TOP THREE GAMES OF 1999
* Westlake 25, Calvert 22 (2 OT)
The host Wolverines fell behind, 22-0, in the first half, but closed the gap to 22-8 with a one-yard run by Recardo Evans late in the second quarter. That was still the score as the fourth quarter began, but Westlake tied the game on a five-yard run by Evans and an eight-yard run by Gonzie Gray. Westlake PK Robbie Paskevich converted a 27-yard field goal in the second overtime period to cap off the dramatic come-from-behind victory.
* Chopticon 26, Westlake 25
The Braves rallied from a 13-point deficit to become the first SMAC team since Oct. 17, 1997, to knock off the Wolverines. QB Jamar Mason and WR Jamie Byroads connected on five passes for 99 yards, a touchdown and a two-point conversion--all in the first half--to give Chopticon a 20-19 lead at the break. Chopticon took a 26-19 lead on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Mason to Marcus Estep in the third quarter, and Braves DL Tony McGee made five tackles for losses on Westlake's final drive to seal the win.
* Thomas Stone 20, Westlake 14
With the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference championship on the line, Thomas Stone All-Met RB Marcus Whalen broke a tie at 14 with 4 minutes 18 seconds to play on a three-yard touchdown run. The Wolverines had forced the Cougars to try a field goal earlier in the drive, but Westlake was called for roughing the kicker on the attempt, which gave Thomas Stone first and goal. Thomas Stone DB Mark Johnson intercepted a pass on Westlake's final drive to preserve the win.
TOP INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCES OF 1999
* Chopticon WR-DB Jamie Byroads
Sept. 10 vs. Gwynn Park
Byroads did it all in the Braves' 21-20 victory. The junior caught three passes for 62 yards, including a 47-yard touchdown pass from Jamar Mason, and returned four kicks for 124 yards. Byroads, who punted and kicked for the Braves, also had a 19-yard run on a fake punt late in the fourth quarter and an interception with 48 seconds remaining to secure the victory for Chopticon.
* Patuxent RB Terry Caulley
Sept. 3 vs. McDonough
In his first varsity game--and the first SMAC football game for Patuxent--Caulley rushed for a school-record 270 yards on 22 carries. The sophomore scored two touchdowns on runs of 61 and 41 yards as Patuxent won, 28-7.
* Calvert WR-DB Treaven Wills
Oct. 22 vs. Patuxent
Wills was all over the field in Calvert's 21-3 victory over rival Patuxent. On offense, Wills caught two passes for 114 yards--both for touchdowns. He scored on passes of 23 and 91 yards--the latter was a short pass that he turned into a huge gain. Defensively, the senior returned a fumble 40 yards for a touchdown, blocked a punt and had two interceptions.
COACH SPEAK; The Coaches Talk About Their Memories From the 1999 Season
"What I'll remember is our first game with McDonough. Even though it wasn't a league game, it was our first time playing in the SMAC. It was nice to get in there and win and be able to compete. I think you always remember the first one."
--Patuxent Coach Jim Esposito
"For the league this year, I'll remember that there was just a tremendous amount of talent at the skill positions. I think we had six guys rush more than 1,000 yards, and that's pretty amazing. For our team, it was nice after last year to have some success this season and see the kids enjoying playing football again."
--Great Mills Coach Bill Greer, whose team went 4-6 after a winless 1998
"Probably for me what will stand out is the way we finished. To start 1-4 and then finish up with five wins, it shows that the kids never gave up. They kept playing hard for us, and that's all we ask."
And the upset of Westlake?
"Yeah. That was big--and fun."
--Chopticon Coach Andy Palko
SMAC Statistical Leaders
x-Totals do not include results from Saturday's 3A final vs. Seneca Valley.
Maryland 3A Final
For coverage of last night's Maryland 3A football final between Thomas Stone and Seneca Valley, please see Sports, Section D. The game was played after the deadline for today's Southern Maryland Extra, but Thursday's Extra will include coverage of the state final.
x-does not include Saturday's state final.