Sights and sounds from the Archbishop vs. Gilman high school football game. Archbishop Curley won, 33-9.
Kofi Kwaw and Devin Thompson were the catalysts for an impressive offensive performance as No. 15 Archbishop Curley routed host Gilman, 33-9, in football Saturday afternoon.
Kwaw threw two touchdown passes and Thompson rushed for two as the Friars, a Maryland Independent Athletic Association B Conference member upstaged their MIAA A Conference host.
“We were explosive coming out to start man,” Kwaw said. “We made a statement our first two drives and put it in the end zone. We had a little bit of leakage up front, but we fixed that during halftime and started to pull away in the fourth quarter."
Curley improved to 4-0 with a blend of veteran talent, speed and power.
“Last year we were super young,” Curley coach Brendon Ireton said. “This year we’ve got a lot of experience and the guys have matured a lot. We’ve just got to continue to keep it one week at a time and we’re doing a good job of studying and learning the schemes – that kind of stuff. So they just have got to keep working and taking it one day at a time.”
Thompson and fellow running back Julian Howard were a consistent one-two punch. While Howard provided speed, Thompson provided the power. Both had prolific days.
“Our running game is strong,” Thompson said. “If I come out, you know it’s going to be some extra points coming in. We just run the ball hard, we’re explosive, we’re fast and we’re gonna hit you with a bang. If you ain’t ready for it, we’re taking off.”
“Me and Dev [Thompson] – we’ve got a good bond,” Howard said. “I’m not worried about him, he’s not worried about me. When we’re in, we know we’re gonna have a good game.”
Gilman (1-4) began the game with an early field goal with 10:18 left in the first quarter. Curley (4-0) took the lead, 7-3, later on in the quarter with Kwaw’s first touchdown pass to Josh Knapp, who also converted the extra point.
The Friars added two more touchdowns in the second half before a string of three straight fumbles by the teams. Curley capitalized with another Kwaw touchdown pass to tight end Zach Szcybor in the first quarter. The Friars scored again on a 3-yard touchdown rush by Ronald Clark to take a 21-3 lead into halftime.
Thompson added to Curley’s lead with a 14-yard touchdown rush within the first four minutes of the third quarter.
Gilman finally answered with a 72-yard touchdown pass on the opening play of the drive from Matthew Parker to Rayaun Lane, putting the score at 27-9 in the third.
Curley gave Gilman a finishing blow with a 10-yard touchdown rush by Thompson with 4:58 remaining.
Gilman coach Nick Bach was encouraged by the way his team continued to fight.
“Our guys fight until the end and I’m proud of that,” Bach said. “We certainly had some errors in the beginning of the game. During the first half, they were running a couple of plays that we thought we were prepared for and maybe we didn’t have the right execution or maybe the game plan was off a gap.
“But I thought the guys fought hard and we’re going to learn from it. We’re going to watch some film and correct some mistakes. But, give some credit to Curley. They’ve got a good team this year. Those are some good players and they deserve to be 4-0.”
Curley begins B Conference play with a home matchup against St. Mary’s at 4 p.m. on Friday. Gilman travels to Pennsylvania to take on Haverford on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Wilde Lake 27, Atholton 6: In the nearly three-hour football game in 90-degree heat, Wilde Lake’s Amari Hutson never slowed down.
The junior wideout/cornerback/punter did it all in the Wildecats’ homecoming win over Atholton.
“I knew I was going to have to go against the weather and be a dog every play,” Hutson said. “That’s all it is. I just know I have to be better than the man in front of me.”
On offense, Hutson caught five passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns. On defense, he took part in two of Wilde Lake’s six turnovers, forcing a fumble on a blitz in the third quarter and picking off a pass in the fourth. He also stood out on special teams in the first quarter, executing a fake punt with a 15-yard gain with his legs.
“Amari is growing every year,” said Wilde Lake head coach Brian Henderson. “He’s been up since he was a freshman, and to watch that young man mature and come full circle has been a special thing to watch. He’s a dynamic player, and he’s an even better young man.”
The victory is Wilde Lake’s first homecoming triumph since 2015.
Towson 22, Perry Hall 6: Damone Moore had two touchdown runs and two 2-point conversions to lead the host Generals (2-1) over the Gators (0-3).
Bel Air 33, Havre de Grace 18: Brendan Purtell led the Bobcats (2-1) with three touchdowns and Stanford Ricketts had two touchdowns against the Warriors (1-2) Friday night. Bel Air led 21-0 after three quarters.
Bull Run: Anish Nanjappa of River Hill won the elite boys race and Juliette Whitaker of Mount de Sales was the elite girls winner at the prestigious Bull Run Invitational at Hereford High School on Saturday.
Nanjappa finished the course in 15 minutes, 43.8 seconds to edge South River’s Sam Keeny (15:47.2) and Severna Park’s Jake Geland (15:56.8) in a field of 207 runners.
Severna Park won the boys elite team title with 34 points, easily outdistancing second-place River Hill (126).
Whitaker finished in 18:26 to top a field of 149 by 37 seconds. Howard’s Amanda Eliker finished third in 19:23, leading the Lions to the team title.
Arundel’s Tanner Piotrowski (15:56.6) won the large school boys race and Broadneck won the team title, led by Spencer Tate’s second-place effort.
Arundel’s Niya Torres (19:27.3) won the large school girls race and Annapolis’ Katie Ericson finished as the runnerup.
No. 9 Eastern Tech 3, North Harford 2: Leam Wilson scored the go-ahead with 10 minutes left in the game on a penalty kick as the visiting Mavericks (6-2) beat the Hawks (4-2). North Harford took a 2-0 lead in the first half. Eastern Tech goalie Taylor Spivey made a finger-tip save in the closing two minutes to preserve the win.
Chesapeake-AA 4, Southern 0: Ashley Chew and Brooke Hurst each scored twice to lead the host Cougars (4-1-1) over the Bulldogs (1-3). Ella Shannon had two assists and Sarah Cuttler made three saves for Chesapeake.