Two weeks ago, quarterback Miles Scott had a chance to lead Atholton on a game-winning drive against Oakland Mills.
Atholton had the ball at midfield with a few minutes remaining, but the Raiders turned the ball over on downs and ended up falling to the Scorpions for their first loss of the season.
Scott got another chance to lead the Raiders to victory on Friday at River Hill, and the junior signal-caller didn’t let this one get away. With the score tied late in the game, Scott drove the offense down the field and ran for a 12-yard touchdown with two minutes remaining to lead Atholton to a 14-7 win over the Hawks.
“I learned from [the Oakland Mills] game for sure,” Scott said. “I just put it all in God’s hands, and I had to score a touchdown right there at the end of the game. I knew if I got back in I had to score a touchdown to help us win the game.”
Atholton coach Eric Woodson runs an even two-quarterback system with Scott and senior Harrison Feldman. Both quarterbacks have played in all six games this season.
In the fourth quarter against River Hill, Scott totaled 44 yards on the ground — mostly on designed outside runs — and 41 yards through the air.
“Unfortunately, two weeks ago it didn’t happen,” Woodson said. “... But I know what I have in Miles. I know Miles can run and throw. We felt as though coming down the stretch that we could get the edge with Miles’ feet.”
“Their quarterback [Scott] is a player,” said River Hill coach Brian Van Deusen, who won his 200th game last week. “He gave us fits. He got out in space and made people miss, and he made the big touchdown run at the end. ... He’s a dual-threat guy. He has a strong arm. He’s tough to defend.”
Before Friday, Atholton’s last win over River Hill was in 2015, as the Hawks had won the last five matchups. The win is the Raiders’ fourth over the Hawks since 2007.
Neither team scored in the first half, as both defenses dominated. The first half saw three punts, a turnover on downs, a fumble by River Hill and a missed 23-yard field goal by Atholton.
The biggest play of the contest came at the beginning of the third quarter when Atholton’s Jerome Colbert returned the opening second-half kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown. Colbert caught the kick on the left sideline and ran untouched to give Atholton (5-1) a 7-0 lead.
“Jerome came to us last year in the short season, but we saw what he could do in the offseason,” Woodson said. “He has track speed. … That play right there turned the tide for us. The momentum swung right there.”
Atholton had a chance to take a two-score lead, as Feldman, its other quarterback, drove the Raiders into the red zone. A botched handoff hit the turf, however, and River Hill’s MBJ Motoni recovered.
After struggling in the first half, River Hill’s Wing-T offense had more success in the second half, with the Hawks tying the game early in the fourth quarter on a 7-yard run from running back Ethan Burnett. The junior ended the game with 117 yards on 21 carries.
Aside from its scoring drive, River Hill struggled to sustain momentum on offense, with three of its eight offensive drives hampered by holding penalties.
“We were kind of hurting ourselves,” Van Deusen said. “When you’re playing a good team like them, you can’t make mistakes. We’re not a big passing team, so when we get backed up with the penalties, it gets tough.”
Scott then orchestrated an 11-play, 69-yard drive that got the Raiders to the Hawks’ 1-yard line with about five minutes remaining. The junior connected with Max Smalls on a 14-yard completion and Tra Evans on a 27-yard pass for chunk plays and added 27 yards with his legs.
But for the third time in the game, the Raiders squandered a red zone opportunity and came away with no points, as River Hill’s defense stopped two QB sneaks from the 1-yard line to force a turnover on downs.
“Our defense has been strong all year, kind of bend but don’t break,” Van Deusen said. “They got some big plays early on, but with that spread offense as it gets closer to the goal line it gets a little tougher. Our guys stepped up.”
Backed up on its own 1-yard line, though, River Hill (4-2) went three-and-out, and the Hawks’ punt traveled only 24 yards. Scott then ran the ball on four straight plays, with the final scamper serving as the game-winner.
The Raiders’ defense then prevented a River Hill comeback, as the Hawks struggled passing the ball on the final drive and turned it over on downs at midfield with less than 30 seconds left.
“They are resilient,” Woodson said about his team. “They’ve got a confidence about them, and they believe. They believe they can come through in big situations.”
Both teams are back in action next Friday. Atholton hosts Marriotts Ridge (0-5), while River Hill travels to Glenelg (5-1).
Atholton 14, River Hill 7
A — 0 0 7 7 — 14
RH — 0 0 0 7 — 7
A: Jerome Colbert 85-yard kickoff return, Benjamin Gershuny kick [7-0]
RH: Ethan Burnett 7-yard run, Poojan Patel kick [7-7]
A: Miles Scott 12-yard run, Gershuny kick [14-7]
OTHER FOOTBALL SCORES:
Reservoir 21, Hammond 20 (Saturday)
Destin Hill scored three touchdowns to lead the Gators (1-4) to their first win of the season. After Hammond (1-5) took an early 6-0 lead, Hill ran for a 10-yard touchdown to put the Gators up one point. Later in the first quarter, Hill scored his second touchdown, this one from 12 yards out, to put Reservoir up 14-6. Before halftime, Reservoir’s Matthew Cook intercepted a pass to set up Hill’s third score of the game on a 55-yard catch and run from quarterback Orion Walker. Hammond’s Nathaniel Lamb ran for two touchdowns in the third quarter to bring the Golden Bears back, but the team’s two-point conversion attempt after Lamb’s second score failed, keeping Reservoir ahead 21-20.
Re — 14 7 0 0 — 21
Ha — 6 0 14 0 — 20
Ha: Nick Thomas 45-yard pass from Jordan Campbell, kick no good [6-0]
Re: Destin Hill 10-yard run, Will Egan kick [7-6]
Re: Hill 12-yard run, Egan kick [14-6]
Re: Hill 55-yard pass from Orian Walker, Egan kick [21-6]
Ha: Nathaniel Lamb 1-yard run, Lamb run [21-14]
Ha: Lamb 1-yard run, conversion failed [21-20]
Long Reach 28, Centennial 0 (Saturday)
Running back Julius Saunders continued his impressive senior season with three touchdown runs to propel the Lightning (6-0) to victory over the visiting Eagles (0-6). Saunders’ touchdowns came from 3, 27 and 8 yards out, respectively. Saunders now has 14 rushing touchdowns in six games. Long Reach’s other score was a 70-yard pass from Alexander Coffey to Jayden Baxter. The shutout is the second this season for Long Reach’s defense, which ranks second in the county in points allowed per game (7.33). The Lightning sit alone in first place, with Atholton, Glenelg and Oakland Mills all tied for second at 5-1. Remaining on Long Reach’s schedule are Wilde Lake, Atholton and Oakland Mills.
C — 0 0 0 0 — 0
LR — 0 14 6 8 — 28
LR: Julius Saunders 3-yard run, Rodrigo Rodriguez kick [7-0]
LR: Saunders 27-yard run, Rodriguez kick [14-0]
LR: Jayden Baxter 70-yard pass from Alexander Coffey, kick no good [20-0]
LR: Saunders 8-yard run, Saunders run [28-0]
Oakland Mills 20, Mt. Hebron 6
Kanye Holland ran for two touchdowns and picked off a pass on defense to lead the Scorpions (5-1) to victory over the host Vikings (3-3). Trevin McHargh also scored for Oakland Mills. The victory keeps Oakland Mills competitive in the county championship race. The Scorpions are tied for second in the county with Atholton (5-1) and Glenelg (5-1). Long Reach (6-0) sits alone in first place, but the Lightning still have to play Oakland Mills and Atholton.
MH — 0 6 0 0 — 6
OM — 7 0 6 7 — 20
OM: Kanye Holland 2-yard run, Blake Nguyen kick [7-0]
MH: Drew Peperone 5-yard run, kick no good [7-6]
OM: Holland 2-yard run, run failed [13-6]
OM: Trevin McHargh 3-yard run, Nguyen kick [20-6]
Wilde Lake 38, Marriotts Ridge 10
After starting 0-3, the Wildecats (3-3) have won three straight games after their four-score win over the Mustangs (0-5). Boampong, who threw for six touchdowns last week, had one score on the ground and one through the air against the Mustangs. Running back Sean Barnes chipped in with two rushing scores.
WL — 16 14 8 0 — 38
MR — 3 0 0 7 — 10
WL: Kofi Boampong 1-yard run, two-point conversion [8-0]
MR: Alan Zhao 36-yard field goal [8-3]
WL: Sean Barnes 28-yard run, two-point conversion [16-3]
WL: Max Richardson 52-yard pass from Boampong, two-point conversion [24-3]
WL: Keondre Dorsey 44-yard interception return, failed two-point conversion [30-3]
WL: Barnes 3-yard run, two-point conversion [38-3]
MR: 1-yard run, Zhao kick [38-10]
Glenelg 35, Howard 21
In the 64th edition of the Elgard Trophy game, the Gladiators (5-1) defeated the Lions (2-4) for the fourth straight season. Bisi Owens ran for three touchdowns in the second half and threw for one in the first half to Mitchell Steinberg. The game was tied after three quarters, but Owens rushed for a pair of 9-yard touchdowns in the fourth quarter to seal the win. The victory keeps Glenelg competitive in the county championship race. The Gladiators are tied for second in the county with Atholton (5-1) and Oakland Mills (5-1). Long Reach (6-0) sits alone in first place, but the Lightning still have to play Oakland Mills and Atholton.
G — 0 14 7 14 — 35
Ho — 7 0 14 0 — 21
Ho: Tyler Baruch 31-yard pass from Tyler Sabatini, Mitchell Dickson kick [7-0]
G: Mitchell Steinberg 5-yard pass from Bisi Owens, Michael Fernandes kick [7-7]
G: Ethan Sotka 5-yard run, Fernandes kick [14-7]
Ho: Travis Thompson 30-yard run, Dickson kick [14-14]
G: Owens 3-yard run, Fernandes kick [21-14]
Ho: Zamir Herald pass from Sabatini, Dickson kick [21-21]
G: Owens 9-yard run, Fernandes kick [28-21]
G: Owens 9-yard run, Fernandes kick [35-21]
Glenelg 4, River Hill 2
AJ Eyre scored two goals to lead the Gladiators to a crucial win over the Hawks. Glenelg entered the contest one game behind River Hill in the race for the county championship. Now, entering the final week of the season, the Gladiators and the Hawks are tied in first. The two will face off again on Oct. 15.
Goals: G — AJ Eyre 2, Ashley Kim, Theresa Stiller.
Assists: G — Kamryn Henson, Kate Kim.
Saves: G — Frankie DiValentin 5
Records: G 7-1; RH 8-1 county, 9-2 overall.
Marriotts Ridge 3, Mt. Hebron 2
Goals: MR — Maisy Clevenger, Camryn Fisher, Natalie Freeman.
Assists: MR — Emi Moran 2.
Saves: MR — Amanda Windsor 4.
Records: MR 7-2; MH 4-6, 6-6.
Hammond 5, Long Reach 0
Goals: Ha — Marlee Hunter 3, Hannah Haber, Charlotte Lamp.
Assists: Ha — Lauren Johnson, Hunter, Dylan Murphy, Mayuri Chakkara, Julianna Bryant.
Halftime: 2-0, Ha.
Records: Ha 7-3; LR 2-6, 2-7.
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