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Football: Same conditions, better result for Century vs. FSK

In what is becoming a tradition, Century and Francis Scott Key football players left with muddy cleats and wet uniforms.

The Knights and the Eagles battled rain for their county showdown for the second consecutive year, but this year's matchup wasn't nearly as close.

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With light showers falling throughout, junior running back Stephen Shinholt rushed for 83 yards in Century's 48-0 win Friday night. Most of his yards came in the first half. Like many Century starters, Shinholt took a seat in the second half so reserves could get valuable playing time.

Last year, Century needed a touchdown with 10 seconds left to pull off a 19-14 win over FSK in one of the most competitive county matchups of the season. The Eagles were leading for most of the second half of that game, which was played in heavy rain.

Plenty of showers this time around, too. Not nearly as much drama.

At least some of that can be chalked up to Century's dominance on the line.

Century (4-1, 2-0 county) returned four starters on the line, and it's a unit that spent a considerable amount of time offseason in the gym. The results have shown. For example, senior Christian Bergamaschi added 60 pounds to his personal best on the bench press.

"We knew this was going to be our last year," Bergamaschi said of his fellow seniors, "and we wanted to give it everything we had."

In sloppy conditions on Friday night, they more than held their own.

The Century defense limited FSK's wing-T offense to 90 rushing yards, and the Knights relied on a steady rushing attack and big plays in the passing game to surge to a 34-0 halftime lead.

Century quarterback Collin Ende had two touchdown passes, the first to Jake Lettierre, the second to Owen Gams.

Sophomore Tavion Montgomery had an interception and Noah Gams recovered a punt blocked by Jimmy Wiley in a second quarter full of big plays for the Knights (4-1, 2-0 county). In the fourth quarter, Max Downs added an interception.

The Knights have not given up a touchdown in the last eight quarters. Coach Jim Holzman said he liked the way his team was winning with big plays coming on offense, defense and special teams.

Nate Imes, who came into the game leading Carroll County in rushing, had 80 yards for FSK (0-5, 0-1). Steven Keeney had two catches for 60 yards.

In last year's game against Century, FSK senior lineman Tommy Mahoney, a FSK fan favorite, broke a bone in his leg in two places and had to leave the field on an ambulance.

He had a much better night Friday. Moments before the game, Mahoney, dressed in full uniform, performed a tremendous rendition of the national anthem in the press box with four of his classmates, a vocal group called the Keys.

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Mahoney then ran down the press box steps and lined up at defensive tackle in the kind of sloppy conditions linemen like Mahoney love.

He remained upbeat despite the Eagles difficult start to the season.

"This was my last Homecoming game," Mahoney said, "And, you know, I am still so proud of the [players] next to me."

Century 14 20 7 7 — 48

Francis Scott Key 0 0 0 0 — 0

SCORING SUMMARY

C-Jake Lettierre 35 pass from Collin Ende (Alex Prokic kick)

C-Stephen Shinholt 1 run (kick failed)

C-Noah Gams recovery in end zone (Prokic kick)

C-Owen Gams 35 pass from Ende (Prokic kick)

C-Bryce Harrell 65 pass from Ende (Prokic kick)

C-Brendan Montgomery 21 run (Prokic kick)

C-Scott Murri 13 run (Prokic kick)

UNOFFICIAL STATS

Rushing

C-Shinholt 14-83, Ende 4-74, Brendan Montgomery 5-39, Owen Gams 1-12, Chris Diorio 1-5, Scott Murri 4-39, Owen Gams 1-9; FSK-Nate Imes 13-80, Jacob Pirrung 4--8, Drew O'Melia 3-7, Bobby Sylves 4-3, Aiden Mosher 2-8.

Passing

C-Ende 4-7-1 152, Diorio 2-3-1 21; FSK-Pirrung 3-9-2 70.

Receiving

C-Lettierre 1-35, Owen Gams 1-35, Bryce Harrell 1-65, Anthony Perrone 1-17, Montgomery 1-0, Nick Monteleone 1-21; FSK-Steven Keeney 2-56, Nate Imes 1-14.

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