Zach Martin ran for 159 yards and four touchdowns to help No. 2 River Hill rally from a slow start to pull out a 34-19 victory over host Atholton in a Howard County game last night.
Martin ran for 239 yards and three touchdowns last week and came up big again. The Hawks needed his help as Atholton (3-3, 3-3) took first-half leads of 7-0 and 13-7 and ate up lots of time and yardage.
But Martin ran for a 6-yard, first quarter touchdown and practically walked in for a 1-yard, second-period score that helped River Hill (6-0, 6-0) pull into a 13-13 halftime tie.
The junior then put the Hawks ahead for good with a 13-yard touchdown run with 1:11 left in the third period. His 3-yard touchdown made it 27-13 midway through the fourth quarter. Quarterback Daniel Hostetler sealed the victory with his 26-yard scoring run with 45.9 seconds left.
Atholton just couldn't stop the Hawks' running game. River Hill's wing T used a lot of inside handoffs and its line opened some huge holes as the Hawks rushed for 321 of their 333 yards of total offense.
"Our offensive line puts the defensive line on their heels," Martin said. "I guess we felt we could pound them up the middle."
Martin also plays middle linebacker and had a strong game on defense as the Hawks slowed the Raiders after their good start. River Hill scored 20 straight points and 27 of the game's final 33. Atholton outgained the Hawks (365-333) but couldn't make big plays in the second half.
Atholton quarterback Brett McQuilkin completed 13 of 17 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown, and Troy Gibson ran for 97 yards and two scores. But the game's key play came with just under four minutes left in the first half when River Hill's Leron Eaddy stripped Kelechi Odocha of the ball and recovered at the Hawks' 37.
Martin scored eight plays later to tie it at 13 and start the 20-point run.
No. 7 Edmondson 46, Carver 2 -- Senior running back Tariq Jones rushed for 103 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns to lead the Redskins (5-1) past the visiting Bears.
Catonsville 20, Kenwood 10 -- The Comets (4-2) surged past the visiting Bluebirds (5-1) behind Ron Randall's 65-yard kickoff return. Catonsville's Antonio Alston suffered mild head trauma after a helmet-to-helmet collision in the first quarter. He was taken to St. Agnes Hospital, where he was treated and released. He was back on the sideline in the third quarter but did not return to the game.
Centennial 40, Hammond 8 -- Running back Alex Bechta ran 14 times for 96 yards and three touchdowns and Owen Dresser threw for two scores as the visiting Eagles (4-2) pounded the Bears (2-4).
Dunbar 34, Lake Clifton 8 -- After trailing in the first quarter, the visiting Poets (3-3) scored 34 unanswered points to rout the Lakers (2-4). Sophomore Tavon Austin scored Dunbar's first touchdown on a 93-yard kickoff return. Senior running back Maurice Portee led the Poets' offense with two touchdowns.
Poly 16, Mervo 14 -- Lee Reynolds ran in the two-point conversion after Donnell Brown's 2-yard score with 4:00 left to lift the host Engineers (5-1) past the Mustangs (4-2). Thaddeus Hopson and Michael Wadsworth anchored the Poly defense with eight tackles each.
Wilde Lake 41, Long Reach 19 -- Zach Brown rushed for 198 yards and two touchdowns, leading the ground attack of the Wildecats (4-2) in a romp over the visiting Lightning (3-3). Damole Adamolekum had a 45-yard touchdown run and Sean McNeel and Ashton Hayes returned fumbles for scores. Aaron Reeves also had a touchdown run for Wilde Lake. Alvin Thomas scored on a 2-yard run to give Long Reach a brief lead in the third quarter, but Wilde Lake stormed back. The loss eliminates Long Reach from playoff contention.
Lem Satterfield and staff reports contributed to this article.