Perfect season ends for Sykesville
The Sykesville Raiders finally lost a game Saturday after five undefeated weeks in the Carroll County Football League.
Reisterstown downed the Raiders' B squad, 19-8. But Sykesville's A and C teams won by 22-8 and 7-0 scores, respectively.
The Raiders scored first in the B game with Calvin Stacey's 60-yard second-quarter touchdown run, but Reisterstown tied the game on its next possession and pulled away.
Sykesville's C team ground out 50 yards in 12 running plays in the third quarter for the game's only score.
B. J. Law tallied on a 6-yard run, and Ryan Sargent ran in the extra point.
Cornerback Jeremiah Pohlman's strong tackling helped slow the Reisterstown ground game and Law, playing at safety, ended the game with a pass interception.
Sykesville's C team has allowed only six points in five games this season.
The Raiders' A squad trailed 8-0 at halftime but switched to an up-the-middle ground game after intermission.
Josh Denning, who ran for 135 yards, scored on a 3-yard run in the third quarter and Ryan Pagels tied it with a two-point conversion kick.
After a safety put Sykesville ahead, 10-8, the Raiders mounted a 64-yard march culminated by a Denning 33-yard touchdown run to lead 16-8 entering the fourth quarter.
There, Justin Barnowski's pass interception put the Raiders on the Reisterstown 12. After being stopped, the Raiders tried for a field goal, but scored a touchdown when Pagels picked up a bad snap from center and ran the ball into the end zone.
Carroll County boys soccer
* Under 14-A: The Freedom Strikers won twice, beating Pikesville, 4-1, and Linganore, 1-0.
The Strikers defeated Pikesville behind goals by Ryan Blair, Joe Horner, Tim Chairs and Chris Poklemba. Kevin Roy scored the Strikers' goal against Linganore, and sweeper Dave Fetterhoff played a strong defensive game for the winners.
The North Carroll Strikers won two games this weekend.
North Carroll beat Deer Park, 4-1, as Greg Miller and Tony Reightler each scored twice.
BDanny Terlizzi, Reightler and Chad Crowl tallied in a 3-1 win over Mount Airy. North Carroll's Todd Collins had an assist.
* Under 14-B: The Freedom Strike Force stayed in first place by blanking Linganore, 4-0. Tim Hymiller, Craig Wentz, Danny Silva and Andrew Duncan tallied for the 6-0 Force.
* Under 8: The Power Kickers downed the Stingers in a high-scoring shootout, 9-5. Jason Stone scored four goals for the winners, Clinton Stone had two, and Ryan Scull, Matt Balsamo, and Doug Ramsley, one each.
Jacob Zentz's three goals and two by David Ledford led the Masters to a 6-2 win over the Jazz. Charles Simpson added a goal for the Masters, and Evan Frankenburger and Ryan Kyle scored for the Jazz.
Ricky Fencil scored twice as the Eagles blanked the Streaks, 2-0.
* Under 11: The Rockets topped Stealth, 3-1, behind goals by Sean Clark, James Morton and Tony Tringali. John Zentz had the Stealth goal.
Jason Holman scored twice and Adam Tenney once as the White Tigers blanked the Strikers, 3-0.
The O's and Red Hot Chili Peppers tied, 1-1. Ronnie Harris scored for the O's and Ryan Richards tallied for RHCP.
Matt Thompson scored twice and Sean Davis and Brian Reynolds once each to lead the Royals to a 4-0 victory over the Blast.
* Under 14: Will Woolford's two goals powered the Blue Angels to a 2-0 win over the Stars.
Gold blanked Red, 6-0, behind goals by Karl Petro, Mike Merker, Shawn Miller, Jenna Ritchie, Kim McCurry and Eric Poe.
Mountain Valley football
Mount Airy swept Gamber-Smallwood in three games Saturday, grabbing big early leads to defeat Gamber's varsity, 28-18, junior varsity, 20-13, and Ponies, 30-20.
In the JV game, Mike Borkovich scored three touchdowns to power a 20-0 fourth-quarter lead.
But Ryan Fisher's two touchdowns -- a 62-yard kickoff return and a 10-yard run -- plus Matt Primm's extra-point run narrowed it to 20-13.
A final Mustangs drive fell short, though, on an incomplete pass at the Mount Airy goal line.
Brain Moore, Manny Rivera, and Zack Birnie played well defensively for Gamber.
The Mount Airy Pony team jumped ahead, 18-0, in the first quarter on Jason Tourangeau's 7-yard touchdown run and 20-yard interception return plus a 6-yard scoring burst by Clint Furr.
Scott Carnegie's 20-yard run and two extra-point runs, plus Cody Leppo's 50-yard scamper, brought the Mustangs to 20-14 in the third quarter.
But Tourangeau and Furr each scored again to put it out of reach at 30-14.
Mount Airy's varsity jumped to an early 16-0 lead and went on to win on two touchdown runs by Mike Cleveland, and one apiece by Chris Blackwood and Joe Fee. Darren Snyder added two two-point conversion kicks.
Gamber's varsity scored on 3- and 7-yard runs runs by Chad Kerley and quarterback Sean Winters' touchdown pass to Jeff Landow.
Randy Stull blocked well on the Gamber line.
Homestanding Walkersville swept three games from Francis Scott Key Saturday, taking the Pony, JV and varsity games, 19-6, 7-6, and 28-14, respectively.
The Walkersville JV scored on its first possession of the game and then added the extra point, the first Key's JV has allowed this year.
But that point proved to be the difference when Key failed to convert after Larry Nail scored on Kory Jenkins' 15-yard pass in the second quarter.
Linebacker Jason Zinkand had six tackles for Key and Jenkins, Rocky Moore, and Shawn Smith played well against the run.
* Under 8: Maria Brooks scored the game's only goal on a penalty kick as White Lightning topped Black Thunder, 1-0.