Labor Day weekend has come and gone, and that means the first full week of action for Carroll's fall high school sports teams.
Twenty-five public school county squads have game scheduled for today, with more in store for the remainder of the week. So let's take at look at each sport to see what's on tap for the next few days.
Carroll has a light running week coming up. Century and Winters Mill are scheduled for the Track & Trail Invite at Fair Hill Race Track near Elkton on Saturday, and South Carroll has a quad meet Sept. 12 including Francis Scott Key, Manchester Valley, and Westminster.
Liberty's boys started the 2016 season by winning the Large Schools division title at Brunswick Invite on Saturday. Lions senior Nick Tilson finished fourth. Meanwhile, Winters Mill senior Emma Kartalia was second on the girls side and the Falcons placed fifth. WM's boys were seventh.
South Carroll's boys were third in the Small Schools division, and Francis Scott Key ran fifth. SC's Jason Cave place fifth in that race. The Cavaliers were third on the girls side and FSK was sixth.
Five games take the field today in non-county action, with Francis Scott Key looking to keep its offensive surge going early on. The Eagles, who visit Catoctin, beat Thomas Johnson 10-0 on Friday.
Westminster tried to shake an 0-2 start by traveling to Middletown, while Winters Mill (1-0) and Manchester Valley (1-1) each host games today. The Falcons face Tuscarora while the Mavericks host Walkersville. South Carroll's season opener is at Mount de Sales.
Carroll went 4-3 in Week 1, with Winters Mill snapping a nine-game losing streak and Westminster avenging a blowout loss in last season's opener.
The Falcons took care of Patterson Mill on Friday, 25-7, behind two touchdowns and an interception from senior Dimeon Wright. Winters Mill hadn't won a game since Week 1 of last fall.
On Saturday, the Owls visited Bowie and came home with a 17-0 victory, getting nearly 200 rushing yards combined from Zane Lewis and Braden Davis. Bowie beat Westminster 54-21 in Week 1 of 2015.
Friday features five home games around the county — Century (0-1) hosts Williamsport, Francis Scott Key (0-1) hosts Silver Oak, Liberty (1-0) has Walkersville, Westminster gets Oakdale, and Winters Mill takes on Bohemia Manor.
Manchester Valley (0-1) visits Boonsboro and South Carroll (1-0) travels to North Harford.
This week marks the first official county matches of the season, and reigning co-county champion Liberty (11-0) host Westminster on Wednesday at River Downs in what should be a close match.
The Lions have senior Brian Sadler while the Owls' top player is Nik Mourelatos.
Sadler's 38 led Liberty past Westminster and Winters Mill on Thursday, while Mourelatos carded a 38 on Friday to lead Westminster past Man Valley and Boonsboro in a tri-match.
South Carroll visits Gerstell in an afternoon game today at 4, part of six games on the county slate. The Cavaliers dropped their season opener to Centennial on Saturday.
Reigning county champion Liberty, after going 1-1 at River Hill's tournament over the weekend, hosts the Hawks today.
Westminster also went 1-1 at the River Hill tourney, and the Owls visit Linganore tonight.
South Carroll, after a 1-1 showing at the Catonsville tournament, hosts Gerstell today. Five other games are on the schedule, including reigning county champion Century opening up at North Hagerstown.
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It's the first match of the season for six Carroll teams, including reigning county champion Liberty. The Lions begin their season at Middletown.
Century, Francis Scott Key, and Winters Mill all have home matches tonight. the Knights host North Hagerstown, the Eagles play Catoctin, and the Falcons take on Frederick.
The first county match of the season is Thursday, when South Carroll hosts Century
NOTE: For a look at the entire slate of today's games, please see page B3.