Perhaps it's something in the Gatorade, but this was an exceptional fall for Howard County high school sports teams.
River Hill High went undefeated (14-0) and won a state football championship, its second straight and fourth in six years..
In boys soccer, Reservoir High won its second state title in three years in its classification, while Marriotts Ridge won its fourth straight title in its division.
In girls soccer, River Hill won its eighth state title.
In field hockey, both Atholton and Glenelg won state titles in their respective divisions.
In girls cross country, Reservoir won the team title and Brit Lang, of Oakland Mills, won an individual title.
And in golf, Marriotts Ridge won the state team title while Bennett Buch, of Marriotts Ridge, and Bryana Nguyen, of Atholton, won individual titles.
A remarkable haul, all things considered. Everyone concerned, from players to coaches to parents, deserves a hearty pat on the back.