The Owls (9-2) have not lost since dropping their first two games of the season, and much of that can be attributed to a defense led by junior Erick Stranko and seniors Ethan Zepp, Matt Annulis, Haden Hoff, Jack Conrad and Tre Price.
The Owls got past a persistent Marriotts Ridge team 16-7, thanks to touchdown runs from running backs Nate Mattingly and Erick Stranko, and a strong defensive performance in Friday’s Class 3A East second-round playoff game at Ruby Field.
Team White defeated Team Dark 3-2, thanks to goals from South Carroll’s Kiersten Straley and Julia Weiss. Liberty’s Christine Goetz made it 1-0 early, and Westminster’s Audrey Detrow knocked in a late goal in the second half to get Team Dark to within one.
There were 7 minutes, 35 seconds left in overtime when freshman forward Jess Kent took a cross from senior defender Emma Border and pushed the ball into the cage to secure a 2-1 victory. The Owls will face Urbana in the 3A state final Saturday at Washington College.
Butler is a two-time Times first-team all-countian, and led the county in tackles as a sophomore and junior — he compiled 91 in 2017 and 123 in 2018. He leads the county with 125 tackles through eight games this fall.
The Lions boys cross country team repeated as county, regional, and state champions for a fourth straight season last fall, and captured their fourth straight county meet title Thursday by placing five athletes in the top 10.
Century and Liberty were tied 2-2 to set up overtime in a battle for the Carroll County Athletic League title Tuesday. Britos, a Lions sophomore, scored on a free kick with less than two minutes into the first overtime period to help the Lions capture second county title in three seasons.
The Falcons won their first three games of the season, but dropped their next six — all shutouts. Sophomore defender Leah Taylor made sure it wouldn’t happen for a seventh time, and scored a goal with three minutes, 38 seconds left in sudden-death overtime to give the Falcons the 1-0 victory over the Owls.
Juniors Landon Bruce and Dereik Crosby II led the Knights (4-2) with two touchdowns apiece. Bruce, who also performed at quarterback for most of the evening, led with 29 carries for 212 yards (unofficially).
Liberty senior forward Alanna Wray scored two goals in a little more than 2 minutes to give the Lions a 2-0 lead over Manchester Valley in the first 10 minutes of play, and the visiting Lions went on to win 3-0 in a Carroll County Athletic League contest Thursday.
Century, which boasts the county’s leading rusher in junior Landon Bruce, hosts Manchester Valley in sight of their third straight county victory. The Knights (3-2, 2-1 Carroll County Athletic League) routed Francis Scott Key 35-6 last week, and Bruce scored three touchdowns to help the Knights win.