Weekend football report: Maryland
Prince George's report
The Patriots (3-0, 2-0 Prince George's 3A/2A/1A) had played the previous week without two of their best players and their coach.
Quarterback Sherrod Baltimore and wide receiver Navon Hobby missed Friendly's 16-6 victory over Largo on Sept. 11 while Prince George's schools officials investigated whether the players were properly enrolled at the Fort Washington school.
County director of athletics Earl Hawkins said that officials had received an anonymous complaint that the two players did not reside in Friendly's boundaries. However, school officials determined that the players belong at Friendly and are eligible to play, Hawkins said. During the investigation, however, Baltimore and Hobby were held out of the game against Largo to make sure that Friendly would not have to forfeit any games should they be deemed ineligible.
Back in action against Crossland, Baltimore threw four touchdown passes (three to Taylor Mathews and one to Hobby) and ran for a pair of two-point conversions.
"He played well, he had a good game," Friendly Coach Peter Quaweay said. "He also had a couple really big hits [from his cornerback position] on defense. He played some wide receiver, some quarterback. We put him everywhere. He's one of our better athletes. We try to get the ball in his hands as much as possible."
Baltimore completed 6 of 11 passes for 127 yards with one interception. He also rushed four times for 38 yards and had a 20-yard catch. He hold several division I-AA scholarship offers and is getting attention from some I-A programs.
Quaweay was happy to have Baltimore and Hobby back on the field. Like the players, Quaweay missed the Largo game - he had been ejected from the teams' junior varsity game the same morning and incorrectly was told he had to sit out the teams' varsity game by school officials, according to Hawkins. Hawkins said that a player or coach ejected from a junior varsity game is suspended from the following junior varsity game, not the varsity.
"That's water under the bridge now," Quaweay said. "Hopefully it won't happen again."
Around Prince George's
Douglass quarterback Taitor Reynolds returned from knee and ankle injuries, but it was the special teams that delivered again. Josef Hinnant's 70-yard punt return for a touchdown broke a tie in the second quarter as the Eagles beat Paul VI Catholic, 24-6. Douglass has four special teams touchdowns this season. ...
Ronald Darby rushed 12 times for 214 yards and four touchdowns and returned an interception for a fifth score as Potomac (Md.) beat Largo, 40-6. ... Juanzel Harris returned a pair of fumbles for touchdowns as Gwynn Park beat Surrattsville, 44-0. ... Kwasi Washington passed for 130 yards and threw touchdown passes to three different receivers in Forestville's 42-6 victory over Riverdale Baptist.
Competition for quarterback at Bethesda-Chevy Chase this year had a pretty cut-and-dried line of expectation.