Century started its Class 2A West Region semifinal matchup against Walkersville competitively, but a dismal stretch to end the first half put the game out of reach as the Lions went on to a 48-7 rout.

Walkersville (11-0) scored the first two touchdowns of the game, although in the second quarter Century put up a fight on defense. The Knights (8-3) forced two turnovers on downs, but then a complete breakdown occurred.


In the last 1 minute, 55 seconds of the half, Century turned the ball over three consecutive times. And each time Walkersville's Jacob Wetzel responded with a rushing touchdown.

All three of those touchdowns came on the first play following the turnover and put the Knights down 34-0 heading into halftime. Wetzel finished with a game-high 197 rushing yards on just nine carries.

"We turned over the ball a couple times and that's the kind of team that if you give them a short field they'll take advantage of it," Knights coach Jim Holzman said. "I thought we played really hard, we had a lot of guys banged up and injured and nobody made any excuses and we stayed in it … this is our second best season in Century history and it was fun being in this playoff atmosphere."

One of those banged-up players was quarterback Collin Ende, who missed Friday's game with an injury. Senior Chris Diorio filled in and played the entire game. Diorio struggled to get into a rhythm and the rushing attack didn't provide any relief for the stagnate offense.

Century's leading rusher was Anthony Perrone — he finished with one yard on two attempts.

Diorio completed a few short passes early on, but as the contest went on his mistakes grew. He finished 8-for-23 for 125 yards and four interceptions. But Diorio finally hit his mark with a long pass late in the fourth quarter.

With the Knights already down 48 points with a little more than two minutes remaining in their season, Diorio threw it long down the right sideline and found senior Bryce Harrell for an 84-yard connection and a touchdown.

"It's a really good way to end your senior year, the last play getting a big touchdown felt pretty good and it's a lot better than getting shut out," Harrell said. "I'm proud, I think we really turned this program around, we were kind of down the last few years, but these last two years we've pulled together … we went 8-3 this year and that's pretty damn good."

Two years ago Holzman had at least five different sophomores playing on the varsity squad as the Knights struggled week in and week out. Before that season started he said he thought they had some real young talent, and he hoped to rebuild a winning culture.

Although it was a large defeat Friday night, it was the culmination of that young talent improving and it capped off an eight-win season for Century.

"They've done a really good job of carrying the program, buying into the weight room and offseason conditioning and this year I think they got to reap the fruits of their labor," Holzman said of his senior class. "Getting a chance to play for a county championship is not somewhere we've been very often in the last seven or eight years, so I think the seniors can look back and know that they put their mark on the program and hopefully the program continues to get better and better."

Century 0 0 0 7 — 7

Walkersville 13 21 14 0 — 48



W-Chad Gleason 15 run (Jake Borowski kick)

W-Ty Littleton 3 run (kick failed)

W-Jacob Wetzel 23 run (Littleton run)

W-Wetzel 48 run (Borowski kick)

Wetzel 27 run (kick failed)

W-Littleton 5 run (Borowski kick)

W-Patrick Pope 25 interception return (Noah Sadler kick)

C-Bryce Harrell 84 pass from Chris Diorio (Christian Bergamaschi kick)



C-Anthony Perrone 2-1, Jake Schneider 2-0, Kevin Pearson 2-0, Brendan Montgomery 1-(-3), Tavion Montgomery 2-(-5), Chris Diorio 4-(-9); W-Jacob Wetzel 9-197, Ty Littleton 16-77, Chad Gleason 7-25, Christian Policelli 5-16, Tyler Gleason 1-4, Bily Gant 2-2.


C-Diorio 8-23-4 125; W-Gant 1-3-0 38.


C-Perrone 3-20, Bryce Harrell 2-88, Pearson 2-6, Ashley Roberts 1-11; W-Wetzel 1-38.