Weekend football report: Maryland
Monday, October 4, 2010; 6:20 PM
Moments after his team's 10-0 defeat of then-No. 7 River Hill on Friday, Atholton Coach Kyle Schmitt attempted to make a postgame speech. But Raiders fans, some of whom had rushed the field, drowned him out.
"He was trying to say stuff," said junior quarterback Brian McMahon, whose 4-yard touchdown run in the first quarter gave Atholton the lead for good. "Nobody really heard him though."
It was an emotional night for the Raiders, who snapped the Hawks' 46-game regular season winning streak by playing bruising defense. Curtis Pumphrey and Austin Tennessee each intercepted a pass and forced a fumble in the shutout, the first River Hill (4-1) has suffered since falling to Patuxent, 55-0, on Sept. 8, 2001.
"I really felt like we beat them up a little bit," Schmitt said.
McMahon doesn't normally play defense, but he made the game's biggest defensive play. Late in the third quarter, with Atholton (3-2) leading by 10 and facing a third-and-8 on the River Hill 10-yard line, McMahon tried to lob a screen pass to Adam D'Amico. The ball, however, was tipped at the line and intercepted by linebacker Max Williams, who Atholton defensive coordinator Jared Albert said was surrounded by "a convoy" of blockers. The streaking Williams made it all the way to the Raiders' 30 before McMahon tackled him.
"He kept cutting back and forth, I was just trying to find him," said McMahon, who completed 8 of 17 passes for 113 yards and rushed for 60 yards on 17 carries. "Then I jumped on his back."
D'Amico (10 tackles) halted River Hill's ensuing drive with an open-field stop on fourth-and-6.
"I was just kind of shocked we were able to pull off the upset," said McMahon, who's excited the Raiders are back in the Howard County race. "It's the biggest win I've ever been a part of. ... The (River Hill players) all looked really surprised, like they didn't know what to do."
Around the area
Linebacker Colin Kelly's interception late in the fourth quarter helped preserve Howard's 21-14 win over Reservoir (3-2) on Saturday. Ryan Dacus (18 carries, 100 yards) scored a pair of rushing touchdowns for the 4-1 Lions, who have won two straight after falling to Oakland Mills, 41-26, on Sept. 17. The Scorpions (3-2) have dropped two in a row since then, including Friday's 50-0 loss to Wilde Lake (4-1). ...
No. 8 Arundel (5-0) upped its average margin of victory to 34.2 points by beating Annapolis, 56-14, on Friday. Quarterback Nick Rosati (17 for 34, 231 yards, five TDs) leads the region in touchdown passes (16). ...
In Frederick, No. 19 Urbana (5-0) pounded Francis Scott Key, 49-0, to notch its fourth shutout in five tries. Quarterback Michael Spahr (7 for 8, 124 yards, 99.04 passer rating) threw four touchdown passes - all in the first half.
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