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Reservoir football is in the mix in Howard County; Thomas Stone tops Northern in SMAC action

Reservoir is taking its competitive Howard County schedule with the old “one game at a time” approach, a strategy that seems to be working for the 4-2 Gators.

“It’s week-by-week,” senior defensive end Jack Dudzinski said. “My dad always tells me not to focus on the future, always focus on the next game, that’s most important.”

His father, Keith, has some experience to back up that advice. The family moved to Fulton during Jack’s sophomore year when Coach Randy Edsall took over at Maryland and the elder Dudzinski became the inside linebackers coach for the Terps. Before that, Jack played linebacker for seven years as his father moved from coaching jobs at Brown and Northeastern to the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Jack switched to his father’s position, defensive end, in his first year with the Gators. He was part of last year’s 6-5 team, which made it to playoffs for the first time in the school’s history. They lost in their first game, a Maryland 3A East semifinal, to Atholton in overtime.

The ultimate goal, Dudzinski said, is to win out the rest of the season, make it to playoffs for a second time and “do things no Reservoir team has done before.”

Host B.J. Koubaroulis runs through the top plays from the weekend of football in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. (Nick Plum for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC./The Washington Post)

The Gators edged Howard, 13-6, Friday night to earn their third consecutive win. Dudzinski had 31 total tackles before that game, second to junior Sean Davis with 65. Running back Avian White has amped up his yardage in the past three wins, eclipsing 200 yards against Oakland Mills and Hammond and rushing for 169 against Howard. He averaged 55 yards in the first three games.

Friday’s homecoming has Reservoir more comfortably in the top five of the county after beating both of the counties other two 4-2 teams (Hammond and Howard) in the past two weeks. No team has yet to touch No. 5 River Hill, which has allowed just 24 points in six games. The defending 3A state champion accounted for the lone defeats for Centennial (5-1) and Glenelg (5-1). Senior running back Walter Fletcher leads the way for the Hawks (6-0) with 1,110 yards and 17 touchdowns. . . .

Wilde Lake fell to 3-3 after losing to the River Hill over the weekend, and Mount Hebron (1-5) earned its first win with a 20-13 win at Long Reach (1-5).

SMAC roundup

A week of rain in Southern Maryland postponed four conference games to Monday.

Thomas Stone (4-2) held off Northern (3-3) and senior running back Austin Howard for a 34-28 win at North Point Friday. Howard scored four touchdowns, including a seven-yard run in the last minutes of the game. Cougars running back Juwann Briscoe had 116 rushing yards and a touchdown and contributed 12 tackles on defense for Stone’s second consecutive win.

Calvert (2-4) won its first game since Week 1 with a 20-7 victory against visiting Allegany. Senior quarterback Mikey Bowen led the offense with two touchdowns and 93 rushing yards. Junior linebacker James Mathesius contributed 16 total tackles.

Patuxent (6-0) beat county rival Huntingtown, 20-10, to remain the only undefeated team in the conference.

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