High-school football fans in Carroll are just now catching their breath.
Westminster and North Carroll are both off to 2-0 starts after combining to win three games all of last season.
South Carroll coach Gene Brown promised an improved defense from his Cavaliers (1-1), and so far that's been the case, despite their tough 8-6 loss to Edmondson in the final minute Friday.
And what about the Liberty Lions, who battled four unforgettable quarters against the metro area's top-ranked Mount St. Joseph Gaels on Friday before coming away with a 55-48 setback?
No shame there. The Lions, who lost a 20-17 heart-breaker in the final minute of their opener at Centennial, could have easily packed it in after Mount St. Joe's took an early 21-7 lead. But they didn't, instead coming back and matching the Gaels point for point until a final-minute touchdown by Aaron Thompson, his seventh of the game.
A ranked field
Twenty-two schools will be represented at this afternoon's Westminster Invitational cross-country meet at Western Maryland College -- including each of the county's five high schools.
Both of the metro area's top-ranked teams in the boys and girls polls will be running, with the Westminster boys and the Dulaney girls leading strong fields.
Other Top 15 teams participating on the boys side are No. 6 Severna Park, No. 9 Dulaney and No. 10 C. Milton Wright. Four ranked teams -- No. 2 Severna Park, No. 6 Fallston, No. 7 Oakland Mills and No. 9 Atholton -- join Dulaney in the girls race.
Just how dominant has the Carroll Christian boys soccer team been so far this season?
In their first four victories -- including three Potomac Christian Athletic Conference wins -- the Patriots have outscored their TTC opponents 36-4. They won added to their success by winning the eight-team Pamdeva Tournament in Hanover, Pa., this weekend.
In the five 40-minute preliminary games and the championship game against Perry Hall Christian, the Patriots poured in 25 goals, andallowed just one.
With 14 goals, senior striker Josh Belcher was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.
The Carroll Christian volleyball team also is undefeated in the early going with three-game sweeps over Broadfording, Frederick Christian and Calvary.
Cross-country: Green Terror runners Greg and Kelly Davis, who married over the summer, both enjoyed fine efforts at the Towson State Invitational on Friday. Greg finished 13th out of 95 finishers, covering the five-mile course in 27 minutes, 24 seconds.
As a team, the Green Terror finished sixth in the 11-team men's field, ahead of Division I Drexel, Coppin State and Morgan State.
On the women's side, the former Kelly Parrish, a junior, took third out of 67 runners with a time of 19 minutes, 20 seconds in the 3.1-mile course. The Green Terror placed fifth in the women's seven-team field.
Soccer: After 187 matches and more than 10 years without a scoreless tie, the Western Maryland men's soccer team is 1-1-2 this season and, you guessed it, both ties have been scoreless.
The Green Terror opened the season with a 0-0 tie against Marymount and came up with the same conclusion on Saturday against Beaver College. The team's previous scoreless game came against Gettysburg on Sept. 28, 1985.
Green Terror freshman goaltender Justin Wiener, who missed the first two games with a sprained ankle, got a 2-1 win over St. Mary's in his first college game on Wednesday before Saturday's shutout tie against Beaver.
Volleyball: In women's volleyball, freshman middle hitter Stacy Seward was named to the all-tourney team at the Gettysburg College Invitational this weekend. In five matches, she had 40 kills, nine aces, 65 digs and nine blocks. The Green Terror went 2-3 in the two-day, 12-team tournament.
Pub Date: 9/18/96