Atholton football coach Kevin Kelly had to be wondering what else could go wrong Friday when his punter and kicker Danny Jackson was stung by a bee in his left eye, causing Jackson's face to swell up grotesquely on the eve of a game against Glenelg.
"He couldn't get his helmet on," Kelly said. "I was kidding him that he looked like E.T."
Atholton lost its first two games, one by three points and the next by five points. The second loss was especially disappointing because the Raiders fumbled at Centennial's 6-yard line late in the game.
Kelly's leading receiver, Joe Silverman, also couldn't play against Glenelg because of a knee injury. Jackson, also a starting end and defensive back, couldn't play those positions, but the swelling went down enough by Saturday to allow him to get his helmet on, kick three extra points and punt four times for a 34-yard average in a 21-12 victory over the Gladiators.
Maybe Atholton's luck is changing. Silverman's substitute, Jesse Erbacher, caught five passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns, including an 81-yarder.
"It was a nice win after two disappointing losses," Kelly said.
Centennial's Pat Davis kicked the first field goal of his career Saturday in a 30-0 win over Hammond. It was a 32-yarder. Centennial sacked Hammond quarterback Jason Maxey six times. Josh Jones set a Centennial record with a 94-yard scoring run.
Viking golfers win District V
The district golf championships continue today with the Class 3A-4A District V tournament at Eisenhower in Anne Arundel County.
But Mount Hebron's quartet of Jeff Castle, Greg Sauer, Vincent Lee and Mike Ramey are still celebrating its victory in the Class 1A-2A tournament Monday at rain-swept Geneva Farms in Harford County.
Castle shot 74 to win the individual championship. The Vikings outscored runner-up Francis Scott Key, 331-340. The whole Vikings team qualified for the state tournament Oct. 23-24.
Brent Kennedy of Howard finished fourth, and Josh Notes of Oakland Mills also qualified for states.