10/27, then go to #30 Middletown on 11/3. Coach Joe Polce is in his 8th year at the helm for the Lions, and is 4 wins shy of his 100th career win, which includes 4 years at Urbana. Before the '15 runner-up finish, and state title last year, the Lions went 2-8 in '13, and 5-5 in '14. Jacob Wetzel, who had a dramatic 60 yard kick return with just over a minute to go in the final in '15 as a sophomore, and scored a TD in the final last year, is still around for his last hurrah. Wetzel ran for 187 yards on 18 carries, scoring 4 TDs v Linganore. Ty Littleton adds to the running attack, who himself had 92 yards on 20 carries, scoring a TD v Linganore. Christian Policelli, linebacker and fullback, is another Lions stalwart. Kicker Noah Skaler kicked a school record 9 XPs v Thomas Johnson.
  3. From the first article. [They were identified as students of the Gilman School and Roland Park Country School, in a joint statement from the schools. That photo was taken and captioned by a student of Mount Saint Joseph High School, the Baltimore Catholic school said in a statement late Monday.] Here goes the follow-up article, 8 days later, following the call for a rally, with the Roland Park and Gilman school communities feeling the need to come together to fight racism, particularily in their schools. Gilman's president-elect Mark Fetting stated, regarding racial unity at the school, "It's tough stuff, and we at Gilman have to catch up". Sounds like a work in progress.
  5. I suppose. He had expressed frustration when we were talking one time, about him not having the ability to publish the All-County teams when he otherwise could, due to formatting, or an order to the All-County teams. Did see the All-County golf team this week, one of my neices made it as a sophomore, LOL! Brent is a great asset, for both HoCo snd The Sun, and follows a short line of great reporters and writers that have followed the HoCo beat, such as Stan Ber, Rick Belz, and the recently deceased, Carol Gralia.
  6. Yea, both Milford Mill and Woodlawn handled Gerstell. I just hope the MIAA basketball talk on here doesn't continue the 23 month trend of negativity, comprised almost solely of talk of losing programs, like the football talk has come to. All you hear from their fans is about how bad the teams are all season. That game that you speak of doesn't sound competitive at all. Does Gilman have any thoughts of dropping to the 'B' or 'C' divisions in basketball, do you know?
  7. Do you think if it were not for that technical, Gilman would have won, instead of losing by 20 or so to 2-4 St Paul's?
  8. I don't know, I'm sticking with calling that matchup this season between the two the 'Timex Running Clock Bowl'.
  9. Gilman just lost to MIAA B St Paul's by 20? OMG! No wonder we didn't get a play-by-play. St Paul's was 2-4. I'll admit, like football, it's shaping up for another down season in the MIAA. As for Gilman, that would be their 4th loss in 5 games, 3 by 20 points or more. To be fair, after a lot of fan fare about Gilman hoops last year, they went 2-15 in their final 17 games. The CHC loss to Severn was another head-scratcher. Tough year for the MIAA. Thankfully, JC, SFA, and MSJ are decent.
  10. You are right, but the comedy content outweighs the buffoonery that accompanies it. After reading the headlines regarding the teams in the MIAA, and being informed of the 5-team tie-breaker, one could coin the new motto for the MIAA, 'Where losing is winning'! I've never seen so many 'handles' committed to talking about losing football.
  11. Unbelievable playoff action. Unfortunately for the MIAA this season, their playoffs were just semantics. One of the opponents in the final were outscored by 54 points in their 6 league games, narrowly avoiding an average of a double-digit loss per game. Where they do that at?
  12. Don't worry about it, every MIAA thread turns into talk about a 5-7 Gilman team, who has gone 7-16 over the last 2 seasons. This happens all the time. As for public/private, I've seen more private school games in both basketball and football than the dozen of handles on here pleading for others to join them in fawning over a league that was sub-par this season, by all measures.
  13. No, I know, I'm just toying with these kids. They hate facts.
  14. You make no sense. Just last week, you said Dunbar, who I have ranked 12th among publics, and the Writers poll didn't have ranked among the top 30 teams in the state week 10, including 18 public school teams, would be in the middle of the pack, which means grouped with the 5-pack of 3-3 teams. I agree. Now, lets stay consistent, for the sake of credibilty. You really don't know what you want to say, you just want to say something.
  15. Keep trying with all the handles, you may be able to sell it to some random.
  16. Partial, so what you are saying is the 3rd ranked private shut out the 36th ranked public, and the 4th ranked private beat the 5th ranked public (MD writers week 10 poll) by 1 point? I suppose that could be amazing in someone's world.
  17. You are correct, Ali Culpepper, as a junior, led the city in rushing with 1,821 yards. Thompson had a decent year, but didn't make 1st or 2nd team All-Met. GA has a history of exaggeration, or a struggle with real numbers. Its just not his thing. The numbers part. If you added up his Gilman totals this year, Madison should have 2,500 yards rushing, with the 300 yard game here, 200 yard game there. Reality has the very respectable mark at 105 per game. The public-private matchup back then was a mismatch if there ever was one. Backs were running through the majority of privates like Swiss cheese. Thompson ran for over 2,300 yards his senior year at MSJ. Of the 35 players named to the All-Met 1st team in '95, 29 were from public schools, just 6 from the privates. Of the 6, 2 were from St Pauls, 1 from John Carroll, and 3 between MSJ, Loyola, Gilman, Calvert Hall, and McDonogh. In other words, those 5 schools matched the total Oakland Mills (Conwell, Howard, Jones) placed on the 1st team, with my man Rosewag (tech teacher at Resi, and night principle at Homewood Center in HoCo) and Mellerson at MSJ, and Burch at Loyola. Rosewag and I have joked that he may not have even started at OM. HoCo had a double-digit amount of All-Mets that year. To put it in perspective, Oakland Mills, Hammond, Atholton, and Wilde Lake, were all ranked over McDonogh, Gilman, and Calvert Hall. Hell, Thompson's Forest Park team, at 5-5-1, were ranked over McDonogh, Gilman, and Calvert Hall. Oakland Mills and Hammond were ranked over Loyola, too. Good times.
  18. She is, well deserved. I've seen her around at the games, both football and basketball, for decades. I also have a deep appreciation for my friend Brent Kennedy, also at the Sun, and who led the HoCo Times sports section for years before getting a promotion at the Sun, earlier this year. Brent did a great job using social media to get HoCo students involved in games every day of every week, but even he understood that there was a time where we would get box scores for every game, with updated weekly stats in the Flier or HoCo Times. He's expressed his frustration to me on how he has to wait on publishing All-County teams because of online logistics. But, as we know, resources are tight, and space seems to be limited. I call it 'net neutralized'.
  19. I'll take your word for it. I appreciate that Kathleen Dunn is there to report on the games she chooses to get to. The detail and variety in which we could get high school football intel when we were younger may never be matched again, despite the rise of social media. Box scores and detail we had in the dailies back then make these days look like a 140 character, 120 team round-up. Its not just here or The Sun, its the sign of the times. The times being where an emoji has replaced the 9 paragraph-complete-with-box-score story.
  20. Truth be told, I couldn't tell you the top 5 teams in the Sun poll, or who's #2. I hope I know who #1 is. I really don't look at it, to be honest.
  21. Again, lets not make things up, its unbecoming. I haven't mentioned the Sun poll. I have no idea what you are talking about. Its obvious, in your frustration, you don't either.
  22. Is everyone you, GA, and SB? They seem to be the only others that have a problem dealing with facts. They also say 'we' and 'everyone' when they are trying to make a point that is obviously a struggle to make alone. Again, have a great day. While you have time, you might want to chime in on the All-Met v All-Met debate, they are lonely over there.
  23. Sorry to upset you like I do the other handles that monitor this forum 24 hours a day. I give it to you, in your brief time here, your post pace and passion for everyrhing MIAA is only matched by the GA and SB handles. I get it, its hard to juggle saying half of the MIAA teams are trash during the season, then come on later to state how great the league is once the frustration of your post-season subsides. Its a tough balancing act, and one where I see handles paint themselves in a corner all of the time. Have a great day, keep at it, you may convince some handle that the MIAA is head and shoulders above something. This debate seems to have come to a head.
  24. Thats exactly what I'm saying. The usual handles that come on to dispute anything and everything, have a problem when others offer a opinion that differs from theirs. Don't offer anything to back up your opinion, they (the usual handles) lose their minds. Can you imagine if this was flipped around? They'd split their wigs in frustration, and litter this forum witl all cap bulletins. Imagine putting forward some data of POY candidates, with the names and schools excluded. Nominee #1 averages 105 rushing yards per game, on 5.8 yards per carry, scoring 13 rushing TDs, while averaging a little less than 40 yards receiving per game, with 2 kick returns for a score, for a 5-7 team, that was outscored by 54 points in their league. Nominee #2 scored 35 touchdowns for the best team in the state, the undefeated league champion that outscored the team of the first nominee 94-7 over 2 games. This nominee not only scored 22 more TDs on the ground this season, but averaged 3 more yards per carry. Nominee #3 threw for 3,285 yards and 30 TDs, hitting on 65% of his passes for a 1 loss state champion. He also accounted for twice as many TDs and twice as many yards from scrimmage than the first nominee. Threw for 252 yards and 3 TDs in the state title game. Nominee #4 had 250 more yards rushing, with more than double the amount of rushing TDs than the first nominee, averaging 2 more yards per carry than the first nominee, averaging 20 yards per reception, with 3 kick returns for TDs, 120 v the top ranked team in the state, for a 12-1 team. Now, to bring this argument to an end, lets suppose Nominee #1 plays for a 5-7 SFA team, and Nominee #2, who rushed for 22 more TDs, at 3 yards better per carry, plays for a 12-0 Gilman team. Lets not be ridiculous. This buffoonery not only calls for a mic' drop, but an off-shore mic' drilling. The easiest decision for me in this scenerio would be to choose #4. Having said that, he'd be my 3rd back on the 1st team, behind nominees #2 and #4. Again B, its just one man's opinion. Don't let it rattle you.