Southern-Liberty score not nearly closeThe final score...


Southern-Liberty score not nearly close

The final score on Friday night was Southern of Harwood 21, Liberty 7, but it could have been a lot closer. Or it could have been more lopsided.

Both teams failed to capitalize on several scoring opportunities.

Southern, leading 7-0 at halftime, consumed nearly seven minutes during its opening drive in the third quarter, but the 15-play drive came up empty when Mike Beatty intercepted Joe McCafferty's pass in the end zone.

The Bulldogs' next series, an 11-play drive, ended when Jamar Mullen fumbled at Liberty's 2.

Liberty also had success moving the ball, especially in the first half, although it had no points to show for it. The Lions drove into Southern territory on each of their first four drives, but they turned the ball over on downs three times and lost a fumble the other.

Liberty coach John Magee, whose team dropped to 0-7, was impressed with his team's defensive effort against Southern, which had ended Wilde Lake's 28-game winning streak earlier this season.

"Our Achilles' heel has been defense, but the defense played a lot better," Magee said.

"We know we'll put it together somewhere along the way and surprise somebody."

Records, streaks, milestones

* Top-ranked City's 32-0 victory over Forest Park Friday extended the area's longest winning streak to 15.

* Sparrows Point's 20-12 loss to Patapsco Friday extended the area's longest losing streak to 29.

* C. Milton Wright won its 30th consecutive regular-season game, 21-6, over Bel Air Friday.

* Overlea's 26-12 victory over Chesapeake-BC Friday extended the Falcons' winning streak against Baltimore County opponents to 34.

* Wilde Lake won its 25th straight Howard County League game, 35-0, over Centennial Saturday.

* Dunbar recorded its fourth consecutive shutout, 44-0, over Northwestern Friday. The Poets have outscored their opponents 170-6 this season.

Loyola's Evans out

Loyola quarterback Bill Evans has fractured his right wrist, and the second-ranked Dons may be without him for the rest of the season.

Dons coach Joe Brune said that Evans was fitted for a cast on Thursday and that the injury will take approximately 10 weeks to heal, although Evans will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

Brune said that Evans experienced soreness in his wrist during the game against Poly two weeks ago and that the pain increased during last week's game against Mount St. Joseph.

Evans has passed for 370 yards and rushed for 265 yards and six touchdowns in five games.

"We're fortunate that the guy replacing [Evans], John Baer, is also a senior," Brune said.

"He's quite capable. But Billy has been the starter since his sophomore year. He's at the stage where he understands our offense and the other teams' defenses.

"Right now, every game is a big game for us," Brune said. "We need someone with a lot of poise in there."

The Dons are tied with top-ranked City for first place in the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference, and will play host to the Black Knights Nov. 14.

Unitas we stand

Joe Unitas' famous father was known for picking apart defenses in the NFL.

But Unitas, son of former Baltimore Colts quarterback John Unitas, has been making his mark by terrorizing offenses as a defensive end for St. Paul's.

In the Crusaders' 35-0 victory over Archbishop Spalding Saturday, Unitas scored touchdowns on a 26-yard interception return and a 36-yard return of a fumble recovery. Unitas, who also serves as punter and backup quarterback, intercepted another pass that set up a touchdown and recorded six tackles, as well.

"Joe Unitas is a terrific ballplayer," St. Paul's coach Mitch Tullai said.

"He's opportunistic [on defense] as well as being in position."

Top performances

Numbers * Most TDs: James Lewis, Catonsville, 4.

* Longest TD rushing: John Sauer, Patterson, 89 yards.

* Longest TD passing: Mike Cangemi, Boys' Latin, 75 yards to Phil Booker; E.J. Fitzgerald, Dunbar, 75 yards to Omar Parker.

* Longest kickoff return for a TD: Damon Martin, North County, 85 yards.

* Longest interception return for a TD: James Lewis, Catonsville, 55 yards.

* Longest fumble recovery and return for a TD: Joe Unitas, St. Paul's, 36 yards.

* Longest field goal: Mark Kiefer, St. Mary's, 37 yards.

Leading rushers * Tex DeLeon, Towson, 21 carries, 271 yards, 1 TD.

* James Lewis, Catonsville, 24 carries, 238 yards, 3 TDs.

* Damion Smith, Oakland Mills, 23 carries, 212 yards, 2 TDs.

Leading passers * Anthony Miller, Carver, 10-for-15, 305 yards, 2 TDs.

* E.J. Fitzgerald, Dunbar, 9-for-14, 227 yards, 2 TDs.

* Eric Howard, North County, 14-for-25, 191 yards, 3 TDs.

Leading receivers * Shawn Lipscombe, Dunbar, 4 catches, 102 yards, 1 TD.

* Omar Parker, Dunbar, 3 catches, 89 yards, 1 TD.

* Damon Martin, North County, 3 catches, 87 yards, 1 TD.

Note: Top performances are based on statistics reported to The Baltimore Sun.

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