Washington & Frederick County High School Football Coverage Week 9 (October 28, 29, & 30, 2021)

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The South Hagerstown Rebels celebrate the 2021 Gridiron Championship Classic trophy

WASHINGTON & FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. (WDVM) – Coverage from Week 9 in high school football action from Washington, and Frederick Counties in Maryland.

South Hagerstown vs. North Hagerstown (Game of the Week)

Despite the cold, and rainy atmosphere, the South Hagerstown Rebels started off hot against the North Hagerstown Hubs, and walked out with a 28-7 win the Hagerstown Gridiron Championship Classic.

Pierre Nelson opened the game for the Rebels with a kickoff return for a touchdown, giving South Hagerstown a quick 7-0 lead. That lead would only grow with a short TD pass from Lance Ford, finding Jaiden Bowens in the end zone, and moving up 13-0 in the first quarter.

North Hagerstown would get one back, thanks to the effort from Brayshion Alexander, cutting their deficit 13-7. Despite a late chance to take back the lead with another score late in the first half, the Rebels’ defense would hold tight and keep them out of the end zone, heading into halftime with a six point lead.

In the second half, it was more of the defense that came up for South, with interceptions from Jaiden Bowens, and Alex Greene to keep the Hubs at bay.

On the flip side, the Rebels would convert on their chances on offense, with two late touchdowns from Alex Greene, and Manny Hill to give them the 28-7 lead.

That would be enough for the Rebels to walk out with a crucial road win over their intra-city rivals, North Hagerstown, right before the playoffs.

“I’m really tough on them, I expected a lot of them, a lot out of them, and they really rose to the occasion tonight.” said Head Coach Dave Lawrence, “I was super proud of them, we played good football. We ran the football well, we scored from special teams, and ended up getting a lot of turnovers, so whenever that happens the result is normally going to be good.”

South Hagerstown Cheerleaders

North Hagerstown Cheerleaders

Middletown Knights vs. Walkersville Lions

The Middletown Knights blanked the Walkersville Lions on the road, beating them 37-0.

The Knights would open their first quarter with a kickoff return that brought the ball all the way to the redzone, setting up Middletown for the easy 7-0 lead early.

Right before the second quarter, Middletown would fake a punt, catching the Lions off guard, and allowing Camren Baker to extend their lead 13-0.

The Knights would show no signs of slowing down; picking up their points through the defense as well, forcing a sack fumble, and then Vince Flook would proceed to return it for the 20-0 lead.

“It means a lot, and it’s definitely a big confidence booster heading into the playoffs. But we know, we could easily see this team down the road, and they’re a good football team.” said Head Coach Collin Delauter

The Knights finish with a 7-2 record in the regular season, and await the remaining results around the 2A West Region, before they are reseeded for the playoffs next week.

“You know one thing I can really harp on, is just the way these guys are coming together, and if we can continue to do that, I think we got great things for this team.” said Coach Delauter.

Linganore Lancers vs. Urbana Hawks

The Linganore Lancers pick up a comeback win over the Urbana Hawks on the road, 28-21, to keep the I-70 title in New Market, Maryland.

The Lancers would trail 14-6 at halftime, before bursting out in the second half for 22 consecutive points to give them the game.

Thomas Johnson vs. Frederick Cadets

The Frederick Cadets picked up a 49-0 win over the Thomas Johnson Patriots, to win the intra-city Championship title in Frederick County.

The Cadets finish their regular season as the #2 seed in the playoffs, their highest finish since the 2004 season.

Frederick’s Travon Neal would finish with 40 receiving yards in this game, breaking the single-season record with 843 total receiving yards so far. A record, previously held by Cadet alum, and Minnesota Viking’s legend Chuck Foreman, who had 823 receiving yards in his senior season in 1968.

Coincidentally, both Travon, and Chuck achieved this feat, in nine games.

“I would be like, ain’t no way. That’s not possible.” said Travon when asked if he thought he would beat the record back in freshman season. “I guess it just happened though. I know it’s like 20 yards so I’m going to get it, and not think about it. I’m not going to try and do more than what I need to do to try and get it.”

“All season long its been about being the best us we can be.” said Head Coach Kevin Perri, when asked about the focus his team will need for their playoff run ahead. “I think we beat us, and the other teams just capitalize on those opportunities, and I think we can continue to worry on what we need to fix, and not worry so much about the accolades, and worry about what other teams are going to do. If we can fix us, I don’t think there is a lot of wrong we can do.”

Other Washington & Frederick County Scores:

  • Smithsburg 21, Boonsboro 35
  • Brunswick 8, Catoctin 14
  • Tuscarora 8, Oakdale 47
  • Clear Spring 0, Berkeley Spring 54
  • Williamsport 55, Pikesville 0

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