You Should Have Seen
Kevin Beaman, Oakland Mills
The senior wide receiver and cornerback scored a career-high four touchdowns to lead his team to a 26-16 victory over visiting Howard on Saturday in Columbia.
After Howard built a 16-0 lead midway through the second quarter, Beaman cut the lead with a 54-yard touchdown reception. Senior running back Kelly Wilson then scored a two-point conversion. In the fourth quarter, Beaman caught 20- and 22-yard touchdown passes from junior quarterback Nick Finney.
"Basically, Nick would put it up there and I would go get it, go and outjump everybody," said the 6-foot-1, 170-pound Beaman. "If he got it close to me, I did the rest. Nick is a great quarterback, and he put the ball right there."
Beaman concluded the day with the biggest play of the game. With Howard deep in Oakland Mills' territory and less than five minutes remaining, Beaman intercepted a pass on the Scorpions' 3-yard line and returned it 97 yards.
"They threw a slant to the right side, so I thought they might try to throw it to the left side on the next play," Beaman said. "As soon as I saw the receiver cut to the middle of the field, I ran up and caught the ball and took off running."
Chris Eccleston, Mount Hebron
The junior running back and safety did a little bit of everything to make a huge contribution in his team's 49-8 victory over Carver on Friday in Baltimore.
Eccleston scored on an 11-yard run, a 33-yard pass and on an 81-yard kickoff return as his team cruised to an easy win.
"My favorite play was the kickoff return because I got some great blocking and ran right up the middle of the field and no one touched me," said Eccleston, who also intercepted a pass. "That was probably one of the best games I've ever played."
Eccleston emerged as one of the county's top all-around players last season, rushing 885 yards and scoring six touchdowns to help his team to its first playoff appearance in 21 years.
You Should See
Mount Hebron at Centennial,
2 p.m. Saturday
Mount Hebron will look to start the season 2-0 for just the second time since 1996 when it faces Ellicott City neighbor Centennial in a game in which the winner receives the Ed Holshue Cup, named in honor of a coach who guided both teams.
The cup was awarded to Mount Hebron last year following a 28-13 win -- the Vikings' first victory over the Eagles since 1998.
Mount Hebron cruised to a 49-8 victory over Carver in the season opener, but Centennial struggled in a 47-8 loss at Wilde Lake.
"It doesn't matter what sport it is: When Mount Hebron and Centennial play, it's a rivalry," Mount Hebron Coach Larry Luthe said. "But we need to look at it as just another game that we need to go out and play well in. I know things are going to be a lot tougher against Centennial than they were [against Carver]."
-- JON GALLO