— For a lot of high school quarterbacks, passing for 1,000 yards in a season is a significant accomplishment. For Westminster's Deryk Kern, it's a three-game total.
The senior threw for 404 yards and tied the state public schools record for passing touchdowns with seven Friday night to lead the No. 6 Owls over Linganore, 49-14. Kern boosted his season totals to 1,045 yards passing and 17 touchdowns.
Garrett Bean caught five of those touchdown passes, also a state public schools record, as the senior had seven receptions for 188 yards.
Kern tied the record held by three other quarterbacks – Kennedy’s Melvin Harris in 2006; Arundel’s Billy Cosh in 2009; and Century’s Ryan Throndset in 2010. Bean tied the mark set by City’s Dwight Banks in 1993.
Against the Lancers, Kern completed 14 of 24 passes and also threw an interception. On two drives, he threw touchdown passes on the Owls’ first play from scrimmage.
“I knew they were in Cover 2,” Kern said of the Linganore defense, “and the places to attack were the middle of the field and the sideline. The whole time, I was just throwing to where my receiver was going to get open and they did the rest.”
Bean and Bradley Metcalf made some terrific moves to break open three long touchdowns – between 52 and 73 yards. Metcalf scored the longest one on a third-quarter, 73-yard reception that all but sealed the win and he totaled four catches for 136 yards. Darius Clifton also caught a touchdown, gaining 66 yards on three receptions.
"Tonight we definitely had a good rhythm," Bean said. "Sometimes it takes a us a while to get going, but when we pick up, we just go. Tonight we started off good and just didn't stop. We had that drive in the third quarter that kind of killed us a little bit, but once we got over that, we just kept going and there was no stopping us after that."
The Owls (3-0) jumped out to a 21-0 lead on Dern's 53-yard touchdown strike to Bean with 11:30 to go in the first half, but the Lancers (1-2) pulled within 28-14 on quarterback Clark Stieren's 3-yard sneak with 36.1 seconds left in the half.
Westminster got that back quickly as Dan Johnson (six carries, 61 yards) broke a long run to set up a 4-yard Kern touchdown pass to Bean with 6.3 seconds left in the half.
To open the second half, the Owls scored on their third play from scrimmage as Metcalf took the pass from Kern and broke to the inside then to the outside to elude several blockers — one thanks to a great block down field from Ryan Hursey.
The Owls offense then sputtered on their second drive with a host of penalty flags before Kern hit Bean with a 22-yard touchdown on the third drive for a 49-14 lead and a running clock with 3:25 left in the third quarter.
For the Owls, this marked the first time since 2005 that they have beaten Frederick County foes Urbana and Linganore in the same season. Last week, the Owls beat Urbana 35-21.
"Wow," said Westminster coach Brad Wilson. "Sometimes when you get in a rhythm it just goes. We had some great performances from some kids. Deryk throws the ball, but he's got four or five kids that can run with it after they catch it. These kids have been together since I brought them up together as sophomores. They've had three years with this offense. You've got to give credit to them. They work at it."
W 14 21 14 0 -- 49
L 0 14 0 0 -- 14
W—Bean 22 pass from Kern (Cohen kick)
W—Clifton 24 pass from Kern (Cohen kick)
W—Bean 53 pass from Kern (Cohen kick)
L—Weir 32 pass from Stieren (Parsons kick)
W—Bean 52 pass from Kern (Cohen kick)
L—Steieren 3 run (Parsons kick)
W—Bean 4 pass from Kern (Cohen kick)
W—Metcalf 73 pass from Kern (Cohen kick)
W—Bean 22 pass from Kern (Cohen kick)Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun