Josh Brown, Long Reach

After starting on the defensive line last fall, the senior has emerged as one of the team's top running backs.

Brown rushed for 168 yards on 18 carries to lead the Lightning to a 28-13 victory over visiting Atholton. Brown's role on offense was expanded after standout junior running back Keith Richardson injured his ankle against the Raiders.

"I really looked forward to showing what I could do when I moved to offense," Brown said. "My offensive line did a great job and gave me a lot of holes to run through."

Brown's best run came on the first play of the second half with the score tied, 7-7.

He took a handoff from senior quarterback Ray Gilbert and burst up the middle for a 55-yard gain to the Raiders' 17-yard line. Junior running back Vince Furby swept around the right side of the line for a touchdown on the next play to give his team a 14-7 lead after junior Damian Schleelein's extra-point.

"He kept pounding the ball and was really determined to get our offense going, and that's exactly what I wanted to see out of Josh," said Coach Pete Hughes. "I think he really found a role in our offense."

Travis Davis, Reservoir

In a 38-28 victory at Mount Hebron, the senior running back became the first player in school history to amass 100 yards both rushing and receiving.

Davis had nine carries for 102 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 100 yards and another touchdown to lead the third-year varsity team.

"This was the breakout game for him," said Coach Joe Lewis. "We knew he was going to have a big season for us because he was our hardest worker during the offseason and was always in the weight room.

"We really expect big things from him every game."


Howard junior defensive back Anthony Elliott against Wilde Lake

Holding a 7-6 lead with a little more than three minutes left, Wilde Lake senior quarterback Nate Andorsky tried to move his team from midfield into scoring position with a long pass down the sideline. Elliott made a quick break on the ball, darted in front of the receiver for his first career interception and sprinted down the sideline to the end zone.

Elliott, one of the school's fastest runners, maneuvered around two defenders for a 65-yard return that gave his team 12-7 lead; senior running back Jude Yearwood scored on the two-point conversion to make the score 14-7.

The Lions went on to a 26-7 victory.

"I didn't expect them to throw, but once they did and I caught it, my main concern was making sure they wouldn't catch me," Elliott said. "As soon as I caught the ball, I just took off running as fast as I could, and I made it into the end zone."

Elliott's score was his second of the quarter. On Howard's previous possession, Elliott -- playing running back -- scored his first varsity touchdown when he recovered a fumble by teammateTyler Curley, who was stripped on the one-yard line, in the end zone.

"Anthony played beautifully for us," Coach David Glenn said. "He's got great athletic ability, and he's our top cover guy; and as soon as he saw the pass, he made a great play. And before that, when he recovered the fumble in the end zone, he showed he is focused every play and very alert."