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Football roundup: Franklin speeds past Hereford, 38-22

Tom Worgo, Baltimore Sun Media Group

2:07 AM EST, November 10, 2012

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The second time Franklin quarterback Jackson Thornton touched the ball Friday night, he threw a 72-yard touchdown pass to Steven Smothers.

Thornton's fourth pass was a 42-yard completion to Reggie Ellis.

The quarterback rushed for a score on Franklin's sixth offensive play.

Thornton was just getting warmed up as were his teammates.

The host Indians (10-1) scored 17 points in the first four minutes en route to a 38-22 victory over Hereford in the Class 3A North Region semifinal in Reisterstown.

Franklin's big-play ability was too much for the Bulls (7-4). Thornton threw for 233 yards and three touchdowns, completing 13 of 23 passes.

The Indians' Reggie Ellis also rushed for a 57-yard touchdown.

No. 3 River Hill 48, Mount Hebron 13: Jason Park had two interceptions for touchdowns and Stephan Osong had a 15-yard return on a blocked punt all in the first half for the host Hawks (11-0) in Class 3A East.

No. 11 Atholton 21, Reservoir 20, OT: Host Atholton (10-1) edged Reservoir (6-5) in the 3A East regional semifinals.

The Raiders dominated time of possession in the first half, building 14-0 halftime lead on a 30-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Luke Casey to Keyon Pinnock and a short run by junior Isaac Murray.

But Reservoir stopped Atholton twice on fourth down by inches in the second half, and scored twice — on an 18-yard pass from Max Schuster to James Simms, and a 77-yard double-pass play from Mohamed El-zein to Robert Armstrong — to send the game to overtime.

Atholton's Jamal Washington blocked the kick after the first touchdown, but the Gators scored on a 2-point conversion pass from Schuster to Simms on the second score to make up for it.

Casey scored first in overtime on a 5-yard run, and freshman Kyle Butts kicked his third extra point of the game to put Atholton ahead, 21-14.

Reservoir then needed only one play — a 10-yard run up the middle by junior Avian White — to score its touchdown.

The Gators opted to go for the game-winning conversion run rather than kick the extra point, but Raiders junior linebacker Cody Stolar stopped White a few yards short to seal the victory.

The Raiders will visit rival River Hill (11-0) Friday night for the regional championship.

Andrew Conrad

Sherwood 26, Catonsville 7: The Comets (7-4) trailed 13-7 with eight minutes left in the game, but the Warriors (9-2) scored two late touchdowns.

DeAndre Lane ran for 114 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries for Catonsville.

Sherwood's Moses Vines ran for 112 yards on 19 carries and scored two touchdowns.

Baltimore Sun staff contributed to this article.