YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN
Matt Winger, Atholton
The senior running back rushed for 199 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries to keep his team in contention for a berth in the 2A South Region tournament with a 28-7 victory over Centennial.
Winger has rushed for at least 118 yards in his past five games and has emerged as the county's most improved player. He has a school-record 1,425 yards and 13 touchdowns on 171 carries through eight games.
Atholton would clinch a playoff spot with wins against Glenelg on Friday and Wilde Lake on Nov. 11.
"It just feels like everything is clicking for me," Winger said. "Right now, I just want to do whatever it takes to get us in the playoffs."
Winger is the area's third-leading rusher, behind Warren County's H.B. Banjoman (2,052 yards, 32 TDs) and Westfield's Evan Royster (1,718 yards, 24 TDs).
"I'd say Matt's pretty much unstoppable right now," Coach Chuck Fales said. "We're getting him the ball and he's moving it right down the field. He's just been huge for us."
Jarad Flagg, Wilde Lake
The senior running back rushed for 136 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries to lead his team to a 36-0 victory over Oakland Mills.
Flagg led a rushing attack that amassed 299 yards and two touchdowns against the winless Scorpions. Flagg's performance marked the third consecutive game he has rushed for at least 100 yards.
"He's really come into his own," Wilde Lake Coach Doug DuVall said. "He's a powerful kid and has a knack for running the ball. Some kids run hard, but don't have good vision. But Jarad is good about finding a lane and running through it."
PLAY OF THE WEEK
Hammond's John Schmeer
The senior place kicker made a 39-yard field goal with five seconds remaining to lift his team to a 17-14 victory over Howard.
Schmeer's first field goal of the season came after Howard senior running back Jude Yearwood tied the game at 14 with a 50-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter.
The teams exchanged possessions, and Hammond took over on its own 20-yard line with under three minutes remaining. The Golden Bears drove to Howard's 22-yard line to set the stage for Schmeer, whose kick split the uprights to help his team to its second victory of the season, matching its total from last year.
"I am confident every time John goes out there because I see what he does every day in practice and I knew he was going to do it," Coach Bill Smith said. "If we got a good snap and a good hold, and we did, he was going to make it. He makes 50-yard kicks in practice."
-- JON GALLO