Four area running backs eclipsed 300 rushing yards last night, led by Ryan Callahan of Old Mill, who ran for 341 yards to give him more than 1,100 yards in five games this season.
Other than a late fumble in Old Mill's 30-28 win over Severna Park, Callahan's night was spotless: 27 rushes for three rushing touchdowns and a 55-yard punt return for another score. The 5-foot-8 junior has rushed for 150 yards or more in each game this season, helping his team build a 5-0 record.
"He's unbelievable," Old Mill Coach Mike Marcus said of Callahan. "Our line opened things up, and he's just so fast that nobody can catch him.
Justin Carter rushed for a school-record 313 yards and three touchdowns on 35 carries to lead visiting Watkins Mill past Walter Johnson last night, 20-14. The win snapped the Wolverines' 14-game losing streak, a slide that dated from the final game of the 2002 season.
Maryland School for the Deaf's Martise Colston gained 312 yards on 13 carries in a 74-0 victory over Turkeyfoot (Pa.).
Theodore Roosevelt junior Charles Wallace had 305 yards and six touchdowns on 31 attempts as the Rough riders topped Eastern, 54-0. Wallace, who began playing football last year as a linebacker, had 539 yards rushing going into last night's game, with his best outing coming against Glen Mills (Pa.) -- 139 yards.
Three Northern Virginia backs almost got to 300, as well.
Woodridge senior Andre Bratton ran 18 times for 258 yards in a 38-14 victory over Forest Park, W.T. Woodson senior Matt Nickerson rushed for a career-high 243 yards on 19 carries in a 42-8 win over Chantilly, and senior Trevor Bacon rushed for a career-high 265 yards to lead Langley to its first victory of the year, 44-0 over Marshall.
The Prince George's Coaches Association has decided to name its all-star football game after Ralph Paden, who retired from coaching in August after 29 seasons as the head coach at Fairmont Heights.
"We all agreed that it's a great idea," said association president Nick Lynch, the coach at Suitland. "What he did for our county, his years of influence and influencing not only players but also coaches, and how he conducted himself -- I think he will be overjoyed by this."
This year's game, which will match top seniors from the Prince George's 4A league against their counterparts from the Prince George's 3A/2A league, will be played Dec. 11 at Byrd Stadium.
-- Eli Saslow, Andrew Levine, Liam Dillon and Josh Barr