You Should Have Seen
St. Mary's Darren Pastrana and Brendan DeLuca
It was a busy weekend for the St. Mary's football program. Not only did the varsity and junior varsity teams raise more than $4,000 for Catholic Charities USA to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina, but the varsity raised hopes for an improved season as the Saints (1-1) upset Archbishop Curley, 15-14, Friday night. They finished last season 1-9.
With four minutes to play, one timeout and the ball on the Saints' own 5-yard line, junior quarterback Pastrana engineered a drive to the Curley 8-yard line to set up a 25-yard field goal for DeLuca, who nailed it with 16 seconds remaining. Pastrana converted two fourth-down passes during the drive, delivering the ball to junior Nick Lewnes for 15- and 20-yard completions.
The tension was thick as DeLuca lined up to kick the game winner, as he had missed a 39-yard field goal and an extra point earlier in the game.
"He came through in the clutch," said Saints Coach Mike Clay.
During halftime, the Saints' junior varsity team helped collect money for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina in Biloxi, Miss. More than $1,500 was taken in Friday night and about the same amount was raised Saturday by varsity football team members during the U.S. Naval Academy's blue and gold parade, which took place before the Navy-Stanford game. The varsity also helped set up, and clean up after, the St. Mary's parish picnic on Sunday and collected more than $1,000 in donations there.
"It's been a great effort," Clay said, giving credit to parent coordinator Cathy Kramer, who played a large part in organizing the relief drive. "They really bought into it knowing that it's really going to go to a good cause."
North County senior Josh McQuade
McQuade had a busy night Friday. In a 31-7 victory over Glen Burnie, he had something to do with every North County point. He fired four touchdown passes to senior receiver Raymond Mack, kicked four extra points and added a field goal.
The solid kicking was expected: McQuade was the Knights' place kicker last season. But the four touchdowns and 202 yards passing in his first start at quarterback?
"Totally amazing," said North County Coach Gary Liddick. "He just did a really phenomenal job in his first year as a quarterback."
McQuade played soccer his freshman and sophomore years and, before his junior year, decided to try football. Toward the end of the season, he wanted another change: a shot at the quarterback position. Liddick said he welcomed McQuade's effort. "I said, 'Hey, our quarterback is a senior, he's leaving if you want to give it a try.' "
Liddick said McQuade's 202-yard passing total was the highest a quarterback has had in a game in six seasons at North County, and Friday was the first season-opening win for the Knights in six years.
Broadneck senior David Yarborough
Normally a wide receiver for the Bruins, Yarborough rushed for 155 yards in Broadneck's 39-14 win over Chesapeake, leaving some to wonder: Where was four-year standout Brandon Johnson?
Johnson was limited to play inside the red zone in Broadneck's season opener because of a heel bruise that has affected his running; he still scored two short-yardage touchdowns. The injury could keep him out of tomorrow night's game or limit his play again, but even if it does, the Bruins have two more-than-competent backs who might be able to fill in.
Yarborough has played in every varsity game since his sophomore year and didn't need to learn any new plays or formations for the game. "He did a great job running for Brandon," said Broadneck Coach Jeff Herrick. "We could put him in at quarterback if we needed to he knows the offense so well." Also helping out in the backfield may be senior Maurice Johnson, who alternated at slot for Broadneck last year but whom Herrick considered a starter. Johnson scored three times against Chesapeake, all off counter plays run from the option.
You Should See
Annapolis at Northeast, Friday, 7:15
Big Vince Downes will try to make some room for running backs Jeff Jones and Matt Radley at the tackle position for Northeast. Jones rushed for 134 yards last week in a 35-14 loss to North Harford. Annapolis is coming off a 39-6 nonleague loss to Gwynn Park. Both teams will be hungry for a win, as a playoff run could be doubtful with an 0-2 record to start the season.