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Monday Morning QB: Reitz shines for MV in first loss of season

In a muddy loss at home against South Carroll, Manchester Valley could still take comfort in a few positive notes.

For one, the Mavericks were almost never completely out of contention, despite not scoring for the final three quarters of play. While the defense was torched for the most points it's given up in any game so far this season, the unit played well enough to keep things interesting until the end.

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That said, one of the brightest spots for the defense all season has been the play of Parker Reitz. Normally the biggest player on the field every night — except for Friday, with 6-foot-7 South Carroll tackle Brian Plummer playing on the other side of the ball — Reitz commands extra attention from opposing offenses.

He was especially disruptive on a first-quarter South Carroll drive, recording five tackles for loss. Against one of the largest offensive lines in Carroll County, the senior mostly had his way throughout much of the game.

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"What I did was I took my strongest lineman and I put it on him, and I kept it that way for a half until the second half, and then they started moving him around away from [Steven] Stockslager," South Carroll coach Steve Luette said. "That's what we did to neutralize him in the beginning, because he was playing really well and I was trying to figure out what was going on."

Reitz missed the first two games of the year due to injury, and already had one sack to his credit entering Friday night's matchup with the Cavaliers. He finished the game with 11 total tackles, which included a pair of sacks, for a season-high.

Lions' switch paying off

It's not often you see a high school team switch starting quarterbacks after a 2-2 start to the season.

But that's what Liberty did on Friday night against Winters Mill. The week before, the Lions lost 28-0 to South Carroll and struggling senior quarterback David Downs was lifted in favor of junior signal-caller Ben Agostino for the second half.

Even though Downs was no longer under center against the Falcons, the 6-foot-2 senior still found ways to contribute to the Lions' 35-0 win. At wide receiver, he hauled in two passes for 38 yards and also did a nice job of run blocking for Liberty's potent rushing attack, led by Nick Bonomo who scored four times.

"He had three or four tremendous blocks that really helped the running game," Lions coach Larry Luthe said. "He played with great character [Friday night]. To me, that's a true leader, to put your team in front of yourself. He showed true leadership by just doing what he can do to the best of his ability."

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Agostino also fared well in his first start. Despite the heavy rains and high winds, the junior connected on 13 of his 21 pass attempts for 166 yards.

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Monday Night Football

North Carroll was the lone county school to postpone its game Friday night. The winless Panthers will welcome 0-4 Brunswick, which lost, 41-9, last week against Boonsboro.

A victory will end North Carroll's longest losing streak since 2012.

Roundup

Francis Scott Key came within 10 seconds of ending what is now a 14-game losing streak. Century quarterback Adam Lanni's 1-yard sneak helped seal the deal against the Eagles. The Knights improve to 4-1 on the season. ... 2006 Westminster graduate Kevin Clancy bested his alma mater on Friday night. The former Owls quarterback who led his team to the state finals now serves as an assistant coach for South Hagerstown. The Rebels topped Westminster, 33-13.

Staff writer Jake Rill contributed to this article


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