Chris Eccleston, Mount Hebron
The two-time all-county running back spent the offseason recovering from two surgeries to repair a torn meniscus, and his game against Dulaney showed that he was back in form.
Eccleston rushed for 155 yards on 11 carries and scored five touchdowns. He scored on one- and nine-yard runs in the first quarter. In the second quarter, he caught a 31-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brady Baxter and also ran 12 yards for a score.
In the fourth quarter, Eccleston ran for a 27-yard score to tie the school record for touchdowns in one game. He sat out the rest of the game.
"I didn't know if I still had it," said Eccleston, who rushed for 821 yards and nine touchdowns on 88 carries last season before the injury against Long Reach in the season finale. "But now, I know I can still run the way I used to. I think I proved it to myself on that last touchdown run because I had to make a quick cut, and after hurting my knee I was hoping I could still do it."
Jude Yearwood, Howard
Yearwood scored on a 57-yard run in the first quarter and added an eight-yard touchdown run just before halftime in the Lions' 31-0 victory. He finished the game with 183 yards on 21 carries, helping Howard to its first victory over Oakland Mills since 1999.
"I think his work in the weight room really paid off, and I know he's gotten faster," said Coach David Glenn. "We expected big things out of Jude this year after the year he had as a junior, and he really came through for us in the first game."
Play of the Week
River Hill quarterback Daniel Hostetler and receiver Kevin Magan against Atholton.
River Hill had the ball on Atholton's 48-yard line with a 14-6 lead and less than a minute remaining in the first half.
As Hostetler took the snap, Magan sprinted downfield, turned his body toward the sideline and raised his hands as if poised for a catch. His defender changed direction and Magan dashed down the sideline to catch a perfectly placed pass to extend the lead to 20-6.
"We had been working on that play a lot and we knew it was deadly," Magan said. "Daniel put the ball right where it needed to be and I think that play set the tone for the rest of the game."
Atholton Coach Chuck Fales, said: "That was the biggest play of the game because if we go in at halftime down, 14-6, then we're right in it, but after they scored, they had all the momentum. I thought our safety had a chance to intercept the ball, but we couldn't make the play."