After a thorough check of game film over the weekend, Old Mill football coach Mike Marcus announced that his prize running back, Brashaad Mayweather, set an Anne Arundel County single-game rushing record on Friday at home against Arundel.
In the No. 4-ranked Patriots' 41-26, season-opening victory, Mayweather, All-County last fall as a junior, ran for 342 yards on 30 attempts and tied the school record for touchdowns in a game with five.
Old Mill first reported that Mayweather had run for 320 yards, but then announced that he broke the county record of 340 set by St. Mary's Jason Lilly against Calvert Hall in 1994.
"We first had it at 320 and I couldn't believe it was that high," said Marcus.
"So, I went back and re-tallied everything myself off the film and he actually had 342 yards. I went over it two or three times and did it because I thought he would have less."
The state single-game rushing record is 446 by Hancock's Sam Hess against St. James in 1998. Mayweather's 342 yards put him 12th all-time in state history.
Mayweather, a transfer from Texas, ran for 242 yards against Arundel (41-12) in his debut for the Patriots last season. Now, he's broken the school record of 276 set by Kelvin Collins against North County in 1999.
The 342 figure also surpassed the county public school mark of 336 set by North County's Frank Brown against Chesapeake in 1992.
Mayweather is the eighth player in county history to run for 300 or more yards in a game.
Severna Park soccer
Three of the metro area's top seven boys soccer teams will be in action this weekend in the two-day Severna Park tournament set to start Friday.
Archbishop Spalding will take on No. 7 South River at 5:15 p.m., with No. 3 Calvert Hall going up against the host No. 5 Falcons at 7:15.
Severna Park's annual alumni game will kick off Saturday's action at 3 p.m. Any interested alumni should arrive at the school at 2:30 and notify Falcons coach Don Gregg.
South River will then meet Calvert Hall at 5:15, followed by Spalding vs. Severna Park to close out the tournament at 7:15.
The four teams competing are a combined 9-1 this season.
Special Knights Invite
This year's 13th Knights Invite cross country meet set for 4 p.m. Friday at Baybrook Park in Brooklyn/ Brooklyn Park has a special meaning.
"This is the 40th year of cross country at Baybrook, where part of the 3-mile course is in the city [the Brooklyn portion] and the other part [Brooklyn Park] in the county," said North County coach Ed Harte, whose Knights host the always quality event and who provided some little-known historical facts.
"Brooklyn Park High opened in 1961 and their first cross country team ran in 1962 and won a boys state title in 1964. The Bees ran meets at Baybrook until 1989, when the school merged with Andover to form North County. And I've had the North County team since 1990."
Frank Flaging was the Bees' first coach and had the job until Jerry Snyder took over in 1968 and held the first Brooklyn Park Invitational, which Harte says "was similar to our Knights Invite."
Snyder coached the Bees until 1986, when one of his proteges, Mike Cashen, who ran at Brooklyn Park in the late '60s and is now the Old Mill coach, took over. He was the Bees' last coach.
Harte has another talented field this year, including The Sun's No. 1-ranked boys and girls teams from C. Milton Wright, the No. 4 Westminster and No. 10 Spalding boys teams and the girls teams of No. 4 Broadneck, McDonogh and Notre Dame Prep.
C. Milton Wright, with Patrick Bailey, is the boys defending champion while NDP is the girls defending titlist. Bailey won with a time of 15:31 last year and has his sights set on the meet record of 15:26 set by Spalding's Dusty Lieb in 2000.
Broadneck's Lauren Centrowitz is the girls favorite.
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