In a reversal of Huntingtown’s only regular-season loss last season, the Hurricanes built a 10-point lead against North Point on Friday and held on for a close 17-14 win in a physical Southern Maryland Athletic Conference game in Waldorf.
Huntingtown is now 5-0 for the first time since 2009, when the Hurricanes won 13 straight games before losing in that year’s Maryland 3A state final.
“Our kids gave tremendous effort,” Huntingtown Coach Brendan Galligan said. “We were banged up, tired, the elements were bad, but the kids found a way.”
The Huntingtown defense forced five turnovers, but after North Point cut the lead to 17-14 in the fourth quarter, the Hurricanes needed a coffin corner punt by Rowe to pin the Eagles deep in their own territory in the waning minutes of the game to help seal the win.
Senior linebacker Josh Woodburn finished with 11 tackles and a fumble recovery to pace the defense for the Hurricanes, who handed North Point (3-2, 2-2) the second of its first back-to-back losses since November 2008.
“In [The Post’s] SMAC season preview somebody said something like ‘You’re not anybody until you beat North Point,’” Galligan said. “I guess we’re somebody now.”
Elsewhere in the SMAC this week, Patuxent (5-0, 3-0) scored 45 unanswered points to earn a 45-7 win over La Plata (1-4, 0-3). Senior Travez Lee rushed for three touchdowns and returned a punt 98 yards for a score in the win. . . . Five different players scored a touchdown Saturday to lead McDonough (5-0, 4-0) to a 38-0 win over Lackey (1-4, 0-4). Senior linebacker Juwan Campbell made eight tackles to pace a Rams defense that has allowed seven points total over the last four games. . . . Leonardtown (3-2, 3-1) beat St. Mary’s County rival Chopticon (1-4, 1-2) for the first time since 1996, 44-21. The Raiders grabbed four interceptions, and senior Stephen Stewart rushed for 207 yards and a touchdown. . . . Westlake (3-2, 2-1) outlasted Calvert (3-2, 2-2), 14-8, to win in consecutive games for the first time this season…Thomas Stone (1-4, 1-3) earned a 14-9 win over Northern (1-4, 1-2) behind a fumble recovery touchdown by sophomore linebacker Chad Walker to earn their first win under new head coach Paul Friel.
Down to its third-string quarterback, Forestville turned to its special teams to deliver a 12-8 win over Crossland on Saturday. Senior Jourdan Ginyard returned a punt 45 yards for the game-winning touchdown with about four minutes left, helping the Knights win an ugly game in which the teams combined for 12 turnovers.
Forestville (4-1, 2-1 PG 3A/2A/1A) went with Quinton Boston under center against Crossland (3-2, 1-2) with senior starter Andre Dalton slowed by a knee injury and his backup Jermon Steptoe out with a broken ankle. Dalton — who has an offer from Hawaii — was able to play some at cornerback in the game.
Boston — a 5-foot-7 sophomore who goes by the nickname “Baby Q” — threw an early touchdown pass to junior Marcel Joly, but he also had three interceptions and lost two fumbles. Alvin Jackson returned one of the picks 54 yards for a second-quarter touchdown to supply the Cavaliers’ only points.
Both teams turned the ball over six times in the game, including a late sequence on which Boston lost a fumble with his team trying to run out the clock and then Crossland fumbled it right back.
Joly — who has offers from Maryland and Vanderbilt — remains the league’s leading rusher, but he struggled in the team’s uneven effort with 61 yards on 19 carries and had an apparent 55-yard touchdown run called back by penalty.
“It’s tough right now,” Forestville Coach Charles Harley said. “If we can just limit the turnovers, we’ve got enough athletes that we should be a fun team to watch.”
The Seahawks (3-2) got a big game out of senior running back Lavon Chaney, who scored all four of his team’s offensive touchdowns and picked up 271 all-purpose yards, 208 of which came on the ground. Chaney’s performance came just three days after the senior was offered a scholarship to play next season at Navy.
South River quarterback Connor Cox completed 17 passes Friday night for 218 yards and a touchdown. Cox, who threw for more than 300 yards in each of South River’s first three games, has cooled somewhat as defenses have adjusted to account for the Seahawks passing attack.
“Defenses are definitely more aware of him after the first three weeks of the year,” Seahawks Coach Lance Clelland said. “What we do offensively is take what the defense gives us, and if they’re going to put six guys in the box then we’re going to run the ball.”
The Bulldogs’ entered the game on the heels of their closest game of the season to date, a 17-14 overtime loss on the road at Severna Park. Through their first four games, Southern (1-4) had averaged just 121 / 2 points per game on offense while allowing opponents to score an average 321 / 2 points per game.
Friday though, the Bulldogs’ offense broke out largely on the strength of junior running back Dejuan Neal’s 167-yard, four touchdown performance. Southern Coach Russ Meyers pointed to a second-quarter sequence during which Neal, who also plays defensive back, intercepted a Glen Burnie pass in the end zone and then scored on an eight-yard touchdown run on the first play of the Bulldogs’ subsequent drive.
“Nobody wants that zero as the first number in their record,” Meyers said. “I think they’ve seen the benefits of going out and having a good time and really playing hard and flying around on defense. And they’re not letting mistakes bother them as much as they did before. You’re going to make mistakes, that’s the game of football, but you can’t let it carry over from one game to the next.”