YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN
Josh Hostetler, River Hill
The senior receiver made three catches for a career-high 192 yards and two touchdowns in a 22-7 victory over Mount Hebron on Friday that kept the Hawks in contention for a spot in the 3A East Region tournament.
After catching a 67-yard pass from senior quarterback Daniel Hostetler -- his cousin -- in the second quarter, Josh caught a school-record 99-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, the longest reception in the Washington area this season.
"Daniel's thrown passes to me in the back yard for as long as I can remember, but the situation was never like it was against Mount Hebron," said Josh, who has eight catches for 326 yards and three touchdowns this season. "But after I caught it, my mind was focused on whether someone was behind me, and I kept looking back, but no one was there."
B.J. Smoot, Hammond
The senior running back rushed for a career-high 304 yards and scored five touchdowns on 29 carries to lead his team to a 55-54 victory over Wilde Lake.
"I'd say that was the best game I've ever played," Smoot said. "Every time I got the ball, I was getting up the field and picking up yards."
Smoot scored on a 55-yard run in the second quarter and on a five-yard run in the third to set up an amazing final quarter. Smoot scored three touchdowns on six-, three- and three-yards runs, then scored a two-point conversion with 1 minute 27 seconds remaining to complete a rally in which Hammond overcame a 47-33 deficit entering the final period.
It was Hammond's first victory over Wilde Lake since 1993. Smoot's yardage made him one of eight area running backs to rush for at least 300 yards in a game this season.
"We had to get them this game because they'd beaten us so many times," Smoot said. "This was my last year to play them, and I wasn't going to let our team lose again."
PLAY OF THE WEEK
Atholton nose guard
Samson Doyle against Glenelg
Atholton led by 14 points midway through the fourth quarter, but Glenelg had driven the length of the field and was facing fourth and goal from the 1-yard line.
Glenelg senior quarterback Billy West handed the ball to 5-foot-10, 227-pound fullback Stephen Bullard, but Doyle, 5-10, 250 pounds, fought off his blocker and stopped Bullard in front of the goal line. Doyle's play enabled his teammates to gang tackle Bullard, and Atholton rode out the clock for a 27-15 victory.
It was Atholton's first victory over Glenelg since 2000.
"If they score there, it might have been a different game because they would have had all the momentum," Coach Chuck Fales said. "But Samson came right through their line and made a huge play."