Towson football reaches 1st playoffs

The Baltimore Sun

For the first time in school history, Towson's football team is in the postseason.

The Generals (6-4) overcame an 0-3 start with six straight victories before losing to Parkville, 14-0, Saturday. Their winning streak landed them a berth in this weekend's Class 3A North region playoffs against Baltimore County 4A-3A League rival Franklin (8-2), a team the Generals beat earlier this year, 14-13.

Franklin running back Scott Noble rushed for 227 yards and four touchdowns in last week's 35-7 rout of Dulaney.

Towson senior running back-linebacker Robert Jones has rushed for 800 yards and 14 touchdowns, returned a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns and intercepted two passes.

The Generals, guided by sixth-year coach Harry McNeir, have generated more than 2,000 offensive yards behind linemen Brandon O'Brien, Ryan Durner, Sam Cox, Pat Krouse, Emmanuel Owens and Rob Cernak. Defensively, Cox, Owens, Jamie Kane and Josh Belt have combined for more than 20 sacks, and free safety Jason White has not allowed a scoring reception.

In the swim

Junior tournament Most Valuable Player Mike Helou scored 10 goals and senior John Stedding and juniors Arny Warren (nine goals) and Dan Kaun earned all-tournament honors as Calvert Hall's water polo team won the Eastern Prep School championships last weekend at Lawrenceville (N.J.) Prep School.

A week earlier, Calvert Hall, coached by Don Anderson, won its sixth Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association title, increasing its MIAA unbeaten streak to 43 games.

City-county rivalry

Since Baltimore City joined the state public school football playoffs in 1993, its teams have met Baltimore County squads in playoff games 18 times. The county leads the series 11-7.

On Friday night, No. 6 Edmondson (9-1) of the city meets the county's Overlea (7-3) in a 2A North region semifinal, with the victor to face the winner of Friday's county rivalry game between Eastern Tech (8-2) and No. 10 Hereford (9-1) the next weekend.

In two weeks, the winner of Saturday's Towson-Franklin semifinal will meet the winner of the city matchup between Mervo (6-4) and No. 2 City (10-0).

Greater Grace 20-0

Tom Guarino scored 50 goals and assisted on 13 more, and Matt Bednez contributed 21 goals for the Greater Grace boys soccer team, which finished 20-0 and won last weekend's Maryland Christian Schools state title, 4-3, over Grace Bretheren.

Football rematch

Sparrows Point's Mike McCoy has 14 rushing touchdowns and 980 yards (2,564 career) going into Friday night's Class 1A North region semifinal rematch with New Town at CCBC-Catonsville.

Et cetera

Archbishop Curley soccer coach Barry Stitz improved his career record to 100-59-9 in seven seasons with last weekend's 1-0 victory over McDonogh for the MIAA A Conference title. ... Edmondson senior Keon Fisher kicked seven straight 45-yard field goals and a 48-yarder during a recent practice. ... Seniors Matt Krastel, Murphy O'Neil, Ian Obligin, David Aiken and Alex Gaines and junior Patrick Hohman led Boys' Latin to its second MIAA B Conference volleyball title on Nov. 3.

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