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.
●DAMASCUS LOSES: The fifth-ranked Hornets' season came to an abrupt end on Friday as Urbana came away with a 24-23 overtime victory in a Maryland 3A West region semifinal. Damascus, who finished the regular season at a perfect 10-0, scored on its only offensive play in overtime before converting the extra point. Urbana responded with a touchdown of their own and completed the upset with a gutsy play action pass on the ensuing two point conversion.
Urbana, which converted two point conversions after all three of its touchdowns, took an 8-0 lead into halftime and doubled its advantage early on in the third quarter. Damascus scored late in the third to make it 16-8 before tying the game up with less than two minutes remaining.
Damascus, whose 23 points were their second lowest output of the season, was the top seed in the Maryland 3A West playoffs. Urbana will face Seneca Valley in next weekend's regional championship.
●MEADE SHOCKS ARUNDEL: The Wildcats finished the regular season a perfect 10-0, but faltered in their Maryland 4A East region semifinal against the Mustangs (9-2), losing 36-28. Arundel won a Sept. 14 matchup between the teams, 40-8. Friday was a different story.
●NORTHWEST ADVANCES: Matty Callahan threw for 304 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score to lift Northwest to a 34-7 win over Churchill Friday night in Germantown.
Northwest will meet Quince Orchard in next week’s Maryland 4A West region final.
Tyler Ambush accounted for over 100 yards of total offense and added two touchdowns for the Jaguars (8-3) who scored on their first three possessions and forced six Churchill turnovers.
One of those takeaways came courtesy of Ambush, who snuck up from his cornerback post to strip a Bulldog runner in the flat late in the second quarter, with the Jaguars leading 20-7. He recovered the fumble, and two plays later, scored from eight yards out to give Northwest a commanding lead.
Callahan, who completed 24 of 32 passing, ran a one-yard sneak in the middle of the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 34-7.
Jonathan Lee registered 160 yards of total offense to lead Churchill, which finished its season at 7-4.
●SOUTH COUNTY WINS: South County blocked two field goals in the first half and a punt in the fourth quarter, the latter of which set up the winning touchdown in a 19-14 victory at Madison in the first round of the Virginia AAA Northern Region Division 5 playoffs.
Senior Oren Burks blocked one of the field goals and then the punt that junior Michael Gibson recovered at the Madison 10-yard line with 7 minutes 28 seconds left in the game.
Two plays later, South County junior quarterback David Symmes connected with sophomore Kevin Quigley for a five-yard touchdown.
In the first half, Madison senior Mitchell Goddard threw to senior Tom House for two touchdowns that gave the Warhawks (8-3) a 14-9 lead that stood until the fourth quarter.
●OLD MILL TOPS SOUTH RIVER: A week after dropping its regular season finale against South River, Old Mill beat the Seahawks 21-7 in the first round of the Maryland 4A East region playoffs at home Friday night.
The Patriots earned the victory on the back of a strong rushing attack, led by running back Shawn Brown’s 225 yards and two touchdowns, along with a stingy defense that held South River’s potent offense to its second-lowest point total of the season.
Seahawks quarterback Connor Cox, who threw for 222 yards and four touchdowns a week ago, completed just 11 of 35 passes Friday and was picked off twice by Patriot defenders. Cox’s favorite target, wide receiver Eric Young, caught just three passes for 55 yards and was held out of the end zone for just the second time this season.
Behind Brown, Patriots running back Raykwon Young had 154 total yards, 72 on the ground and 82 through the air, and a touchdown. Old Mill quarterback Brady Ludwig completed 4 of 7 passes for 91 yards and a touchdown.
●CENTREVILLE TRIUMPHS: Xavier Nickens-Yzer stole the show Friday, rushing for 120 yards and one touchdown and returning a kickoff 99 yards for another score to help Centreville beat West Potomac, 28-11, in the first round of the Virginia AAA Northern Region Division 6 playoffs in Clifton.
Entering the contest, all eyes were on prolific rushers Demornay Pierson-el of West Potomac and Centreville’s A.J. Turner but Nickens-Yzer made everyone take notice by making the most of his opportunities.
After Centreville went up 7-0 early in the second quarter on a 15-yard touchdown catch by David Liddle, Nickens-Yzer took his second carry of the night 60 yards to set up an A.J. Turner score from five yards out.
Two touches later, Nickens-Yzer deflated West Potomac to start the second half, returning the kickoff 99 yards to put Centreville up 21-0 and the game out of reach.
West Potomac’s offense stalled most of the night, as Pierson-el struggled to find holes against Centreville’s stingy defense. The junior finished with 121 rushing yards in the losing effort, as Centreville avenged an early-season loss to the Wolverines.