Huntingtown was able to protect the lead in a Southern Maryland Athletic Conference game with a late goal-line stand for the second week in a row and the third time this year.
The Hurricanes (8-1) held off Westlake (5-4) with less than two minutes left to preserve a 14-6 win and seal the top seed in the Maryland 3A South region.
Westlake got within the Hurricanes’ 10-yard line three times Friday but could only manage a five-yard run from senior quarterback Antwaine Carter Jr. in the second quarter. Huntingtown’s offensive stat line was less than impressive, according to Coach Brendan Galligan.
“It was a defensive struggle to say the least,” Galligan said. “Defensively, they’re phenomenal. They took away a lot of the things that we do pretty well.”
Defense is winning games for Huntingtown (8-1) this season. While the Hurricanes are not blowing out opponents as often as in past years, these closer defensive battles have given the Hurricanes more experience with “the type of game you have to play in the postseason,” Galligan said.
That’s especially helpful given the youth on both sides of the ball. Four sophomores are starting on defense this season, including cornerback Skyler Berry, who caught two interceptions — one in the last minute — in Friday’s game.
Reservoir needs overtime to beat Atholton
The Raiders were 1-7, and the Gators were 6-2 and had won five straight.
But Atholton scored 26 points on a Gators squad that had let up that many just once all season, and pushed Reservoir to an extra period, where the Gators won 33-26.
Senior wide receiver Bryan Barney had seven catches for 160 yards and a touchdown for Atholton, and quarterback Lamarre Whitlock completed 17 of 38 passes for 262 yards and a touchdown and had 10 carries for 85 yards and a rushing touchdown to pace the Raiders’ offense.
Senior defensive back Bryan Gsell had 13 tackles for the Raiders in an attempt to shut down Reservoir running back Avian White. White managed 216 yards and three touchdowns, including the winning score in overtime.
Elsewhere in the county, Mount Hebron (3-6) edged Oakland Mills (3-6), 39-21, Glenelg (8-1) blanked Long Reach (1-8), 21-0, Hammond (6-3) beat Wilde Lake (3-6), 20-13 and Howard (7-2) gave River Hill (7-2) its second loss of the season in a 21-3 win.