Catonsville's DeAndre Lane will never forget his first varsity football game starting on defense and every other Comet defender won't soon forget the outstanding job they did in Friday night's 27-7 triumph over visiting Boys' Latin.
Lane had two interceptions, one that halted a drive at the Comet 2-yard-line, and one he ran back 70 yards for a touchdown.
"I've been playing defense all my life and they always taught me on the quick slant to play a little back and then jump the route," he said.
Moment's before the pick he had a bone-jarring hit on Ben Pridemore on a slant pattern that made the Lakers leery of entering the danger zone.
As good as his defensive heroics were, the Comet offense sprung to life in the second half behind the senior combination of Jones to Jones.
Quarterback Aaron Jones connected on a perfect spiral to Julian Jones for a 21-yard touchdown pass that gave the Comets a 14-6 lead with 10:50 left in the fourth quarter.
After Lane (8 carries, 81 yards) raced 65 yards on a cutback run, Aaron Jones added an 8-yard touchdown pass to Julian Jones with 5:45 left, and Lane's interception return followed to put the game out of reach.
Catonsville led, 7-0, after Jerome Williams (10 carries, 65 yards) scored from 27 yards out and Eric Medinger booted the extra point on the Comets' first possession.
The Lakers had two drives inside the Comet 20 in the first half behind strong running from Brandon Cherry (26 carries, 122 yards), but they couldn't punch it in because of stellar Comet defensive plays from Antoine Wright, Joseth Hylton, Julian Jones, Sean Lipscomb, Devin Ray and Lane in the red zone.
"We had a lot of red zone opportunities and we made mistakes and they made some great plays," Boys' Latin coach Ritchie Schell said.
Catonsville gave the Lakers a golden opportunity when they mishandled a punt snap and turned the ball over an inch away from the goal line.
Quarterback Andrew Roswell crept in two plays later, but the extra point was blocked and the Comets maintained the lead they would never relinquish.
The Comets moved the ball outside in the second half on some outstanding option running from Aaron Jones (6 carries, 32 yards) as the Comets steered away from University of Georgia-bound defensive tackle Greg Pyke.
"We wanted to go ahead and make him make a lot of plays and he made a lot of them," said Catonsville coach Rich Hambor. "He's a great football player, and he's going to be a great college player."
Schell also praised the 6-foot-5, 310-pound right tackle's blocking as well as the work of tight end Christian Knight, but he was really impressed with the speed of the Comets.
"They've got some speed," Schell said.
The Comets had even more speed on the bench in dynamic 6-foot-5 wideout Deniko Carter, who missed the game because of a broken thumb.