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Century, Man Valley on rise heading into Week 4

With three weeks of play in the books, tonight marks the first intra-county games of the football season.

Excluding independent Westminster, six of the league's seven teams will face off against one another, with Winters Mill having to wait one more week to get into the Carroll conversation. While North Carroll has yet to record a victory this season after starting last year at 3-0, Century is on a two-game win streak, and the team seems to get stronger each week.

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The last time the Knights began the season at 2-1 or better was 2008, when the team went undefeated during the regular season and reached the state semifinals.

"It'd be nice to get people excited again about football at our high school," Century coach Jim Holzman said. "And the easiest and best way to do that is to win football games."

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Last week in a win over North Hagerstown, quarterback Adam Lanni completed 19 of his 31 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns.

On defense, Jake Lettiere has two interceptions on the season, while Brandon Brown and Johnny Pearson each have one.

Century's productivity has improved in each game this season, which won't bode well for a North Carroll squad looking to turn things around. The Panthers traveled to Smithsburg last week and scored their first touchdown of the season in the lopsided loss.

"They're going to be tough," Holzman said. "[Panthers coach Todd Edmondson} does a good job over there. Defensively, he always has tough kids."

After a South Carroll loss to South Hagerstown last week, Manchester Valley is the county's only 3-0 team.

Ethan Bare had three rushing scores as the methodical Manchester Valley offense had little difficulty putting points on the board.

After a weather-induced bye week, FSK got back out on the field in a losing effort against Walkersville. At 0-2, they join the Panthers as the county's only two teams still searching for a win.

The Mavericks will travel to Uniontown looking to improve that unblemished record.

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Steven Baca went for more than 100 yards on the ground for the Cavaliers once again last week, and quarterback AJ Linn hit six different receivers in the team's loss.

South Carroll is the only league team to have an exclusively-Carroll County schedule for the rest of the regular season. This week, however, the Cavaliers are set to meet Liberty in a crosstown rivalry game.

Last year, South Carroll took down the Lions on two separate occasions — once in the regular season, and then again in Eldersburg during the Class 2A West Region championship.

Liberty got back on the right track last week in a home victory against Williamsport.

The Lions haven't won the matchup against the Cavaliers since 2008.

Winters Mill will take on North Harford at home tonight after losing on the road last week against Poolesville

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Patrick Brown threw for a touchdown and ran in another score, but the Falcons couldn't hold onto an early 7-0 lead.

Then there's Westminster, which earned its first win of the season last week against Urbana, and did so in impressive fashion.

Ian Gould kicked a pair of 30-yard field goals — one to tie things up, and then another to secure the victory as time expired. Nick Twardowski had two touchdowns in about 30 seconds in the third quarter, which helped the Owls climb back into the game. The win was also the first for new head coach Matt Study.

With the amount of parity throughout Carroll County so far this season, Holzman said the beginning of league play should make things even more interesting.

His team, which could start its year at 3-1 after tonight, is just one example of why.

"I think it's more exciting for the county," the coach said. "To have any team be able to win any night."

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Tonight's games

North Carroll at Century

Manchester Valley at FSK

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Liberty at South Carroll

North Hagerstown at Westminster

North Harford at Winters Mill

All games at 7 p.m.


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