Eastern Tech may be back to being Eastern Tech again.
After decidedly un-Eastern Tech seasons of 4-6 and 5-5, the Mavericks are 5-1 this season after a 28-12 victory over visiting Hereford during the Homecoming Game on Friday at CCBC Essex.
Samtin Okereke rushed for 154 yards and had touchdown runs of 42, 11 and 45 yards.
The last score, with eight minutes remaining in the game, gave the Mavericks a 28-6 lead. Hereford scored on its ensuing possession and then forced Eastern Tech to punt, but the Maverick defense forced a turnover on downs and Tech ran out the clock.
Maverick quarterback Mitch Shanklin had an 11-yard touchdown run.
Eastern Tech now has what amounts to a bye plus a win; the Mavericks were to play at Chesapeake on Saturday, but the Bayhawks will forfeit.
So Eastern Tech gets two weeks before its next game, on Oct. 19 at Overlea.
“It’s a good opportunity for us to self-study, see where we are and work on specific things,” Eastern Tech coach Bill Brinegar said. “We’ll spend the week working on things we need to take care of in order to be successful down the road.”
Eastern Tech was coming off its first loss of the season, a 14-12 setback at Owings Mills on Sept. 28.
The Mavericks had opened the season with four straight wins, beating McDonough 23-0; Parkville 19-13 in overtime; North Harford 14-7 and New Town 13-7.
The Maverick defense has led the way, not allowing more than two scores in an game thus far this season.
Eastern Tech is currently in second place in the Class 2A North regional standings. The top four teams advance to the playoffs.
Edmondson/Westside (6-0) leads the region, while Owings Mills and New Town (both 4-2) are in thrd and fourth place, respectively.
Hereford, Patterson and Crossland are all 3-3.
“I don’t know if we’re all the way back, yet,” Brinegar said. “But it feels good to come in and continue to build on the tradition we’re part of.
“We were pretty young a season ago, and we’re very fortunate to have a lot of guys return who were there and learned the hard way what a lack of preparation will do. We’re using that as motivation to work hard, learning how to win by learning how to prepare.”
Kenwood dropped to 3-3 with a 48-7 loss to visiting Milford Mill on Friday.
The Bluebirds will attempt to break a three-game losing streak when they host Dulaney on Friday.