Football: Carroll County teams gearing up for final push of regular season

Football: Carroll County teams gearing up for final push of regular season
Manchester Valley's Sam Riley doesn't make the catch while covered by Liberty's Chris Jones during the first half of their game in Manchester Friday, October 19, 2018. (Dylan Slagle / Carroll County Times)

With two more weeks to go in the regular season, Carroll’s football teams are eyeing a strong finish — and a few have playoff aspirations.

Century resumes county play when it hosts Winters Mill on Friday. The Knights (5-3, 3-1 county) came up short at Boonsboro last week and look to close out the remaining two weeks of the regular season with victories. The Knights sit fourth in the Class 2A West Region standings, and the top four teams advance to the postseason.


The Falcons (2-6, 1-3) boast one of the county’s top rushers in quarterback Alex Barnes. On the ground, Barnes has 687 yards and 10 touchdowns, which leads Carroll.

Century’s JT Schneider has 599 rushing yards and six TDs. Senior Jalen Stanton’s 19 receptions for 309 yards leads the Knights as well.

Dylan Wardle and Charlie Hackett lead the defense with 55.5 and 53.5 tackles.

Liberty looks to improve to 9-0 when the Lions host Francis Scott Key. The Lions routed Manchester Valley 42-0 last week for their fourth shutout on the season. The Lions scored on each of their first five drives — junior quarterback Nate Kent ran in for two touchdowns and added two passing scores, all in the first half.

The Eagles (3-5, 0-4) fell to South Carroll last week, 33-7.

Junior McClain Butler leads Liberty — and the county — with 91 tackles, while Kent and Nick Henderson pace the Lions’ running game.

Kent has 1,193 yards and 19 touchdowns this year as one of the county’s passing leaders as well.

FSK’s Steven Keeney, a senior, is one of the Eagles’ rushing leaders with 328 yards and five touchdowns.

Meanwhile, Liberty is second in the 2A West playoff standings, trailing only 8-0 Damascus.

Manchester Valley travels to South Carroll for a 5 p.m. clash on Friday. The Mavericks (2-6, 1-4) look to rebound from two straight county losses when they close out county play against the Cavaliers (4-4, 2-2). SC travels to Westminster in Week 10 after playing at Parker Field on Friday.

Cavs quarterback Mason Gavin threw two touchdown passes and carried one in for an 18-yard score last week. He also leads SC in rushing with 489 yards and three TDs. At quarterback, he’s thrown for 11 touchdowns and 982 yards.

Ryan Gallagher helps pace the Cavs on defense — his 56 tackles lead the team.

Man Valley senior receiver Sam Riley leads Carroll with 44 receptions for 502 yards and four touchdowns, and Brandon Yingling has scored twice on the ground with 564 rushing yards.

Westminster (6-2) eyes a potential non-county victory 7-2 record when they travel to Salesianum in Wilmington, Delaware. The high-scoring Owls used touchdowns from seven different players to defeat Winters Mill 57-7 last week


Westminster senior Jaden Louis leads the county with 731 rushing yards. Senior Tavian Montgomery leads the team’s receiving unit with 25 receptions for 319 yards and four touchdowns.

The Owls boast Owen Babylon and Jake Busic to help lead the team’s defensive unit — Babylon has 50 tackles and Busic has 45.

Westminster is third in the 3A West playoff standings.

The Sallies (5-2) are one of the top teams in Delaware, and they won their first four games of the season, including a 38-6 victory Sept. 28 over Urbana. The Owls defeated Salesianum 30-20 at Ruby Field last year.