North County's vaunted run-and-shoot offense was in high gear yesterday afternoon, rolling up 479 yards in total offense and handing Meade a 60-8 defeat.
Some of the luster was taken off the Knights' homecoming victory as their best receiver, Damon Martin, went down with a knee injury in the first half that most likely will end his season. Coach Chuck Markiewicz's squad still had plenty of weapons left, though.
"When you have a weapon like that and the possibility of losing him comes up, it can be very easy to suffer a letdown," said Markiewicz. "Damon said a few words to them at halftime about stepping it up, and I think they're going to be OK."
If yesterday's performance is any indication, they should be fine.
Knights quarterback Eric Howard spread the wealth of offense as Mike Quarles, Kevin Mitchell, Teon Carter, Frank Brown, and Troy Fowlkes each had touchdowns.
Brown scored four touchdowns, two rushing and two receiving, and reiterated Markiewicz's comments about picking up the team after losing Martin.
"We have a lot of good players on this team," said Brown. "Damon is one of our best players and we will miss him. But we just move another player in and everyone picks their game up a notch. We still have our sights set on a state championship." Junior running back Butch Strong ran for 150 yards on 22 carries, including a 60-yard touchdown run, to lead Glen Burnie (3-5, 3-4) over host Queen Anne's (3-5, 3-5) in an Anne Arundel County 4A league game. Strong's 150 yards raised his total this season to 756.
Gilman 13, Loyola 7
Running back Jim Zimmerman ran for 78 yards on 21 carries and threw a 18 yard touchdown pass to Mark McWilliams as No. 6 Gilman (6-1, 5-1) upset No. 2 Loyola (6-1, 4-1) in a Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference game. Mark Cornes threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to Dylan Schlott to account for the Greyhounds' other score.
* Centennial 0, Oakland Mills 0 (2OT): Oakland Mills' Jason Kranefeld had 10 saves and Centennial's Don Christine had five, the No. 10 Scorpions (6-2-2, 2-1-2) and top-ranked Eagles (8-0-2, 4-0-1) played to a scoreless tie.
* Spalding 3, Mercy 2: Senior Kelly Mabe served 22 points and five aces and Amy Langville had 15 kills to lead Spalding (10-2) over Mercy,15-3, 11-15, 15-12, 4-15, 15-4, in a semifinal game of the Catholic League Tournament at Seton Keough. Spalding meets Seton Keough, a 15-10, 13-15, 15-10 semifinal winner over Catholic, in today's tournament final at 3:30 p.m.