After putting on an offensive clinic against Oxon Hill Oct. 1, the Spartans fell flat offensively in losing two straight games to rivals Eleanor Roosevelt and Northwestern.
Roosevelt raced out to an early lead, 34-0 by halftime, before running out the clock in the second half on the way to a 48-6 win over Laurel.
The Spartans got one touchdown in the third quarter but sputtered offensively, managing just 58 yards through the air and 11 yards on the ground. Laurel was further hindered by four penalties totaling up to 50 yards. The Spartans also managed just six first downs on the day but did force two Roosevelt fumbles.
Laurel's offense struggled again in a 36-0 loss to Northwestern Oct. 15, as the Wildcats forced four interceptions and picked up a fumble in shutting out the Spartans. Jarvis McClam passed for 88 yards and added 24 yards on the ground in the loss. Joel Roberson led all Spartan receivers with five catches for 68 yards.
Laurel will host the Wise Pumas Saturday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. The game, in commemoration of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, will be the school's second annual Pink Out football game. Each football player will wear a pink wristband, and both teams' cheerleaders will be dressed in pink outfits. The cheerleaders will also be taking donations to raise money for breast cancer research during the game.
The Panthers' struggles continued as they dropped their third straight game, losing 48-30 to St. Mary's to fall to 2-5 on the season.
Pallotti Prep led 8-7 after the first quarter after quarterback Rafi Correa connected with receiver Julian Mealy on a 65-yard touchdown pass and then converted the two-point conversion.
But St. Mary's answered with two touchdowns to take a 21-8 lead by halftime.
After halftime, the game turned into a shootout as the teams combined for 33 points in the third quarter.
St. Mary's opened up the second half with a touchdown run. Pallotti Prep immediately answered with a 60-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Mealy. St. Mary's responded with a 65-yard kickoff return of its own.
The teams traded one more rushing touchdown each to finish the third quarter with St. Mary's up 42-20
The Panthers travel to St. Paul's School in Brooklandville for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff Oct. 21.
Pallotti cross country
The Pallotti Prep boys cross country team dominated Cristo Rey and Jemicy 15-50 each, but were edged out 29-28 by Park School in their Oct. 12 meet. The Panthers also lost their final meet, 50-15, to St. Paul's School.
Juniors Griffin McWilliams, Andrew Jacobs and Nathan Samson finished second, fourth and sixth in the 37-runner field. The Panthers fell behind Park's runners early but pulled close in the final mile. McWilliams kept pace with Park runner Kyle Tribble, but fell just six seconds short of catching Tribble, which would have given Pallotti the upset.
The Lady Panthers fell to Mount de Sales and Bryn Mawr, 47-16 and 49-15, respectively in their joint meet Oct. 12. Senior captain Ruthie Heying led the Lady Panthers, finishing at 22:40. Pallotti Prep's girls cross country will close the season Oct. 26 at Oregon Ridge Park in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championships.
Pallotti Prep dropped the first set, but won three straight to clinch its regular season finale 3-1 over St. Mary's Annapolis.
Victoria Johnson led Pallotti with 19 kills and Carissa Hill added 11 digs. But freshman Paige Smith made her mark by serving 11 straight points, including six aces to clinch the winning set.
The Lady Panthers will open the IAAM tournament with an Oct. 25 quarterfinals matchup at Notre Dame Prep.
Pallotti Prep started off the final stretch of its season with a 3-1 victory over McDonogh School Oct. 6. The Lady Panthers split the first two sets, 25-14 and 16-25, but took the final two sets, 25-15, 25-14, to clinch the match. Hill led with 14 digs and four kills.
The Lady Panthers were not able to overcome a strong Mount de Sales team in their Oct. 11 matchup, falling 3-1 to the Sailors. Mount de Sales won the first set 25-16. Pallotti Prep played a strong second set to win, 25-15, but lost, 16-25, in each of the final two sets. Hill posted 13 digs, while Johnson added 12 kills in the loss.
The Lady Panthers lost another close but tough match to Notre Dame Prep Oct. 13, falling 3-2. Pallotti Prep took the first two sets, 25-16 and 25-22, but Notre Dame Prep swept the final three sets to take the match, which was Pallotti's senior night. Johnson again had a strong match with 27 kills, while Hill contributed 26 digs.
Finally, Pallotti Prep swept Georgetown Visitation to get back on the right track. The Lady Panthers won 25-21, 25-22 and 25-20. Johnson led with 18 kills, while Hill added 14 digs.
Roundup: After a 3-2 loss at Boys Latin Oct. 15, Pallotti Prep boys soccer now sits at 4-6-1 on the season. The Panthers host Glenelg Country Oct. 21, at 4 p.m.; and St. Mary's Oct. 24, at 6 p.m. before closing out the season against Park Oct. 26, at 4 p.m. … Pallotti Prep field hockey lost to Key, 3-1, Oct. 17 to fall to 1-6-1 on the season. The Lady Panthers travel to Baltimore Lutheran Oct. 21, before hosting Anne Arundel Christian School Oct. 24 to finish the season. The IAAM field hockey tournament will open play Oct. 28.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun