Reservoir's Football Team
The Gators' 7-6 victory over Oakland Mills on Saturday was the school's first win as a varsity program.
Oakland Mills took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter on junior quarterback Nick Finney's 91-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Beaman, but Reservoir took the lead for good on senior Justin Carey's four-yard touchdown run followed by senior Jurrell Hicks' extra-point.
Senior cornerback Matt Costa helped on defense by intercepting a school-record three passes -- including one on the 1-yard line -- to end a 10-game losing streak. It was the fewest points allowed by Reservoir in the two years the school has had a varsity football team.
"It feels good because we've been waiting two years for this, and we finally got to feel what it was like to win a game," Costa said. "This is big for our confidence, and now the only place to go for us is up."
Tyler Martin, River Hill
The senior running back scored two touchdowns and finished with 103 yards on 15 carries to lead the Hawks to a 35-7 victory at Hammond on Saturday.
Martin, mostly used as a blocker last year, has emerged as one of the county's best running backs by rushing for a county-high 303 yards and three touchdowns in the first two games.
"Our coaches told us we could show what level we want to play at this year: We could either play to the level of our competition or we could show that we can be a great team," Martin said. "We went out and played great against Hammond, and this is the start we had hoped for."
Martin gave the Hawks a 7-0 lead in the first quarter when he scored on a three-yard run and added a six-yard run in the third quarter to extend his team's advantage to 28-0.
"Coming into the season I knew I was going to be playing a huge role on this team," said Martin, who rushed for 310 yards last year playing behind running back Tim Morgan, who graduated last spring. "And so far, this season is everything I expected it to be."
You Should See
Oakland Mills at Glenelg
2 p.m. Saturday
Oakland Mills senior wide receiver Kevin Beaman, the county's leading receiver, faces one of the league's best defenses when the Scorpions try to end a four-game losing streak against Glenelg.
Beaman has caught four passes this season and has found the end zone each time. He had scoring catches of 54, 20 and 22 yards in a season-opening victory over Howard on Sept. 4, and turned his only catch in Saturday's loss at Reservoir into a 91-yard scoring play.
"One of the big things we're going to work on is making sure we contain [Beaman] because he's a big part of their offense," Glenelg Coach John Davis said.
Glenelg, which has not lost to Oakland Mills since the 2000 season, is coming off a 21-18 victory at Howard in which senior cornerback Trey Crayton broke up Howard's final pass in the end zone with under a minute to play. The Gladiators are 2-0 for the fourth consecutive year.
"I think being able to stop Howard with that last stand really showed the character our defense has," said Glenelg junior nose guard J.P. Debrowski. "We needed to stop them to win the game, and that's what we did."
-- JON GALLO