Arundel quarterback Kyle Sumpter completed his first nine passes, two going for touchdowns, and the Wildcats never looked back in a 33-0 victory over visiting Thomas Stone yesterday in a Maryland 4A East Region semifinal game.
Thomas Stone had beaten Southern Maryland Athletic Conference power Westlake last week, but Sumpter's hot start helped the Wildcats (9-2) to a 13-0 lead and the power-running Cougars were off their game.
Arundel forced Thomas Stone (7-4) into five turnovers, including four fumbles.
"That's a pretty good team we played and that's a pretty good effort on our part," Arundel Coach Chuck Markiewicz said. "We really wanted to get another shot at Old Mill. That's been the goal since Week One [a 41-14 loss to Old Mill]. Now we have another opportunity."
Sumpter led the offense with 241 total yards and five touchdowns (140 yards and three touchdowns passing). Dominique Moore led the Wildcats defensively, making 10 tackles, four for losses. Wiley Brown led the Cougars with 10 tackles, one for a loss.
Arundel (9-2) traveled in the first round of the postseason the past two years and lost both games. This time, it made home field an advantage. Friday, however, the Wildcats must visit Old Mill in the 4A East Region final.
Potomac (Md.) Starts With a Romp
Potomac (Md.) began the postseason leg of its 2A state title defense by running past visiting Glenelg in a 42-21 South Region semifinal win.
The Wolverines (9-2) piled up 362 yards on the ground, 459 total.
Seniors Antonial Coles and Bubba McLeod gained 161 yards and 96 yards, respectively. Coles scored a touchdown on a 12-yard run in a 21-point first quarter. McLeod found the end zone four times, scoring on runs of one and seven yards from his fullback spot, taking an interception return 23 yards from his linebacker position, and pouncing on quarterback James Nickens's fumble as it squirted into the Glenelg end zone.
"We already knew the first hit would determine the game, and we put the smackin' on them first," said McLeod, referring to a game-opening, 58-yard bomb from Nickens to senior Ollie Thomas. McLeod's seven-yard scoring run five plays later gave Potomac (9-2) a 7-0 lead.
Glenelg senior Trey Crayton's 75-yard run around right end and down the sideline pulled Glenelg within 14-7 late in the opening quarter, but the Gladiators did little else afterward. Crayton finished with 142 yards on 13 carries. Glenelg (6-4) scored two late touchdowns against Potomac's second-string defense.
"That's been our Achilles' heel all year," said Glenelg Coach John Davis, referring to his team's run defense. "We did a lot of arm tackling today. Arm tackling's not going to cut it."
Potomac will play at Atholton on Friday at 7 p.m. in the region final.
Hand It to Handley
Handley is going to the Virginia AA Region II Division 3 championship game for the second straight year, and three sophomores played key roles in the 35-14 win over Rockbridge County to secure that berth.
Quarterback J.J. Dorsey rushed for 103 yards and three touchdowns and threw for 104 yards and one touchdown on a cool afternoon in Winchester. Receiver Justin Banks had three catches for 58 yards and a touchdown and defensive back Corley Terrell added an 80-yard interception return for a touchdown as the Judges (10-1) defeated the Wildcats (6-5) in the playoffs for the second straight year.
"The coaches told me that if I worked hard during the offseason I could have a good season," Terrell said. "That's what I did. I put a lot of time in the weight room and it paid off."
Handley will host Turner-Ashby in the region title game Saturday. Turner-Ashby beat Robert E. Lee-Staunton, 17-7, on Friday.
Dorsey, who has rushed for more than 1,400 yards and passed for just under 2,000, scored on runs of one, four and three yards and added a 34-yard touchdown pass to Banks in the third quarter.
Meantime, the Handley defense shut down a potent Rockbridge attack. Wildcats senior quarterback Chase Prasnicki, who has committed to Army, was sacked six times and had three passes intercepted. He finished 11 for 27 for 121 yards.
"We wanted to pressure their quarterback, put him into situations he hadn't faced all year," Handley defensive coordinator Jim Gaynor said.
Special correspondent Sean P. Flynn contributed to this report.