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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.

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4.) Quince Orchard (4-1) - The Cougars have finished as 4A runner-up in 3 of the last 6 seasons, including last year, losing to Wise, 42-7. The Cougars have won the state title twice, in '91 and '97. The Cougars have made 13 straight playoff appearances, the 5th longest current streak in the MPSSAA.

This year, the Cougars lost a wild 42-41 overtime game to Bullis, while out-scoring their other 4 opponents to the tune of 205-21. The Cougars smashed BCC, 55-6, beat Blair at Blair, 34-7, trumped Clarksburg 63-6, and Kennedy, 53-0.

The Cougars host top 25 Paint Branch this week, and host arch rival Northwest 10/27 at the Cougar Dome.

In 4 of the last 5 seasons, the Cougars have faced Northwest in the regional final, with the Cougars winning in '12, and Northwest winning 3 straight from '13-15. In the last 10 overall games between the two, its split at 5 a piece.

Senior quarterback Doc Bonner runs the show for the Cougars, and has thrown 53-79 for 958 yards, with 9 touchdowns and 1 interception. Bonner has also rushed for 8 touchdowns. Bonner went 17-21 for 285 yards, while throwing for 2 TDs and rushing for 2 TDs v Bullis.

Sophomore Marquez Cooper has 6 rushing TDs, and had 82 yards on 11 carries v Bullis, with a TD. Junior reciever Brendan McGonagle has 5 TDs, and is averaging 23.6 yards per reception.

Coach Mike Kelly is 36-8 in his 4th year at QO. Northwest benefited from a strong transfer class, hailing from DeMatha, Collegiate Friendship, Middletown, and Springbrook.

 

5.) North Point (5-0) - They say foundations for championships are layed in August. For the Eagles, that meant scrimmaging a 4-time defending champion in Fort Hill, at Greenway. Despite having some issues with the Sentinels Wing T, the Eagles left Western Maryland with flying colors, leaving an impression on the hosts and their savvy fans.

Jermichael Jones & Co. tore through the Sentinels secondary, and showed the big play ability that they've continued with through the first 5 weeks.

The Eagles started the season with a bang, shutting out Old Mill, 42-0, and beating the Patriots in convincing fashion. The Eagles also shut out top 30 Westlake. The Eagles go to #19 Northern on 10/27, and host #20 Chopticon in the finale, 11/3.

Jones, a senior, came into the season having thrown 204-353 for 4,003 yards and 40 touchdowns. He's now on pace to finish with over 5,500 passing yards, 2,500 rushing yards, 50 passing touchdowns, and 30 rushing touchdowns.

6'6 300 Rasheed Walker holds over 50 offers, while junior Malik Lawrence (7 TDs) and Chelen Gaines (6 TDs) are the Eagles playmakers. 6'1 210 Infiniti Stokes has 6 tackles for loss, and 4 sacks. Backup QB Asa Williams has thrown for 5 TDs.

The Eagles are looking to become the first SMAC team, and the first from either Charles or Calvert County team to win a 4A state title. The Eagles post-season history is limited to the last 9 years, where they've advanced to the post-season 7 times, winning 1 game.

 

6.) Howard (5-0) - The Lions are having a string not seen from them in 40 years, when the Lions went undefeated in '72 and '73, winning the District V titles both seasons (pre-MPSSAA), then winning an inaugural state championship in '74, before setting a state record with a 47 game win streak, since broken by Urbana.

The Lions have won 3 straight regional championships, and have been eliminated by defending back-to-back state champion Wise in each of the last 2 seasons. The Lions have won 38 of 39 v HoCo rivals.

The Lions shutout Glenelg, 34-0, opening week.  Since, the Lions have ripped through Marriotts Ridge, Mount Hebron, Reservoir, and Wilde Lake. No River Hill (5-0) for Howard this year, but they do go to arch rival Long Reach this weekend, just in time for the Lightning Homecoming.

The Lions have out-scored their opponents 124-3 in 5 first halves this season.

Junior halfback Devin Dawkins has scored 38 touchdowns in his 17 starts, surpassing 3,000 total yards. This season, Dawkins should finish the season as the 2nd all-time rusher in Lions history, behind Lions legend Gerald Smith (Penn St). 1,809 rushing yards this season would break Smith's record, and put the HoCo all-time career rushing record of former Terrapin Rafael Wall (WL '88-90 5,095 yards) on the clock.

Quarterback Robby Porter, who threw 17 TDs last season, is on pace to break the Lions career passing records in completions, yards, and TDs.

Coach Ross Hannon is in his first year at Howard, following a very successful run behind Bruce Strunk, who stepped down following last season.

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7 minutes ago, themamba said:

4.) Quince Orchard (4-1) - The Cougars have finished as 4A runner-up in 3 of the last 6 seasons, including last year, losing to Wise, 42-7. The Cougars have won the state title twice, in '91 and '97. The Cougars have made 13 straight playoff appearances, the 5th longest current streak in the MPSSAA.

This year, the Cougars lost a wild 42-41 overtime game to Bullis, while out-scoring their other 4 opponents to the tune of 205-21. The Cougars smashed BCC, 55-6, beat Blair at Blair, 34-7, trumped Clarksburg 63-6, and Kennedy, 53-0.

The Cougars host top 25 Paint Branch this week, and host arch rival Northwest 10/27 at the Cougar Dome.

In 4 of the last 5 seasons, the Cougars have faced Northwest in the regional final, with the Cougars winning in '12, and Northwest winning 3 straight from '13-15. In the last 10 overall games between the two, its split at 5 a piece.

Senior quarterback Doc Bonner runs the show for the Cougars, and has thrown 53-79 for 958 yards, with 9 touchdowns and 1 interception. Bonner has also rushed for 8 touchdowns. Bonner went 17-21 for 285 yards, while throwing for 2 TDs and rushing for 2 TDs v Bullis.

Sophomore Marquez Cooper has 6 rushing TDs, and had 82 yards on 11 carries v Bullis, with a TD. Junior reciever Brendan McGonagle has 5 TDs, and is averaging 23.6 yards per reception.

Coach Mike Kelley is 36-8 in his 4th year at QO. Northwest benefited from a strong transfer class, hailing from DeMatha, Collegiate Friendship, Middletown, and Springbrook.

 

5.) North Point (5-0) - They say foundations for championships are layed in August. For the Eagles, that meant scrimmaging a 4-time defending champion in Fort Hill, at Greenway. Despite having some issues with the Sentinels Wing T, the Eagles left Western Maryland with flying colors, leaving an impression on the hosts and their savvy fans.

Jermichael Jones & Co. tore through the Sentinels secondary, and showed the big play ability that they've continued with through the first 5 weeks.

The Eagles started the season with a bang, shutting out Old Mill, 42-0, and beating the Patriots in convincing fashion. The Eagles also shut out top 30 Westlake. The Eagles go to #19 Northern on 10/27, and host #20 Chopticon in the finale, 11/3.

Jones, a senior, came into the season having thrown 204-353 for 4,003 yards and 40 touchdowns. He's now on pace to finish with over 5,500 passing yards, 2,500 rushing yards, 50 passing touchdowns, and 30 rushing touchdowns.

6'6 300 Rasheed Walker holds over 50 offers, while junior Malik Lawrence (7 TDs) and Chelen Gaines (6 TDs) are the Eagles playmakers. 6'1 210 Infiniti Stokes has 6 tackles for loss, and 4 sacks. Backup QB Asa Williams has thrown for 5 TDs.

The Eagles are looking to become the first SMAC team, and the first from either Charles or Calvert County team to win a 4A state title. The Eagles post-season history is limited to the last 9 years, where they've advanced to the post-season 7 times, winning 1 game.

 

6.) Howard (5-0) - The Lions are having a string not seen from them in 40 years, when the Lions went undefeated in '72 and '73, winning the District V titles both seasons (pre-MPSSAA), then winning an inaugural state championship in '74, before setting a state record with a 47 game win streak, since broken by Urbana.

The Lions have won 3 straight regional championships, and have been eliminated by defending back-to-back state champion Wise in each of the last 2 seasons. The Lions have won 38 of 39 v HoCo rivals.

The Lions shutout Glenelg, 34-0, opening week.  Since, the Lions have ripped through Marriotts Ridge, Mount Hebron, Reservoir, and Wilde Lake. No River Hill (5-0) for Howard this year, but they do go to arch rival Long Reach this weekend, just in time for the Lightning Homecoming.

The Lions have out-scored their opponents 124-3 in 5 first halves this season.

Junior halfback Devin Dawkins has scored 38 touchdowns in his 17 starts, surpassing 3,000 total yards. This season, Dawkins should finish the season as the 2nd all-time rusher in Lions history, behind Lions legend Gerald Smith (Penn St). 1,809 rushing yards this season would break Smith's record, and put the HoCo all-time career rushing record of former Terrapin Rafael Wall (WL '88-90 5,095 yards) on the clock.

Quarterback Robby Porter, who threw 17 TDs last season, is on pace to break the Lions career passing records in completions, yards, and TDs.

Coach Ross Hannon is in his first year at Howard, following a very successful run behind Bruce Strunk, who stepped down following last season.

QOs coaches name is John Kelly played on those late 90s Seneca Valley teams with his brother Chris. Doc Bonner is a Gonzaga transfer. 

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Chris was real nice. Thanks for reminding me of the no e in Kelly.

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Just now, themamba said:

Chris was real nice. Thanks for reminding me of no e in Kelly.

Chris was one of the best high school football players I have ever seen. WAPO All Met as middle linebacker his Junior year, and All Met QB his senior year. Talk about a football player. 

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No doubt. I have a lot of lists, but I don't have an all-time MPSSAA team, but he's on it when I do. In fact, he's on my short list of greatest MPSSAA players of all-time.

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Great write up.  Just one correction, Brian Bresee is 260-270 pounds.  He was weighed in officially at the Nike Opening at 260.

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Thanks, i had to see what I put. I meant to put 255, thanks for the update.

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North Point is and will be the best team that entered Greenway Avenue Stadium in Cumberland this year. :) 

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7.) Franklin (4-1) - Coach Anthony Burgos has built the Indians program into a jauggernaut, making the playoffs 11 straight times (tied, 5th longest current streak), won 39 of 40 v BalCo competion, won 3 regional championships, and won a pair of state championships.

This season, the Indians have out-scored their three MPSSAA opponents - Woodlawn, Kenwood, @ Dundalk, 134-2. The Indians suffered an opening week loss to DeMatha, 39-0. The tribe also has a 38-28 win over Smyrna DE.

The Indians go to Milford Mill 10/14, and host Perry Hall 10/20.

The Indians defense hasn't given up a point v the three BalCo teams they've played. 

The Indians quarterbacks, Larry Smith and Calvert Hall transfer Everett Avery, have combined for 57-95 for 793 yards, with 11 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. 15 different Indians have a reception. Sam Botchway headlines the running attack.

Jayden Watson has 9 tackles for loss and 9 sacks. Junior Robert Garrett, junior linebacker Jay Thompson, and MSJ transfer linebacker Frankie Stevend bolster the D.

 

8.) Fort Hill (5-0) - The Sentinals are on the verge to doing something that has never been done before - win 5 straight state championships. Urbana ('98-01) is the only other team to win 4 straight. The Sentinels set a school record last week, winning their 30th consecitive game.

The Sentinels rank 2nd all-time in MPSSAA history in playoff wins, with 48. Fort Hill has won 23 regional championships, most in MPSSAA history. The Sentinels have clinched a playoff berth in 14 straight seasons.

Coach Todd Appel, in his 10th season, has the highest winning percentage in MPSSAA history, at .900 (108-12). The Sentinels last loss to a MPSSAA team was in November of 2012, to Brunswick.

The Sentinels have out-scored their opponents 249-30 in 4 games, and are averaging 62.3 points per game, #1 in the state.

Troy Banks has scored 11 TDs in 4 games, and is averaging 10.6 yards per carry. Brayden Poling adds to the firepower. Kicker Danny Cox has hit 33 of 34 XPs, and banged a 45 yard field goal.

Fort Hill finishes the regular season, and likely the regional, with its foil, the Campers of Allegany. The Sentinels have won 10 straight over the Campers, with its last loss to its arch rival occuring back in November of '09.

 

9.) Flowers (5-0) - The Jaguars haven't won or shared the league title since '06, when they shared the county title with state champion Suitland.

For that to happen again this season, the Jags need not beat Wise, who they do not play. They can share, if they both win out. However, to go through the 4A East, they'll in all liklihood have to beat the Pumas.

In 2013, the Jags started out 7-0, before losing their final four, including the opening round of the playoffs. 

The Jags are the only MPSSAA team to have two top 20 wins, beating Eleanor Roosevelt, 25-19, and Gwynn Park, 14-7.

The Jags held Eleanor Roosevelt's leading rusher Elisha McDonald to 100 yards less than what he's averaged v his other 4 opponents this season. The Jaguars held Gwynn Park to 90 yards of total offense.

The Jaguars host top 25 Suitland on 10/21, and go to top 20 Douglass the following week, 10/28. No Wise for Flowers this year.

6'3 255 Jamrie Kromah (Old Dominion commit) anchors the Jags stingy D. QB Julius Duvall threw for 168 yards and 3 TDs v Eleanor Roosevelt.

 

10.) Broadneck (5-0) Coach Rob Harris' Bruins are averaging 46 points per game, and have outscored opponents, 230-57.

The Bruins most impressive win thus far is a 45-9 victory over Arundel.

The Bruins have finished in the top 25 in the Maryland High School Writers poll 11 times.

The Bruins face Old Mill this week on the road. Since their opening week drubbing by Gwynn Park, the Patriots have won 4 straight.

QB Shawn Harris has had a great year, throwing for 22-26 for 352 yards and 5 TDs v Severna Park, 17-28 for 254 and 3 v Arundel, and 313 yards and 4 TDs v Northeast.

Jason Carcamo, who rushed for 1200+ yards in '16, ran for 217 yards and 2 TDs v Arundel. WR Ethon Williams, who had 50 catches and 10 TDs in '16, and has an offer from West Virginia, among others,had 8 catches for 154 yards and 2 TDs v Arundel.

6'3 240 Noah Genovese is recieving Ivy interest. 6'6 315 OL Carlos Shepard paves the way. WR Seth Campbell, a transfer from Old Mill, gives Harris another weapon on the outside. The defense has 7 3-year players.

 

 

 

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30 minutes ago, MCsoccerplex said:

North Point is and will be the best team that entered Greenway Avenue Stadium in Cumberland this year. :) 

Hence, savvy fans.

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This isn't fantastic. Great job snake!

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A few minor corrections related to FH's kickers. Senior Ryan Hipp kicks XPs for the Sentinels, and he has been all-but perfect this season.  Sophomore Danny King is the one who kicked the 45 yard FG. King also has the kickoff duties and has a minimum of 15 touch backs this season. As good as the offense and the kickers are, FH's defense is rock solid.

Thanks for your efforts. mamba!

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1 minute ago, MCsoccerplex said:

A few minor corrections related to FH's kickers. Senior Ryan Hipp kicks XPs for the Sentinels. Sophomore Danny King is the one who kicked the 45 yard FG. King also has the kickoff duties and has a minimum of 15 touch backs. As good as the offense and the kickers are, FH's defense is rock solid.

Thanks for your efforts. mamba!

Cool MC.....but I'm betting the farm AlCo ends it all for you this season.  You want any farm land?  :)

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23 minutes ago, DayWalker said:

Cool MC.....but I'm betting the farm AlCo ends it all for you this season.  You want any farm land?  :)

Not a betting person, but the next three weeks will speak volumes about both teams, especially for Allegany. 

Should Allegany enter Homecoming weekend at 8-1? Yes, but if not careful their record could be 7-2 or 6-3. Keyser (WV), the last team to beat FH, is 4-1 with the only loss coming from FH 59-0. Keyser has an outstanding QB and hard-nose football player in Brady Ours (son of former WVU/NFL/Arena player Wes Ours). They have gotten much better since week #2. Southern and Northern from Garrett County could challenge the Campers, too (currently 4-1 and 4-0).

FH's defense is very, very good.  On the other hand, the Campers have given up mega-points this season.

Then again, throw the records out the window when both teams play.

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On 10/2/2017 at 10:13 PM, themamba said:

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 #13 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.

to be continued.....

Interesting fact about Damascus, is the number of Alum on the coaching staff, including HC Wallich, DC Bucky Clipper, OL Billy Burns, WR/DB Greg Frazier, QB Connor Frazier, and D Asst Joe Strichfield.   

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2 hours ago, Oldtime said:

Interesting fact about Damascus, is the number of Alum on the coaching staff, including HC Wallich, DC Bucky Clipper, OL Billy Burns, WR/DB Greg Frazier, QB Connor Frazier, and D Asst Joe Strichfield.   

Oldtime, alums, many of them, on coaching staffs around the state is quite normal and not an exceptional interesting fact.  I've wanted to coach at Fort Hill forever but unless you a Sentinel class of whatever, forget it!!!!  Is it that way at Dam?  Hell, I think Middletown has a head coach I swear I saw play in a state title game for them just a couple years ago.

Anyway, MCsocks, what ever happened with former Fort Hill player turned Sentinels coach Jordan Helmich, speaking of alum coaches?  And wasn't he on the same FH team with now FH coach Scott Rice and around the time former Sentinel player Todd Appel then was a FH assistant coach just before he became head coach, circa 2008/9ish?

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6 hours ago, DayWalker said:

Oldtime, alums, many of them, on coaching staffs around the state is quite normal and not an exceptional interesting fact.  I've wanted to coach at Fort Hill forever but unless you a Sentinel class of whatever, forget it!!!!  Is it that way at Dam?  Hell, I think Middletown has a head coach I swear I saw play in a state title game for them just a couple years ago.

Anyway, MCsocks, what ever happened with former Fort Hill player turned Sentinels coach Jordan Helmich, speaking of alum coaches?  And wasn't he on the same FH team with now FH coach Scott Rice and around the time former Sentinel player Todd Appel then was a FH assistant coach just before he became head coach, circa 2008/9ish?

From a reliable source, Coach H. is working at the Pentagon as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer.

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11.) Northwest (4-1) - The Jaguars were out-classed by Good Counsel this weekend, 58-21, but look to their 6th straight playoff appearance, despite the loss to the private super power.

After back-to-back state championships in '13 and '14, the Jaguars lost to Wise, 37-15, in the state semifinal, the Pumas 2nd closest win that season. Last year, Northwest was bumped from the post-season in round 1, losing to the Rockets of Richard Montgomery, 28-13, after beating them, 46-13, several weeks earlier.

The Jaguars have a 31-6 win over Seneca Valley. The annual showdown with Quince Orchard will take place at the Cougar Dome, with a likely second meeting's site to be determined.

Northwest has won the last 3 regional finals v Quince Orchard, in 3 straight years, from '13-15.

Jawon Farri has scored 13 touchdowns and averages 10 yards per carry (67-667). Isaiah Bishop has 4 sacks.

 

12.) Linganore (4-1) - The Lancers are coming off of a big loss to #3 Walkersville, 40-10, but hold a 50-28 win over Westminster, and pounced Curley, Edgewood, and Thomas Johnson, 141-6.

The Lancers still face some tough tests ahead, before November. The Lancers travel to #14 Oakdale this weekend, go to #30 Middletown on 10/21, and host Tuscarora on 10/27.

The 5-time state champion Lancers were eliminated by Damascus, 21-7, last year. The Lancers 15 top 25 appearances in the Maryland High School Football Wriers final poll ranks third in the MPSSAA, behind only Damascus (21) and Seneca Valley (20).

Davon Butler, a sophomore, takes over from his brother Dante, who was voted Frederick County Player of the Year last season. Davon gained 527 yards and scored 7 touchdowns as a freshman.

Sophomore quarterback Ryan Leyh replaced Nate Musselman at quarterback. Only 2 defensive starters returned from last year. 

 

13.) Eleanor Roosevelt (4-1) - The Raiders lost to #9 Flowers, 25-19. Otherwise, the Raiders have steamrolled their competition, outscoring Bladensburg, Pallotti, Central, and Suŕattsville, 152-21, 92-0 in the first half.

The Raiders travel to #1 Wise on 10/20, host #21 Oxon Hill on 10/27, and Potomac on 11/3.

The Raiders have made the playoffs in 8 of the last 9 years, 12 of the last 14, but haven't won a regional title since '03.

6'4 senior QB Jaden Faulkner is the catalyst, and rushed for 203 yards and 3 TDs v Pallotti. Elisha McDonald has 53 carries for 613 yards (10.6 ypc) and 7 touchdowns. 6'1 200 safety Raymond Boone is a Maryland commit.

 

14.) Sherwood (5-0) - The Warriors lost Mayland Gatorade Player of the Year Travis Levy (Boston College), but have held strong, thumping Magruder (43-0), @ Einstein (21-0), and Wheaton (43-0), and hold a solid win over Richard Montgomery, 42-18, with a loss to #2 Damascus, 42-7.

Outside of the Damascus game, the Warriors have allowed just 18 points in 4 games, with 3 shutouts.

The Warriors go to Blair this weekend, and host top 25 Paint Branch 10/20.

The Warriors rank 8th all-time in MPSSAA history with 29 playoff wins, though they haven't won a regional since '09.

 

15.) North Caroline (5-0) - The Bulldogs are dominating foes, outscoring their opponents, 238-25, 190-6 in the first half. For those of you scoring at home, average halftime score - 38 to 1.2.

The Dawgs face currently undefeated Kent Island at home, on 10/27.

The Bulldogs have won only one regional title ever, in '15, when they lost to Walkersville, 17-15, in the state semifinal, watching a Lions game-winning FG go through the uprights with 6 seconds to go.

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13 hours ago, Oldtime said:

Great write ups Mamba. 

Thank you.

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21 hours ago, GDEF said:

This isn't fantastic. Great job snake!

Thanks! I think.

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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, 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 ('12, '15, '16). Now, he and the Pumas look to make history, and add their name once again to the record 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 Football 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 outscored 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.

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4.) Quince Orchard (4-1) - The Cougars have finished as 4A runner-up in 3 of the last 6 seasons, including last year, losing to Wise, 42-7. The Cougars have won the state title twice, in '91 and '97. The Cougars have made 13 straight playoff appearances, the 5th longest current streak in the MPSSAA.

This year, the Cougars lost a wild 42-41 overtime game to Bullis, while out-scoring their other 4 opponents to the tune of 205-21. The Cougars smashed BCC, 55-6, beat Blair at Blair, 34-7, trumped Clarksburg 63-6, and Kennedy, 53-0.

The Cougars host top 25 Paint Branch this week, and host arch rival #11 Northwest 10/27 at the Cougar Dome.

In 4 of the last 5 seasons, the Cougars have faced Northwest in the regional final, with the Cougars winning in '12, and Northwest winning 3 straight from '13-15. In the last 10 overall games between the two, its split at 5 a piece.

Senior quarterback Doc Bonner runs the show for the Cougars, and has thrown 53-79 for 958 yards, with 9 touchdowns and 1 interception. Bonner has also rushed for 8 touchdowns. Bonner went 17-21 for 285 yards, while throwing for 2 TDs and rushing for 2 TDs v Bullis.

Sophomore Marquez Cooper has 6 rushing TDs, and had 82 yards on 11 carries v Bullis, with a TD. Junior reciever Brendan McGonagle has 5 TDs, and is averaging 23.6 yards per reception.

Coach Mike Kelly is 36-8 in his 4th year at QO. Northwest benefited from a strong transfer class, hailing from DeMatha, Collegiate Friendship, Middletown, and Springbrook.

 

5.) North Point (5-0) - They say foundations for championships are layed in August. For the Eagles, that meant scrimmaging a 4-time defending champion in Fort Hill, at Greenway. Despite having some issues with the Sentinels Wing T, the Eagles left Western Maryland with flying colors, leaving an impression on the hosts and their savvy fans.

Jermichael Jones & Co. tore through the Sentinels secondary, and showed the big play ability that they've continued with through the first 5 weeks.

The Eagles started the season with a bang, shutting out Old Mill, 42-0, and beating the Patriots in convincing fashion. The Eagles also shut out top 30 Westlake. The Eagles go to #19 Northern on 10/27, and host #20 Chopticon in the finale, 11/3.

Jones, a senior, came into the season having thrown 204-353 for 4,003 yards and 40 touchdowns. He's now on pace to finish with over 5,500 passing yards, 2,500 rushing yards, 50 passing touchdowns, and 30 rushing touchdowns.

6'6 300 Rasheed Walker holds over 50 offers, while junior Malik Lawrence (7 TDs) and Chelen Gaines (6 TDs) are the Eagles playmakers. 6'1 210 Infiniti Stokes has 6 tackles for loss, and 4 sacks. Backup QB Asa Williams has thrown for 5 TDs.

The Eagles are looking to become the first SMAC team, and the first from either Charles or Calvert County team to win a 4A state title. The Eagles post-season history is limited to the last 9 years, where they've advanced to the post-season 7 times, winning 1 game.

 

6.) Howard (5-0) - The Lions are having a string not seen from them in 40 years, when the Lions went undefeated in '72 and '73, winning the District V titles both seasons (pre-MPSSAA), then winning an inaugural state championship in '74, before setting a state record with a 47 game win streak, since broken by Urbana.

The Lions have won 3 straight regional championships, and have been eliminated by defending back-to-back state champion Wise in each of the last 2 seasons. The Lions have won 38 of 39 v HoCo rivals.

The Lions shutout Glenelg, 34-0, opening week.  Since, the Lions have ripped through Marriotts Ridge, Mount Hebron, Reservoir, and Wilde Lake. No River Hill (5-0) for Howard this year, but they do go to arch rival Long Reach this weekend, just in time for the Lightning Homecoming.

The Lions have out-scored their opponents 124-3 in 5 first halves this season.

Junior halfback Devin Dawkins has scored 38 touchdowns in his 17 starts, surpassing 3,000 total yards. This season, Dawkins should finish the season as the 2nd all-time rusher in Lions history, behind Lions legend Gerald Smith (Penn St). 1,809 rushing yards this season would break Smith's record, and put the HoCo all-time career rushing record of former Terrapin Rafael Wall (WL '88-90 5,095 yards) on the clock.

Quarterback Robby Porter, who threw 17 TDs last season, is on pace to break the Lions career passing records in completions, yards, and TDs.

Coach Ross Hannon is in his first year at Howard, following a very successful run behind Bruce Strunk, who stepped down following last season.

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