Monday, October 19, 2009
Rain wreaks havoc on Week 7
By Mike Loveday ESPNRISE.com
WHEN IT RAINS -- GAMES GET RESCHEDULED
Week 7 was already a long week with several games played Thursday. But three days of rain caused the week to get another extension. Games in Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Bayside Conference, MVAL, Prince George's County and UPBAC all got pushed to Monday.
Josh Bordner has thrown for 1,140 yards and 11 touchdowns as Century has improved to 4-3.
The rescheduling left eight teams ranked in the Top 25 playing Monday. Due to the amount of Monday games, the MDVarsity.com High School Football Media State Poll will be released Wednesday this week rather than Tuesday.
Also, State Stat Leaders will be postponed until Tuesday.
MEANT TO BE BROKEN
Maryland School for the Deaf receiver Shawn Harrington set two school records in the win over Indiana School for the Deaf (Indianapolis, Ind.).
Harrington had five catches for 95 yards and three touchdowns in a 40-3 win. Those totals give Harrington 681 yards and 10 touchdowns for the season, both of which are school records.
As the regular season winds down and the State Player of the Year focus starts to narrow in on the Darius Jennings, Greg Goodwins and Marcus Cokers of the state, it is time to look at other players who are having stellar seasons, but may not be getting the same recognition.
John Carroll's Steven St. Clair has proven to be Mr. Everything this season. The senior has rushed for 694 yards from the quarterback position. He has thrown for six touchdowns and accounted for 16 total touchdowns. His touchdowns have come from rushing, special teams and on defense where he has a total of 77 tackles to lead the team.
As Winston Churchill (7-0) runs to the front of 4A West, its duo of quarterback Alex Kantor and running back Ryan Quinn have put exclamation points on the season. Kantor has thrown for 493 yards and seven touchdowns, rushed for 535 and nine scores. Quinn is one of Montgomery County's leading rushers with 898 yards and five touchdowns.
ALL BUT OVER
After a 0-3 start it appeared as though Century's season was all but over. One year after finishing 12-1 and making the Class 2A state semifinals, the Knights looked like they would fall back to the .500 team they had been in previous seasons.
But the Knights and their Boston College-committed quarterback, Josh Bordner, had other plans.
Since the Carroll County part of its schedule started in Week 4, Century (4-3) has been undefeated. A 26-6 win over South Carroll (5-2) could help propel them back into the playoffs this season, but they need some help. The remaining schedule favors Century, but South Carroll and Winters Mills (5-2) schedules are equally favorable and both teams are ahead of them in the Class 2A West region points standings. Some help could arrive from another Monocacy Valley Athletic League dvision. Walkersville (5-2), which is ahead of Century, faces Catoctin (7-0), Brunswick (3-4) and Middletown (4-3) the next three weeks.
Bordner has thrown for 1,140 yards and 11 touchdowns this season.
3A WEST WATCH
It appears as though the top three teams have solidified themselves at the top of the region. Quince Orchard (7-0), Linganore (7-0) and Clarksburg (6-1) easily took care of their opponents this week and other than QO, none of the teams have had a close game since the early part of the season.
Where clarity starts to fade is at the fourth and final position where four teams are vying for the spot. Before the season, it appeared as though an 8-2 team would be sitting at home, but now it looks as though there could be several 7-3 teams going home early.
Damascus (5-2) made its bid for the spot with a 26-22 win over defending Class 4A champs Sherwood (6-1), but Hornets still must play Clarksburg on Oct. 30. Seneca Valley (5-2), who is just behind Damascus in fifth place despite defeating the Hornets, still has to play Quince Orchard and Walt Whitman (6-1). Tuscarora is currently sixth, but has Linganore and Urbana (7-0) the next two weeks. Albert Einstein (4-3) has the easiest schedule ahead of them, playing three teams that have a combined five wins this season. Even Clarksburg does not have a one-loss season locked. Before the Coyotes play Damascus, they must play Paint Branch (6-1) who is looking to hold on to its spot as the fourth team in 4A West.
ESPNRise encourages comments from its users. Leave a comment below. Mike Loveday covers high school sports for ESPNRISE.com. Mike can be reached at Michael.Loveday@espn.com