YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN
Centennial's Justin Harris
The junior running back rushed for a game-high 125 yards on 11 carries and scored four touchdowns in a 34-18 victory over DuVal from Prince George's County.
Harris, who is 5 feet 11 and weighs 162 pounds, scored on two 43-yard runs and one of 4 yards and caught a 50-yard pass for another score as the Eagles won their second game of the season, one more win than they had last year.
After DuVal took a 6-0 lead, Harris scored his first touchdown; Matt Hein's extra-point kick gave the Eagles a 7-6 lead. The teams exchanged touchdowns on their next possessions. Harris scored in each of the final three quarters, giving Centennial a 34-12 lead midway through the fourth quarter.
He caught a short pass from quarterback Owen Dresser and sprinted up the middle of the field untouched for the Eagles' longest touchdown play of the season.
"They blitzed, so I got behind them, and once I caught it, I only had to get past the safety," Harris said. "So I did a quick move and then just took off."
River Hill's Daniel Hostetler
The junior quarterback completed 8 of 20 passes for 140 yards and three touchdowns in a 40-0 victory over Reservoir, extending the Hawks' regular season winning streak to 17 games.
"I think I'm really comfortable in our offense now, and I'd say this was my best game," Hostetler said. "We got the running game going early, and that opened up the passing game, and we took advantage of it."
With River Hill leading, 14-0, entering the second quarter, Hostetler threw a six-yard scoring pass to senior running back Darol Smith. In the same quarter, sophomore linebacker Zach Martin returned an interception 48 yards for his first high school touchdown.
In the second half, Hostetler tossed scoring passes of 28 and 5 yards to tight end Greg Nowak, who has caught four of Hostetler's 10 touchdown passes this season.
"All I have to do is put the ball close to Greg," Hostetler said. "He's such a big target, and he'll go up and get it."
PLAY OF THE WEEK
Atholton junior linebacker
Matt Lewis against Hammond
Late in the fourth quarter, Hammond quarterback Zach Swope threw a quick slant to Alex Boyd, who was hit by Atholton junior cornerback Troy Gibson, causing a fumble [see photo above].
"I haven't seen a hit like that by one of our guys in a long time," Atholton Coach Chuck Fales said. "Troy got him pretty good."
Lewis scooped up the loose ball on the 25-yard line and sprinted into the end zone for his first varsity touchdown with 1 minute 33 seconds remaining.
"I heard a big bang, and then I saw the ball right there," Lewis said. "Once I saw the ball laying there, I picked it up and knew no one was going to catch me."
-- JON GALLO