Hammond will look to snap a two-game losing streak and win a homecoming game against Marriotts Ridge this Saturday.

The Golden Bears started strong with three consecutive wins and 22 points allowed through Week 3. But Glenelg held them to just three points in a 35-3 defeat and left the team a little divided after the loss, Coach Justin Carey said.

The next loss came down to three points and a decision by Carey in the last minutes of the game. The Golden Bears were up by two with 1 minute 30 seconds remaining, and Carey decided to let Reservoir into the end zone to get the ball back with enough time to let his “red hot” offense get the go-ahead touchdown. But Hammond fumbled after the ensuing kickoff and the Golden Bears fell to 3-2 with a 24-21 loss to the Gators (3-2).

“This was a learning experience,” Carey said of the Reservoir game. “Even though we lost, I feel as if it made our team stronger, made us come together.”

Carey said key areas of improvement include focusing on defensive personnel, balancing on offense, avoiding dead plays and minimizing penalties. The speed of practice has increased to encourage more up-tempo playing and the transition from period to period.

Vikings playing for first win

Mount Hebron’s record would look a bit different if Howard football games were determined in just the first 24 minutes of play. The Vikings are still looking for their first win of the season, but walked off the field tied or in the lead in three of their five games this year.

“We’re a very young team, and we’re trying to find a way to get a win in the second part of the season to make us feel good about all the work we’ve put in this season,” Coach Phil Zacharias said.

It will take four solid quarters of football, not just an exceptional two, to get a win Friday at Long Reach and beyond. Wide receiver Josh Bryant and two-way starter Brendan Chavis will both return this week from shoulder injuries. Quarterback Sean Burke is in his first year on varsity and started for the first time against Howard two weeks ago. Defensive back and wide receiver Brandon Anthony has stepped up and become a real weapon for the Vikings, Zacharias said.

Mount Hebron will meet the Lightning (1-4), who surrendered 188 yards and two touchdowns to Centennial running back Walter Fletcher last week. Fletcher is 85 yards away from reaching the 1,000-yard mark for the season. The Eagles host Atholton (0-5) Saturday.

Elsewhere, Howard (4-1) travels to Reservoir, Oakland Mills (2-3) hosts Glenelg and River Hill (5-0) visits Wilde Lake (3-2).