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Monday, September 28, 2009
Updated: October 4, 5:58 PM ET
Record and Top 25 teams fall in Week 4

By Mike Loveday


Linganore senior Alex Eckard tied two state records on Friday night. The kicker tied former Damascus kicker Marc Magas for career extra points with 164. That record will likely be broken next week as Linganore takes on Westminster.

Alex Eckard
Alex Eckard holds the records for extra points and field goals.
Eckard also tied the record for most extra points in a game with 10. That record was first set in 1925, but has been matched several times. Two other players also hold the record: Ryan Farrell (Hereford, 2004) and Brent Toms (North Hagerstown, 2004).

Arundel's Billy Cosh moved into sole possession of third place for most career touchdowns this week. The senior's five touchdowns gives him 73 for his career - only seven away from tying the public school record of 80, held by Deontay Twymann (Sherwood) and Joe Haden (Friendly).

If Cosh has another typical game (more than 200 yards passing) against Annapolis this week, he will move into ninth place for career passing yards. Cosh currently has 5,019 yards which places him only 142 yards away from passing former Arundel QB, Nick Elko (5,161).


The Top 25 should see a big shuffle this week with six ranked teams losing this week. Eleanor Roosevelt's 6-0 loss to Wise will not have a lasting impact as both teams are still expected to make the playoffs and possibly play again this season, but Huntingtown's win over No. 7 Westlake, Seneca Valley's win over No. 16 Damascus and Chesapeake-BC's 15-13 win over No. 15 Eastern Tech could have a ripple effect through the rankings.

Outside the Top 25, Atholton's win over Wilde Lake looks to signal the Raiders as a team to beat in Howard County this year. The Raiders (4-0) surpassed last year's win total of three and are currently tied with River Hill - the five time defending Howard County champions - for first place in 3A East.

Poly's win over Patterson and Franklin's win over Woodlawn solidified both teams as leaders in 3A North. Franklin sits in first with 33.22 points, followed by Poly with 31 points. The most compelling team in the region to watch this season may be Towson (4-0). They are undefeated after a season in which they only won two games. Towson is the only other undefeated team in 3A North and will get a test this week as they travel to play Calvert Hall who is coming off a big win over Mount St. Joseph.


Brandon Coleman is one of four players leading the McNamra offense this season.
Bishop McNamara could be more of a threat to DeMatha and Good Counsel than originally predicted and they will not have to wait long to find out.

The Mustangs are 4-0 - the only other undefeated team in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) besides' DeMatha and Good Counsel. McNamara will be test this week as Good Counsel visits on Saturday.

The Mustang offense is propelling the team, scoring 159 points in four games. A foursome of skill position players leads McNamara; quarterback James Joseph, running back Hannibal Robinson and receivers Matthew Goldsmith and Brandon Coleman will test any defense.


It is not often that both Seneca Valley and Damascus are on the outside of the playoffs looking in, but that is the situation this week as the two teams are in sixth and seventh place respectively in 3A West.

Quince Orchard (4-0), Clarksburg (4-0), Linganore (4-0) and Tuscarora (3-1) hold the four spots for now, but there is at least one game that could change the standings this week.

Clarksburg travels to play Albert Einstein (3-1) and its emerging star running back Keith Gaye. The sophomore running back has rushed for 534 yards this season. Einstein is currently to points out of the fourth place spot and follows the Clarksburg game with Northwood and Quince Orchard. Clarksburg senior, Andrew Veith is coming off one of his best all-around games at quarterback - throwing for three touchdowns and rushing for 129 yards against Watkins Mill last week.

Looking ahead: Quince Orchard plays Northwood this week, but will travel to play Clarksburg next week.


If you want to see some of the better running backs in the state, your best bet may be a trip to Montgomery County.

Quince Orchard's Ben Sasu (613), Blake's Kwabena Asante (579), Churchill's Ryan Quinn (562) and Einstein's Keith Gaye (534) are in the Top 12 in Maryland for rushing and Whitman's Kevin Cecala (479) is not far behind. Rockville's Crusoe Gongbay has rushed for 337 yards, but missed one game due to an ankle injury. Good Counsel sophomore Wes Brown (410) looks to be adjusting to varsity football well - rushing for more yards every week. Brown made his varsity debut with 76 yards and has since rushed for 81, 105 and 148.


Looking around the state, there are 12 2A teams sitting at 4-0, seven teams in 4A and six teams in 3A. Conversely, only three teams in 1A are undefeated (Fort Hill, Joppatowne and Catoctin).

At 3-1, Great Mills is off to its best start since a 4-0 beginning in 1995. Interesting to note, since that season, Great Mills has only twice won more than three games in a year.

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