Much of the team's improvement can be contributed to the strong leadership qualities displayed by Sean Burke and Peter Kump.

According to head coach Tommy Tittsworth, the Vikings' biggest accomplishment should not be measured by wins and losses, but in the progression players have made over the course of the season.

After beginning the season on a four-game winning streak, Oakland Mills dropped its final six contests after being bitten by the injury bug.

Several Scorpions were called up to the varsity squad, but despite the adversity, the team managed to rally around one another in an effort to finish the season out strong.


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Captains Kam Coleman and Shawn Harris were major contributors on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, respectively. Oakland Mills also received inspired play from Kholton Allen, Da'Zairius Savoy, Racine Auguste and Brandon Bahn.

"The Scorpions have a strong foundation built with the underclassmen," coach Jimmy Di Pietro said. "The future is as bright as the off-season effort level."

Reservoir finished with an 8-2 record while scoring 27.8 points per game and allowing only 10.6 per contest.

Running back Craig Jones rushed for over 1,000 yards and accounted for 16 TDs. Wide receiver Christian Lyles had over 750 all-purpose yards and eight receiving TDs. Quarterback Jack Berry threw for 1,000-plus yards with 16 scores. Joey Janush was the Gators' top possession receiver with four TDs.

Stephen Sims, Nick Busia, Steven Schinner, Steven Petrillo and freshman Shawn Hamilton anchored the offensive line.

Linebackers Brett Davis and JT Arias - along with DE Sims and SS Matt Marsh - anchored the defense. Freshmen Joshua Young and Dustin Windon also started on the defense and made huge contributions in their first year on the team.

For the first time in eight seasons, River Hill did not boast the best county record after finishing with a 3-7 mark.

With several sophomores being brought up to the county-champion varsity team, the Hawks' roster was full of inexperienced players and freshmen starting on both sides of the ball.

Linemen Robert Haid, Darius Khademi, Ryan Kotewicz and James Pak were stout up front. River Hill's main offensive weapons came from the skill positions, where RB John Kanda, WR Kyle Mcgill, QB Noah Thyberg and TE Patrick Gover all contributed.

Linebacker Zachery Beard and DE Tyler Smith led the defense, while LBs Garrett Connors, Griffin Connors, Jacob Howland and Chris Gruenke all had solid seasons for a group that was returning zero starters from last year.

Colin Altman was used in a variety of positions, starting at kicker and cornerback. Altman kicked a game-winning 22-yard field goal against Long Reach in the season opener with about three minutes to play.

With the experience gained this season, the freshman will be expected to return the team to form in 2013.

Field hockey

Sophomore Maureen Maclean led Centennial (5-5-2 overall, 5-4-2 county) with 14 goals and classmate Kate Monroe added seven goals.

"Maureen and Kate did a great job of scoring but we can't forget about the young ladies assisting goals," coach Katie Grimm said. "They do a lot of work for little credit."

Monroe had seven assists to mirror her goals scored, while sophomore Brittany Davis contributed six assists. Defensively, Lisa Lee had three goal-line-sweeping saves this year.