The Marriotts Ridge football team finished the regular season 7-3 after a 34-6 win over visiting Mount Hebron (3-7) on Friday night, and now the Mustangs are heading to the postseason for the first time in their 10-year history.
"We're aiming for something higher now, a state championship. That's what we're going for now, that's the next goal," said senior Jordan Chandler, who rushed for three touchdowns and a two-point conversion, and recovered a fumble in the win.
The Mustangs are riding a five-game win streak into the 2A South playoffs, and have defeated their last three opponents by a combined score of 118-6.
Junior Trayvon Delk and senior Asad Dar also scored rushing touchdowns for Marriotts Ridge, and junior Bladen Miller intercepted a pass.
Mount Hebron's only score came on the last play of the game on a 19-yard touchdown pass from sophomore Rickie Williams to junior John Gant.
No. 8 Howard 28, Long Reach 0: Najee Savage rushed for three touchdowns and Winston DeLattiboudere had six tackles and three sacks as the host Lions (10-0) completed a perfect season by beating the Lightning.
Savage had 28 carries for 168 yards. Kevin Sheahin went 8-for-16 for 77 yards and two touchdown passes and Malik Anderson made seven catches for 67 yards and a touchdown for Howard.
Northwestern 38, Forest Park 6: Tremaine Bishop had 17 carries for 121 yards and two touchdowns and Martez Boone (11 for 129) rushed for two touchdowns and threw one touchdown pass as the Wildcats (6-4) earned a state playoff berth.
Blustery conditions forced both teams to a ground game. Boone completed two of three passes for 67 yards, including a 47-yard touchdown pass. The Foresters fell to 4-6.
Franklin 48, Catonsville 13: Senior Darius Hinton rushed for 172 yards and four touchdowns on 13 carries to lead the Indians to victory over the visiting Comets (6-4) on senior night. Catonsville had a 7-0 lead after Brian Taylor's 9-yard touchdown run, but the Indians responded with 41 unanswered points as they took advantage of seven Comet turnovers in the first half.
North Carroll 20, Manchester Valley 7: The Panthers were playing to keep their No. 2 seed in the Class 1A West region and, in all likelihood, host Mavericks needed a win just to make the playoffs.
After a tight first half, North Carroll dominated the third quarter on the way to a victory over rival Manchester Valley to close the regular season. It's the second consecutive postseason berth for North Carroll.
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Instead of relying on quarterback Jack Flowers, one of the top passers in the county, North Carroll turned to the ground game and Coby Lowe.
Lowe toted the ball 26 times for 160 yards and a touchdown. His longest run was a 59-yard dash in the second quarter inside the Mavericks' 10-yard line and it set up his subsequent four-yard scoring plunge.
Missing several big pieces on offense, the host Mavericks weren't able to string together more than one scoring drive. Star two-way player Luke Hochheiser was out with an injury, which took away arguably the Mavs' best weapon on the offensive side of the ball and the offense was playing with backup quarterback Jake Gerber with starter Brody Coleman still sidelined.