The environment at Parker Field was bustling Friday night.
South Carroll's student section donned pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Cavaliers football team matched that with pink eye black. South Carroll wasted no time in making its Homecoming game a memorable one, too. The Cavs earned their second county win in a 50-20 victory over Winters Mill.
Senior running back Jamar Williams had 13 carries for 257 rushing yards and five touchdowns — his second straight game with five scores for the Cavs.
"They spent a lot of time preparing for this game and we put some new things in, new wrinkles to get ready," Cavs coach Steve Luette said. "The line was blocking well, he read the blocks, made some nice cuts. Our defense buckled down when we needed to and we had a nice interception there that got us back on track to help us score so it's a total team effort and that's what we need pitching in and doing their jobs and winning as a team and it worked out that way tonight."
Winters Mill possessed the ball for the majority of the first quarter, but was unable to score. Williams dived through the Falcons' defense on South Carroll's second drive of the game for a 36-yard touchdown, his first of the night.
Sophomore quarterback Alex Barnes attempted a pass on the Falcons' second drive, but Jake Klein intercepted it with 3:06 left in the first quarter. The Cavaliers (3-3, 2-1 county) picked up a pair of first downs and senior quarterback AJ Linn dashed in for a 12-yard run, followed by a 2-point conversion run from Jacob Snell.
On fourth-and-4 at the 33-yard line, Barnes connected with Cody Freels for a 33-yard score to get the Falcons on the board, 22-7.
Williams scored the next two SC touchdowns for 93 yards total — a 40-yard scamper and a 53-yarder with 3:08 to go that had the crowd on their feet as he found the end zone for the third time.
"The line was just pushing really hard and they opened the holes," Williams said. "It just happened."
The Cavs intercepted a second pass with 2:14 to go that set up another scoring drive. Bergman made it 36-7 with a 3-yard run with 1:44 on the clock. Winters Mill (2-4, 0-2) started its next drive at the 39 where Barnes went 7-for-9 on pass completions. Nate Forte brought the Falcons within 23 of the Cavs with no time on the clock at the half.
Williams notched one of his final two scores of the game at the start of the third quarter. With 4:28 to go, Winters Mill blocked South Carroll's punt in the end zone for a score — but the Cavaliers still led 43-20.
After Williams' fifth touchdown, the student section started "I Believe That We Will Win" chants.
"Everybody did a good job, they enjoyed playing, they played hard and we had some nice hard hits out there," Luette said. "All the players that got out there on the field did an excellent job from what I can see from the sideline. We'll go back to review it on film and correct the mistakes to hopefully get better next week but you always have to get better every week, you can't stay the same."
Winters Mill junior running back Glen Acha led the Falcons with 18 carries for 91 yards. Nate Forte had 11 carries for 58 yards and one score. Barnes completed 17 of 30 passes for 100 yards.
The Falcons are on a four-game losing streak after suffering losses against non-county opponents Poolesville and North Harford. The Falcons dropped last week's county opener against Liberty.
The Cavs shut out the Falcons 41-0 in Westminster and didn't lose a county game last season. Two weeks ago, they lost to Liberty for the first time in eight years, but rebounded and beat Manchester Valley 38-14 last week.
"I just want to have fun," Williams said. "The people I'm playing with now, I love them, they're my brothers."
WM-Glen Acha 18-91, Troy Blessing 3-7, Nate Forte 11-58, Alex Barnes 4-24, Brian Deckelman 1-1, Ryan Koch 1-(-2); SC-Jamar Williams 18-257, Dylan Bergman 6-29, AJ Linn 2-22, Ryan Oden 4-14, Cole Evans 3-18, Logan Boeckmann 1-4.