We’ll have stories, photo galleries, videos and box scores from games around the area later tonight plus playoff analysis. But for now we offer you an early look at some notable games. Know of something significant that happened tonight? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.
●RIVER HILL HOLDS OFF ATHOLTON: Behind a dynamic rush attack and quarterback Austin Altman, undefeated No. 6 River Hill knocked off Atholton, 35-27, to secure the Maryland 3A East championship on Friday night.
Altman finished 10-for-13 with two touchdowns and 218 yards, including a 78-yard strike to Justin Arn that made it 21-7 in the third quarter. He also had one interception in the win.
The Raiders (10-2) had an early 7-6 lead, but the Hawks (12-0) scored 29 unanswered points as they cruised to their seventh regional title in the past eight years.
With the region title, River Hill will host Urbana in next week’s 3A semifinal.
●MEADE UPSETS OLD MILL: One week after taking down top-seeded Arundel, the Mustangs pulled out a 28-21 road win at No. 18 Old Mill to advance to the Maryland 4A semifinals.
●HYLTON BEATS BATTLEFIELD: After losing to Battlefield in their three previous playoff meetings, the Bulldogs finally turned the tables on the Bobcats. Their 19-7 win in Dumfries turned out the lights (literally) on the three-time defending AAA Northwest Region Division 6 champions.
●LOUDOUN COUNTY GETS REVENGE: Loudoun County leapt out to a 20-0 lead after one quarter and never trailed in a 30-21 victory over Tuscarora (10-2) in a Virginia AA Region II Division 4 semifinal.
Quarterback Jake Lokey was in command from the start, completing his first nine passes for 141 yards and two scores. He finished with 229 yards and three touchdown passes, two to Brad Szoka and another to Antonio Jackson. Though this marks their fourth playoff appearance in five seasons, this will be the Raiders’ first trip to the region final.
The Huskies didn’t go quietly at their home field, twice cutting the lead to six points after a dreadful start. Consecutive touchdown drives in the second quarter made it 20-14, and Noah Reimers, who rushed for 106 yards, scored his second touchdown with 10:58 left in the fourth quarter to trim it to 27-21.
Loudoun County responded with a 12-play drive that took more than six minutes off the clock and ended in a 20-yard field goal, giving them a two-score advantage. It marked a measure of revenge for the Raiders, who had lost their previous two meetings with the Huskies.
Mike Anderson intercepted two throws by Nick Azzarita, including one with 1:23 remaining in the game at the Raider 12 to turn back a Tuscarora rally. With the win, the Raiders avenged a 21-7 regular season home loss to their Leesburg rivals.
●BRIAR WOODS KEEPS ROLLING: The fifth-ranked Falcons extended their area-best winning streak to 26 games with a 42-14 win over Liberty in a Virginia AA Region II Division 4 final. Briar Woods will go for its third straight region crown next Friday when it hosts Loudoun County.
●STONE BRIDGE 33, LANGLEY 14: The No. 2 Bulldogs are still unbeaten as they head into yet another AAA Northern Region Division 5 final.
●URBANA 26, SENECA VALLEY 17: The fourth-seeded Hawks continued their string of upsets by knocing out the second-seeded Screamin’ Eagles in the Maryland 3A West final.
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