YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN
Long Reach's Darryl Webb
The senior tight end had two receptions against Glenelg, each time finishing the play in the end zone.
Both passes from quarterback Ray Gilbert -- 15 yards and 36 yards -- were in the second quarter of the 33-7 victory Friday, which gave Long Reach a five-game winning streak.
Webb, an all-county forward on the basketball court, has blossomed into one of the county's most productive receivers in his first year of high school football. He has scored on all four of his catches, twice as many as any other player in the county.
"I knew Darryl was a great athlete. That's why I've been trying to get him to come out for football since he was a freshman," said Long Reach Coach Pete Hughes. "He's a big kid with great hands and can run. He's a big part of our passing game."
River Hill's Peter Ridge
After missing most of River Hill's first two games with an injured right elbow, the senior linebacker has been dominant in the past five games, including a 27-10 victory over Bowling Brook on Oct. 20.
He made a game-high 15 tackles -- six unassisted -- to help shut out the Thoroughbreds in the second half.
"I don't think anyone gives our defense any respect because we lost a lot of good players from last year," Ridge said. "We wanted to earn the respect that we feel we deserve, and the way to do that is by shutting down the other team and winning."
Ridge has made 52 tackles -- 27 unassisted -- this season and is one reason River Hill has held opponents to a county-low 6.7 points per game.
"He's a tough kid and he's hard to block since he's quick," Coach Brian Van Deusen said. "He's really been a great leader for us."
PLAY OF THE WEEK
Wilde Lake's Zach Brown
With his team leading 12-7 at halftime, Brown scored what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown on the first play of the second half.
Brown fielded the kickoff at the 18-yard line and as Reservoir's players broke through Wilde Lake's blockers, Brown cut to his left.
Brown, the defending county champion in the 100-meter dash, dashed down the sideline untouched for the first touchdown return of his career.
The Wildecats won the game, 31-13.
Brown, who also plays running back, finished the game with a career-high 124 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries as the Wildecats ended a two-game losing streak.
"The game was close at halftime, and I knew we had to make a big play to start the second half because it would really give us the momentum," said Brown, who has rushed for 546 yards and five touchdowns this season. "So I took the kickoff, and as soon as I saw some space to the outside, I cut it there; and after that, I knew they weren't going to catch me. I was gone."
-- JON GALLO