EUGENE LIGHTFOOT, LONG REACH
Though the senior tight end caught just three passes in his team's 40-6 victory over Wilson last week, each play ended the same: with him in the end zone.
Lightfoot's three touchdown receptions were a career high and established him as a pivotal part of the offense. Until now, his biggest contribution had been at defensive end, where he is one of the county's best.
"He made three catches, but they were all incredible, and they were big," Coach Pete Hughes said. "Wilson had 10 guys lined up to stop the run, so we had to throw the ball, and Eugene really came through for us."
Lightfoot gave his team a 14-0 lead in the first quarter by catching touchdown passes of four and 17 yards from junior quarterback Ray Gilbert. Lightfoot added an 11-yard scoring reception in the fourth quarter.
JUDE YEARWOOD, HOWARD
The junior fullback powered his way to 89 yards on 12 carries and scored all three of his team's touchdowns in an 18-6 victory over Reservoir on Friday.
Yearwood scored on runs of 11 and 34 yards in the first half. After Reservoir senior Justin Carey's six-yard touchdown run pulled the Gators to within 12-6, Yearwood secured the win with a 14-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.
"We told Jude this year we need to see what he can do for us because we are going to need him for the next two years," Coach David Glenn said. "He showed us that, absolutely, he can carry the load for us, and we can keep giving him the ball and he can take it down the field. He's a workhorse. That's the type of player we need him to be."
NATE YARBOROUGH, WILDE LAKE
The senior running back rushed for 143 yards and a career-high three touchdowns on 27 carries to lead the Wildecats to a 35-21 victory over Hammond on Saturday.
Yarborough scored on runs of five, seven and four yards as Wilde Lake won its third straight game after opening the season with losses in three of its first five games.
Yarborough has rushed for a team-high 757 yards and 12 touchdowns on 119 carries entering tomorrow's regular season finale against Atholton.
"He's been a great player for us all season, and he goes hard, and he's fast and elusive," Coach Doug DuVall said. "He's got everything you look for in a running back. We put him back in the backfield and let him go."
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MOUNT HEBRON AT LONG REACH
7 p.m. Tomorrow
The stakes could not be higher: The winner advances to the 3A East Region tournament.
The loser, however, could make the playoffs if Douglass loses at Friendly in a Prince George's County 3A/2A game on Saturday. The recipient of the fourth -- and final -- berth in the region tournament will come down to a points race that will depend on the result of several Howard County and Prince George's 3A/2A games.
"We can't worry about getting into the playoffs; we need to concern ourselves with beating Long Reach," said Mount Hebron Coach Larry Luthe, whose team has lost to Long Reach in six of their past seven meetings. "The best way for us not to make the playoffs is to look ahead and look past Long Reach, which is a very good team."
Long Reach, which has not made the playoffs since 1997, is led by Keith Richardson (712 yards rushing, 9 TDs) and Ken Smith (411 yards rushing, 5 TDs).
Mount Hebron, looking to earn consecutive postseason berths for the first time in school history, has rushed for 2,214 yards -- led by Brendan Clancy (862 yards, 12 TDs) and Chris Eccleston (793 yards, 8 TDs).
"The way Mount Hebron is executing right now is the best I've seen," Hughes said. "They really run right at you, and we have to stop them if we're going to win."
-- JON GALLO