Tyler Martin has spent his past two seasons at Hammond laying low on rushing and emphasizing his arm. But with a new coach comes new strategy for the senior, including an 11-yard rush for the first touchdown of his final season. Martin added another rushing touchdown and a 23-yard touchdown pass to lead the Golden Bears in a 27-0 win against Mount Hebron at home Friday.
Coach Justin Carey is letting his quarterback run more, a choice that allowed the three-year starter to total 120 total yards — including three carries for 70 yards — and shows Martin that the first-year coach trusts him to get the job done.
“He’s letting me be more of myself and letting me do what I need to do to be successful on the team,” Martin said. “It shows that he believes in me and has more faith in my ability to run the ball.”
Martin’s longest rushes came from scrambles out of the pocket for the Golden Bears (1-0). Junior running back Talib Hedgepeth added another touchdown and 26 carries for 113 yards.
Mount Hebron wide receiver Zach Nicholas stood out for the Vikings (0-1) but was contained by the Golden Bears defense led by senior linebacker Drequan Reed with nine tackles and two and a half sacks and sophomore cornerback Deandre House with three interceptions.
“The key to our win was defensively forcing turnovers and stopping the run,” Carey said.
River Hill’s 7-3 win against Glenelg came down to the final four minutes of their contest in Glenelg. After a touchdown pass to senior tight end Cory Daniel was nullified by an illegal formation penalty, quarterback Drew Pritchard reset to connect with Daniel for a 55-yard touchdown pass with a little more than three minutes remaining in the game. Glenelg’s points had come with less than seven minutes left in the game on a 22-yard field goal fromAlex Paul.
It was Pritchard’s first start for the 2012 3A state champions and the win extended River Hill’s unbeaten streak to 25 games. . . .
Atholton started the season with a 35-7 win at Marriotts Ridge, the former school of senior transfer wide receiver/safety Bryan Barney. Barney returned a punt for a 75-yard touchdown on the Raiders’ first possession and scored on an 11-yard touchdown pass. Running back Isaac Murray had 12 carries for 152 cards and linebacker Cody Stolar led the defense with 12 solo tackles. . . .
Oakland Mills has already improved on last year’s 0-10 season with a 44-6 win against Long Reach at home. The Scorpions scored 64 points last season and 26 came in a late season loss to the Lightning. . . . Centennial’s (1-0) batch of experienced seniors took down Reservoir, 28-7 Friday night and Howard (1-0) narrowly edged out Wilde Lake (1-0) a 13-10 win.