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Commentary: Fun with numbers for a second straight week

Poring over facts and figures

BY DEWEY FOX, dfox@theaegis.com

2:41 PM EDT, October 4, 2012

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I had such a fun time doing last week's column, in which I tossed out some strange and interesting UCBAC sports figures, that I think that's what I'll do again this week. My original plan was to put together a boys soccer power poll, but, and it pains me to admit this, I'm still catching up with that sport (as I've said about a dozen times already this season, I've been covering the girls games for the last three years). So, for the second straight week, here are some facts, numbers and stats that struck my fancy:

Zero: The number of losses the North Harford boys soccer team has suffered in 10 contests this season (eight regular-season matchups, two tournament games). The Hawks only non-victory came during a 1-1 tie with Patterson Mill on Sept. 20 (for Patterson Mill, that was the first of two draws with strong Chesapeake Division teams). I'm writing this on Thursday, when the Hawks were gearing up for a home game with Fallston (6-2-2 overall, 1-0-1 Chesapeake). That game will have told us a lot about how the upper division standings will shake out. (You can check out that result on line at http://www.exploreharford.com.)

2-1: That was the final score of last Friday's field hockey game, in which the C. Milton Wright Mustangs dropped the Fallston Cougars. Now, I know that for someone who doesn't even cover field hockey any more I've been writing a lot about it in this column, but, again, I can't resist. When I first started here at The Aegis in 2007 and was assigned field hockey coverage, the Cougars, who would go on to win four state titles in the next five seasons (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011), seemed to beat the Mustangs, 2-1, every time the two teams met. I'd have to dig through my clippings and The Aegis archives to verify that claim, but I'm pressed for time, so you'll just have to believe me. I remember at least three games from those first two seasons in which Fallston topped CMW, 2-1, with at least two of those going to sudden-death overtime. Add to that CMW seeming to suffer a heartbreaking loss in the regional tournament just about every year (back-to-back one-goal defeats in the final, I'm pretty sure), and you have the picture of a tough-luck team. But, now the Mustangs are sitting at 8-1 overall, and 3-0 in Chesapeake Division play after beating Patterson Mill, 2-1, on Wednesday. Could this be the year they do it? It might be, and it makes me wish I was still covering field hockey.

1,018, 13, 78: Those might look like randomly-picked lottery numbers, but they are actually the yards, touchdowns and total points of Fallston running back Marc Badger has posted so far this season. Let's start with his yardage. At 1,018 ( average of 203.6 per game), he is 258 yards ahead of the UCBAC's second leading rusher, Joe Peaker, of Perryville, (760 yards). With 78 total points on 13 touchdowns, Badger is 24 points and four touchdowns ahead of the conference's second-leading scorer, Andrew Smith, of North East, (54 points on nine touchdowns). The next best Harford County players in the scoring category are Edgewood's Izaiah Sneed and Noel Spencer, who both have 44 points (seven touchdowns, one two-point conversion). Nobody in the county is within 35 points of Badger's output, nor has any running back shouldered as much of his team's workload thus far (through five games, Badger has 127 rushing attempts, 21 more than Smith and 54 more than Sneed). Barring an injury or some other strange occurrence, Badger could realistically get near, or pass, the 2,000 yard barrier for the season.