Century quarterback Brett Kropinski throws a pass during an afternoon practice in Eldersburg Wednesday, August 29, 2018.
Century quarterback Brett Kropinski throws a pass during an afternoon practice in Eldersburg Wednesday, August 29, 2018. (Dylan Slagle / Carroll County Times)

Last year’s meeting between Francis Scott Key and Century was nothing short of exhilarating as the Knights escaped with a 35-34 win.

This time around it was another tight matchup to open up Carroll County Athletic League play — but points were harder to come by, forcing both offenses to grind out yards throughout the entirety of four quarters.


And Century found last-second success, again.

With 38 seconds remaining, quarterback Brett Kropinski rolled to his left and found a target in senior wide receiver Brandon Will in the left corner of the end zone, which lifted Century to a 14-7 victory.

Kropinski completed just 6 passes for 90 yards but his final throw proved to be the difference.

Both teams came into Friday night’s game with a record of 2-1 looking for their third straight win.

FSK took an early 7-0 lead and marched 11 plays on the opening drive, capped by a 6-yard touchdown pass from Steven Keeney to Bobby Sylves.

Keeney finished 3-of-7 for 26 passing yards on the night and paced FSK’s Wing-T offensive attack with 71 rushing yards on 10 carries.

A run-heavy approach from both sides chewed up the clock, making every possession that much more important.

Two drives later, Century (3-1, 1-0 county) answered with a score of its own. Behind the aid of his offensive line, Kropinski powered his way into the end zone on a quarterback sneak to bring Century back early in the second quarter 7-7.

The Knights threatened again with an 11-play drive just before the half, setting up Kevin Hackett with a field goal attempt, but his kick sailed wide left.

Opportunities ran scarce through the third quarter. Penalties halted drives and punters received plenty of work.

Early in the fourth quarter, just inches away from a score, Century running back JT Schneider was stuffed on a fourth-and-goal chance on the FSK 1-yard line by a pack of Eagles’ defenders.

Schneider failed to find the end zone after doing so three times against North Hagerstown last Saturday, but was a workhorse back for the Knights.

He finished with 102 rushing yards on 22 carries and his white uniform was stained dark brown by the end of the game from a physical performance.

FSK (2-2, 0-1) was given one final opportunity with less than 30 seconds to play, but Keeney’s desperation heave was intercepted, sealing the win for Century.


Both teams are set to continue CCAL play next Friday. Century travels on the road to face Manchester Valley while FSK makes the trek to Westminster.

Century 0 7 0 7 — 14

Francis Scott Key 7 0 0 0 — 7


FSK-Bobby Sylves 6 pass from Steven Keeney (Reese Sauter kick)

C-Brett Kropinski 2 run (Kevin Hackett kick)

C-Brandon Will 14 pass from Kropinski (Hackett kick)