Roman Harrison scored five touchdowns and 34 points as Meade (6-1) defeated (4-3) Glen Burnie, 36-20, to assure the Mustangs their first winning season in six years and put postseason possibilities within reach.
Just a year ago, the Mustangs were 1-9, losing their final three games by a total of nine points, but that has all changed under third-year coach Jerry Hartman.
"We're not thinking about that stuff [the playoffs], just the next game," said Hartman. "I tell the kids the most important things in football are the next play and then the next game.
"But, yes, I am tickled with this team and the senior leadership we've gotten."
Harrison is one of the seniors and on homecoming he shone with 166 yards on 25 carries to run his county-leading totals to 1,163 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns on 165 attempts.
The 13 touchdowns are the most by a Meade player since Jeff Allen's 16 in 1986.
After carrying 10 times for 46 yards and two touchdowns (6 and 1 yard) in the first half, Harrison got the call 15 times for 120 yards and scored on runs of 4, 3 and 3 in the second half plus a pair of two-point conversion runs.
"It wasn't my best game of the year, but this team has come a long way because everybody wanted it more," said Harrison. "It's not any one person, everybody contributes and my line does the job."
Meade's starting offensive line of tight end Elijah Thurmon, tackles George Houston and Danny Todd, guards Rico Walker and Robert Porter and center Godfrey Garrett opened gaping holes for Harrison.
Safety Damion Moss had two interceptions and middle linebacker Wilson Rodriguez picked off one pass, had a fumble recovery and was in on at least 12 tackles for the victors.
Bobby Beale scored his 11th and 12th touchdowns of the season for the Gophers before leaving with a neck injury with 1:23 left in the third period.
The Mustangs' last winning season was in 1989 (7-3) under Chuck Markiewicz.
Markiewicz, who has been the North County coach the last six seasons, succeeded the late Jerry Mears who was the last to take Meade to the playoffs (1987) with an 8-3 record.