You Should Have Seen
Severna Park's defense
against Eleanor Roosevelt
The Falcons dominated the fifth-ranked Raiders and held senior quarterback Derrick Williams, one of the most sought-after recruits in the country, to just 61 yards on 19 carries en route to a 13-7 victory.
The Falcons stopped Eleanor Roosevelt twice on fourth down and tackled Williams five times behind the line of scrimmage, dealing the Raiders their first season-opening loss in eight years.
"Our kids knew if they believed in what they're doing, they can beat anybody, and this is a great win to start the season," Coach J.P. Hines said. "The key for us defensively was we wanted to always have at least one of our linebackers [David Sells, Mark Otto or Andrew Ferris] free to man-up on Derrick [Williams] because he's so dangerous with the football."
The Falcons took a 7-0 lead on a 32-yard touchdown run by Ferris, who also plays running back, on its opening drive of the second half. The lead almost stood, as the Falcons held the Raiders scoreless for 46 minutes 25 seconds until Will Davis caught a 31-yard touchdown pass from Williams with 1:35 remaining.
"Our goal was to shut them out, but that wasn't realistic because we knew they were going to make some big plays, but so were we," Hines said. "Once they tied the game, we knew we had to respond."
After a 15-yard face-mask penalty against Eleanor Roosevelt gave Severna Park the ball on the Raiders' 49-yard line, senior receiver Ben Hunt made a diving catch at the 33-yard line.
On the next play, Hunt (three catches, 82 yards) ran a fade pattern down the sideline and hauled in the 33-yard pass from quarterback Greg Zingler to score what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown, with 27 seconds remaining.
Ryan Callahan, Old Mill
Old Mill has produced a running back who has rushed for at least 1,000 yards in each of the past eight seasons, and Callahan appears poised to extend the streak this fall.
The 5-foot-7, 150-pound junior rushed for a game-high 210 yards and four touchdowns on just 12 carries -- an average of 17.5 yards -- to power his team to a 41-0 victory over visiting North County in a league game in Millersville on Friday.
"He's a very explosive runner," Coach Mike Marcus said. "He would hit the hole and then make his next move and he was gone."
Callahan scored on runs of 27, 35, 10 and 79 yards to lead the Patriots to victory in their season opener for the fifth consecutive season, and their eighth straight victory over North County dating to 1997.
"On that 79-yard run, we handed the ball to him and he read the block, made a move to his left and was off to the races," Marcus said.
You Should See
McDonogh at Severn,
1 p.m. Saturday
Two of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's most talented players meet in Severna Park, when senior running back Deon Peters leads Severn against McDonogh and senior receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey.
Peters rushed for 160 yards and three touchdowns on just five carries in a 48-7 victory over Reginald Lewis (Baltimore) in the season opener for both teams.
Peters, who scored on runs of 10, 60 and 50 yards, also added a 50-yard punt return for another touchdown as Severn cruised in a non-league game.
Severn, which earned a share of the MIAA's B Conference title last year, now focuses on McDonogh, which is in the MIAA A Conference, the league's top division.
McDonogh, which went 7-3 last year, opens the season against the Admirals and will look to Heyward-Bey to lead its pass-oriented offense after he recorded 40 catches for 800 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.
-- Jon Gallo