Marriotts Ridge spoils Long Reach's homecoming, 28-27, in OT

A week after shocking defending county champ Atholton, 13-12, Long Reach fell to Marriotts Ridge, 28-27, in overtime on Saturday.

Marriotts Ridge, which ended a 32-game losing streak earlier this season, had never beaten Long Reach before.

The Mustangs battled back from a 12-0 first half deficit, eventually taking a 13-12 lead midway through the third quarter. In the fourth quarter Lightning running back Daquan Dixon scored a touchdown and two-point conversion to put Long Reach back on top, 20-13, but Marriotts Ridge tied the game at 20-20 with about six minutes to go.

In overtime, Dixon scored again on Long Reach's first possession, and the Lightning kicked the extra point.

Marriotts Ridge won the game when quarterback Chase Sanchez hit Duncan Campbell for a touchdown and two-point conversion in overtime. Marcus Smith led the Mustangs on the ground with 183 yards and two touchdowns.

"We just hung around and hung around and there we were at the end," coach Tom Minard said. "We all kind of looked at each other like, did that really happen?

"I've been telling the kids, you just never know. You just go out and compete and anything can happen."

Long Reach (1-4) has had a streak of 14 consecutive seasons without a losing record.

The upset came a day after several other surprising results, as Hammond (2-3) upset Howard (3-2), 39-28, and Wilde Lake (3-2) shut out Reservoir (2-3), 7-0.

The 2012 Howard County football season has already featured three overtime games at the halfway point, and Long Reach has played in two of them.

In more predictable finishes on Saturday, Atholton (4-1) defeated visiting Centennial (1-4), 25-0, earning its first shut out of the season, and Mt. Hebron (5-0) stayed perfect with a 29-0 win over visiting Oakland Mills (0-5). It was also the Vikings' first shut out of the season.

Atholton's scores came on a pair of touchdown passes from Luke Casey (8/15, 116 yards) to Keyon Pinnock (5 catches, 92 yards) and two rushing touchdowns by Isaac Murray (13 carries, 140 yards), including a 75-yarder.

Pat Mullens (14), Godfrey Ovia (12) and Brian Gsell (12) led the Raiders on the tackling chart, and Ben Mathews collected 2.5 sacks. Jordan Mason broke up one pass and intercepted another, and Mullens, Graham Kantor and Jamal Washington each recovered fumbles.

For Centennial, Walter Fletcher (71) and Michael Price (64) combined for 135 rushing yards, and Austin Kraisser intercepted a pass. Quinn Western returned two kicks for 45 yards.

At Mt. Hebron, Jackson Porter (42 yards) and Marty Stevenson (83) each returned second half interceptions for touchdowns to break open their homecoming win over Oakland Mills. Porter rushed for 98 yards, and also scored on a 21-yard run. Zach Nicholas had 73 yards rushing/receiving, including a 4-yard score.

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