ESSEX — Week of Sept. 19 to Sept. 25
Chesapeake High School
Last week’s results: Chesapeake 8, Landsdowne 6
Top players of the week: Marcel Battle, Mark Findley and Brandon Nelson
Coach Chris Acab’s comments: All three top players played on the defensive line and set the tone early. Our defense played aggressive and completely shut down Lansdowne offense, holding them to zero offensive touchdowns. In addition, the defensive unit forced 3 turnovers. Both Marcel Battle and Mark Findley forced and recovered a fumble. I was very pleased with our defense and how well they played together.
Our offense ran the play well and consistently throughout the game. But unfortunately, we were careless with the ball. We turned the ball over three times, and that was the name of the game. Lansdowne returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown. Give credit to Lansdowne; they played a very good game.
Next week, we play a tough Patapsco team. We look forward to the opportunity.
Schedule: Chesapeake hosts Patapsco at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2.
Eastern Technical High School
Last week’s results: Western Tech 20, Eastern Tech 15
Coach Bill Brinegar’s comments: The Eastern Tech Mavericks led 15-6 at halftime on the heels of two first-half touchdowns from junior running back Drew Raynor (11 carries, 40 yards). In the second half, Eastern Tech held the ball for 11 minutes and ran 23 plays over the third and fourth quarter that ended in a fumble in the end zone and spurred the Western Tech comeback. The Mavericks were penalized seven times for 50 yards on the drive and had two touchdowns called back. Senior quarterback Danny McCarthy ran eight times for 73 yards and was 7/8 passing for 54 yards. Senior linebacker Sammy Diab led the team with 7 tackles. Raynor also contributed an interception, which led to his second touchdown of the game.
Schedule: Eastern Tech hosts Pikesville at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1, at CCBC-Essex.
Kenwood High School
Last week’s results: Kenwood 26, Hereford 14
Top players of the week:
Senior Troy Dukes — RUSHING: 18 carries, 150 yards. Dukes now has 412 rushing yards and five touchdowns for the season.
Senior Randy Hughes — RUSHING: 6 carries, 105 yards, 1 touchdown. Hughes now has 260 rushing yards and three touchdowns for the season.
Junior Khyree Myles — RUSHING: 11 carries, 52 yards, 1 touchdown. Myles now has 157 rushing yards and two touchdowns for the season.
Junior Quantez Day-Barnes — RECEIVING: 1 catch, 20 yards, 1 touchdown
Sophomore Tyler Green — RECEIVING: 2 catches, 74 yards, 1 touchdown.
Senior Justice Brown — RECEIVING: 1 catch, 3 yards, 1 2-point conversion.
Coach Derrick Krumholtz’s comments: Hereford was, as expected, highly disciplined and very physical. The game was scoreless into the second quarter. We had a bad snap, which was recovered by Hereford and returned to the 1-yard line. They scored on the next play to go up 7-0. We then put together a very nice drive, in the air and on the ground, which ended with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Khyree Myles to Quantez Day-Barnes with only eight seconds left in the half. Hereford returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, and at halftime, the score was Hereford 14 Kenwood 6.
Despite the demoralizing kick return at the end of the half, the players remained positive and motivated. The second half was dominated by the Kenwood defense, holding Hereford scoreless. On offense, Kenwood’s ground game came to life as Hughes and Dukes both eclipsed 100 yards rushing, leading to a 20-0 second-half score. I was extremely proud of our guys for continuing to fight in a very tough game, especially after the adversity of trailing at halftime.
Schedule: Kenwood at Owings Mills at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1.