Week 2 HS Football Thoughts and Observations

by Greg Swatek. 0 Comments

After two weeks of the 2014 season, exactly half of the Frederick County teams have yet to lose a game and all but one has posted a win.

Oakdale is one of the six 2-0 teams in the county, joining Brunswick, Frederick, Linganore , Tuscarora and Walkersville. And the Bears, perhaps, have been the most impressive of the bunch, outscoring the opposition 89-9 so far. On Friday, they rolled past South Carroll, 35-7, in their home opener. The question with Oakdale is who do you stop? Quarterback Alex Mason has missed one pass all season (16 of 17) and displayed a tremendous ability to take off and run. He had 90 yards and a touchdown on nine carries against South Carroll after a big week on the ground in the season opener at Catoctin. The Bears have as many as four or five running backs who can all take off for a big play. The defense has given next to nothing so far, and they even have a good, dependable kicker in Nick Locicero, who kicked five extra points Friday to become the school’s all-time leading scorer.

Yes, it is still early. But Oakdale is a certifiable heavyweight in the county this season. It is going to take a good team and a great effort to beat the Bears.

One team that might be up to the task is Linganore, the returning state finalist in Class 3A. The Lancers cruised past Westminster, 26-7, Friday with their defense as much as their offense. The D produced 13 points on a fumble recovery in the end zone, forced by a Casey Alvarado sack, and a 66-yard interception return for a touchdown by Nick Zanoni. The offense has been sharper. But Linganore got enough of a running game going with Chris Conner, Darrick Edwards and Dante Butler to do the rest of the heavy lifting. Edwards and Butler scored on runs of 32 and 25 yards, respectively. So far, the Lancers have beaten South Carroll and Westminster by a combined score of 61-14. A week earlier, Westminster snapped Middletown’s 36-game winning streak on the road. So, Linganore is looking good with a game at Oakdale looming Oct. 10.

Frederick can improve to 3-0 for the second time in three years Friday with a home win over 0-2 South Carroll on Friday. Last week, senior quarterback Terrance Warfield led the Cadets to a 21-6 home win over Century. Warfield accounted for 200 yards and two touchdown on the ground in the victory. Last season’s miserable 1-9 campaign is starting to become a distant memory for the Cadets and their second-year coach, Don Duman.

Brunswick beat Clear Spring, 37-26, on the road last Saturday. Next up for the Railroaders is a home date Friday against Manchester Valley, who beat them by three touchdowns last season. And Walkersville hung on for a 21-20 victory at Liberty to remain unbeaten. Patrick Cleveland led the Lions with 81 rushing yards and quarterback Chad Gleason ran for 76 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 18 attempts. Walkersville’s winning touchdown was scored by Everett Polzin on a 5-yard run. On Friday, the Lions will face 0-2 Catoctin at home. Last week, the Cougars fell at Tuscarora, 20-0.

The Titans racked up 433 yards of total offense in that win, including 141 rushing yards from sophomore running back Rodney Dorsey, who found the end zone on runs of 68, 33 and 17 yards. The defense also played well, despite allowing 308 total yards. The Titans turned back the Cougars six times inside of the 35-yard line. Tuscarora is hoping for a similar effort on both sides of the ball Friday at 1-1 Liberty.

Good bounce-back wins for Middletown and Urbana. The Knights rebounded from their stunning, 21-19 home loss to Westminster and pounded Winters Mill at home, 54-6. Running backs Nick Welch and Marques Lauer each went over 100 yards as Middletown rolled up more than 500 yards on the ground. Welch scored four touchdowns, including a 58-yard scoring run in the second quarter.

Urbana, meanwhile, crushed North Hagerstown, 48-6, in the first game on its new turf field. That followed a 35-28, opening-week loss in Dover, Delaware. Star running back Ray Gray scored on runs of 10, 21 and 55 yards on his way to a 147-yard night in the win for the Hawks, who face an interesting test Friday at Westminster.

Tough loss for Thomas Johnson on Friday at South Hagerstown. The Patriots had an 10-point lead early and a one-point lead in the final minutes before falling to the Rebels, 33-28, to drop to 1-1. Quarterback TJ Peer scored the winning touchdown for South Hagerstown on a 2-yard run with 2 minutes, 10 seconds left in the game. Senior Kahari Kilgore scored three touchdowns for TJ, including a 47-yard interception return in the second quarter. Senior quarterback Tyler Magaha added three touchdown passes for the Patriots, who will look to bounce back Friday at 0-2 Century in what will be their third consecutive road game.

Speaking of bouncing back, St. John’s Catholic Prep brushed off a 35-0 loss to formidable Riverdale Baptist a week earlier to rout Massanutten Military Academy (Va.), 41-8, Friday at McCurdy Field, improving to 2-1 in the process.

Maryland School for the Deaf, meanwhile, played its first road game of the season and beat National Christian, 40-6, to raise its record to 2-1.





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