There was a little of everything last weekend on the Carroll football scene -- an incredible individual effort, a couple of heart-breaking losses and a record-setting day at Western Maryland College.
Top billing has to go to Liberty senior running back Bill Shaffer, who ran for 326 yards in the Lions' 49-6 win over previously unbeaten Mount Hebron Saturday. Shaffer had touchdown runs of 69, 93 and 79 yards in the first half alone when he racked up 289 yards.
Ironically, Liberty coach Ken Johnson had gone into the game concerned his Lions might overlook Mount Hebron with South Carroll coming up Friday.
The tough losses came at Smithsburg, where Francis Scott Key gave the defending Class 1A state champ Leopards all they could handle before falling, 20-13, and at Glenelg, where South Carroll lost, 21-20.
The Francis Scott Key Eagles had four cracks inside the Smithsburg 2-yard line in the game's final minute, but couldn't break through a stingy Smithsburg defense.
It's the second straight week the Eagles (1-2) have gone toe-to-toe with the elite in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League. The week before, they dropped a tough one to Walkersville. Friday, the Eagles will run into another MVAL team on the rise when they play host to Catoctin.
Before the start of the season, South Carroll coach Gene Brown said the Cavaliers would be strong on special teams.
They showed it Saturday with a 85-yard kickoff return for a score by Shaun O'Neill and a blocked punt from Charlie Conaway to set up another touchdown. It was Glenelg's special teams, however, that provided the difference with a blocked extra point.
Western Maryland senior quarterback Brian Van Deusen became the Centennial Conference's career leader in passing with his 283-yard performance in a 27-7 win against Ursinus on Saturday.
Van Deusen, who earned CC Offensive Player of the Week honors, now has 4,433 throwing yards in conference games. Former Johns Hopkins quarterback Mark Campbell had the previous mark of 4,223 yards.
With 5,920 overall passing yards, Van Deusen needs 80 more to become the third quarterback in the CC to reach the 6,000-yard plateau.
First-time goal scorers
Two Carroll County athletes recently recorded their first career goals at Western Maryland College.
In field hockey, freshman Amy North (Liberty) scored her first goal in a 4-2 loss to Muhlenberg last week. On Monday, Martin Oswiecimka (South Carroll) scored a goal as the men's soccer team defeated York (Pa.) College, 3-1.
Green Terror unfazed
Western Maryland's women's soccer team rebounded after a tough 3-2 loss last Thursday to the College of Notre Dame. On Saturday, the Green Terror (4-2) opened its conference slate with a 6-3 win over Franklin & Marshall.
The Green Terror (4-2) got two goals from Jusy Remnitz and one each from Natalie Hannibal (Liberty) and Erin Murphey (Francis Scott Key). In Thursday's loss, the Green Terror fought back from a two-goal first-half deficit to get even before Notre Dame scored in the closing seconds of regulation. Ten players from Carroll participated in the game with Julie Backof (Westminster) in goal for Western Maryland and freshman Erin Nauyalis (South Carroll) starting in the Notre Dame net.
Eagles flying high
The Francis Scott Key volleyball team moved into The Baltimore Sun's Top 15 poll this week at No. 14 with its 5-0 start. Monday, the Eagles swept Fallston in three games. Coach Leo Totten has a strong group of returnees with a strong pair of hitters in juniors Stephanie Stambaugh and Cindy Sheedy.
Showdown of unbeatens
Two of the top field hockey teams in the metro area battle tonight when No. 4 Westminster travels to No. 6 North Carroll. Both teams are 4-0.