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Eastern Tech = Football State Champions
The third time
charm as Eastern Tech finally won the 2A State Title on Saturday with a
16-8 win over Queen Anne's at M & T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. It
was the first state football title in the school’s history. The
Mavericks lost the past two years to River Hill and had one other
appearance in the state finals in 1998. Eastern Tech becomes the first
area team to win a state title in football. According to the MPSSAA
website, Overlea (1988) and Perry Hall (1974) were the only other
schools to make it to the title game before losing.
Tech Gets Revenge on Chesapeake, Advances to State Semifinals
The Eastern Tech
Mavericks are back in the 2A Football State Semifinals
for the third straight year after defeating their Essex rival
Chesapeake Bayhawks 20-6 at CCBC-Dundalk last Friday night. Eastern
Tech was led by their defense and quarterback Zach Burkhardt, who had
133 yards rushing and a touchdown.
The Bayhawks handed Eastern Tech its first regular season loss
three years 15-13 back on Sept. 26, but the Mavericks were too much for
Chesapeake in the rematch.
“When you get beat by a good team, it motivates you to get a second
bite at the apple,” said Eastern Tech coach Marc Mesaros. “The whole
thing was about getting another chance at some redemption. We knew that
they are a great team.”
Chesapeake Beats Dundalk 14-12
Chesapeake Head Coach Mark
Junker has led his team to
the playoffs since he took over as coach in 2007, but had never won a
playoff game until last Friday. Junker and his Bayhawks defeated
Dundalk 14-12 in the first round of the 2A North Regional Semifinal at
CCBC-Dundalk. Junker was happy to get the win, but disappointed on how
sloppy his team played.
"Yeah, it was good to get the win, but we have some room for
improvement. We need to play more fundamentally sound," Junker said.
Dundalk actually grabbed an early 6-0 after a Tavon Henley 23-yard
touchdown run. Henley had 80 yards rushing and both Owl touchdowns.
Juwan Lipscomb also contributed to the Owl ground game with 71 yards.
On defense, the Owls were playing great too as Manuel Harris, Jr. got a
sack when Chesapeake went for it on fourth down. Dundalk looked to add
more points on their next two drives.
Rallo Responsible for Historic MMA Event in Baltimore
John Rallo began his fighting
career in 1998 making an instant impact
in local and regional tournaments. Under the tutelage of world-renowned
fighter Renzo Gracie, Rallo trained with a number of top-notch
competitors from the Renzo Gracie dynasty, including Sean Alvarez, Matt
Serra, Ricardo Almedia, Rodrigo Gracie and Roger Gracie. Rallo was
promoted to the rank of Black Belt on Nov. 22, 2006. He is the only
person in the tri-state area to be personally promoted by legendary
Rallo has competed or trained fighters in events such as UC, WEC, Elite
XC, Bodog Fight, Ring of Combat, King of the Cage, Reality Fighting and
the UWC. Rallo finished his career as the WEC's #2 Heavyweight in the
World. Today, John is the founder and head instructor of Ground Control
Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Baltimore. Taking control of the Academy
in 2001, the school currently enrolls over 200 students with 15
fighters in the group. In 2009, Rallo added two new academy locations.
There are now three Ground Control academies located in Owings Mills,
Columbia and Baltimore.
In addition to the academics, Rallo has spent the last 11 years
mastering the “business of the sport.”
Dundalk Upsets Sparrows Point 24-12
It might have been Homecoming at Sparrows Point, but
that didn’t stop
the Dundalk Owls from upseting the Pointers in a 24-12 win. After
trailing 12-6 at the half, Dundalk quarterback Alvin Thomas threw a
95-yardpass to Jonathan Bynaker and came back with an 80-yard touchdown
pass to Ndidi Ibe to help lift the Owls over the Pointers. The loss
drops Sparrows Point to 5-3, but they are still in third place in the
1A North Region.
Perry Hall Holds on for 28-17 Win Over
Perry Hall came into their home game with
Kenwood with a record of 2-2 and was on the verge of dropping to 2-3 as
they were trailing Kenwood 17-14 in the third quarter. That was until
Davonta Farrell broke off a 48 yard-touchdown run that gave Perry Hall
a 21-17 lead. Later, Farrell added his third touchdown run as the
Gators held off Kenwood 28-17. The Gator victory avenges a 21-17 loss
to Kenwood in ’08.
This game had the makings of a blowout as Perry Hall marched downfield
77 yards on its first possession and scored on a Robin Paguia 1-yard
touchdown run. Then Gators got the ball back after a Rodney Spears
interception, his first of two on the night, and went all the way to
the Bluebird 3-yard line. But Kenwood’s defense stepped-up and Bluebird
linebacker Mike Quirk forced an intentional grounding call on Farrell.
Quirk forced two intentional grounding calls and had one sack
throughout the game. The Gators were forced back to the Kenwood
29-yard-line and were stopped on fourth down.
Chesapeake Shocks Eastern Tech
Chesapeake sent shockwaves throughout the county as
Eastern Tech 15-13 last Saturday. Both teams came into the game with
perfect 3-0 records, but Eastern Tech was heavily favored since they
haven't lost a regular season game since 2006 and made it to the 2A
state championship the past two seasons.
“We have so much respect for Eastern Tech. They have been to the state
finals and we knew we had a daunting task ahead of us,” said Bayhawk
coach Mark Junker. “I told them not to worry about who they are
playing, but focus on the same fundamentals that we focus on each and
Chesapeake's defense has shut down opponents all year long, but they
haven't played an offense like Eastern Tech's. On the opening drive,
Mavericks appeared they would dominate the Bayhawks as they moved the
ball down to the Bayhawk 6-yard line, but the drive was stopped after
Chesapeake's TeAndre Gamble caused and recovered a fumble.
Tech Pounds Rival Kenwood
Kenwood and Eastern Tech renewed a
long-time rival at CCBC-Essex.
Kenwood came into the game with a 2-0 record, but found out why many
consider the Mavericks to be the best in the county.
Tech pounded the football all game in a 35-13 win over Kenwood. The
Mavericks ran the ball on its first two possessions and found
themselves with a 14-0 lead. The running back combination of Marquiese
Bannister, Criszon Brown and Emmanuel Gbor ran all over the Bluebird
defense. Bannister and Brown scored the first two touchdowns, but
Kenwood did not go away.
After being sacked by Tech's Dan McManus and trailing 14-0, Bluebird
quarterback James Brittingham threw a short screen pass to running back
Corey Johnson, who ran the ball 60 yards down the sideline for a
touchdown. The only problem was Kenwood's defense couldn't stop
quarterback Zach Burkhardt and Tech's high powered offense. Burkhardt
broke free for a 45-yard run and that set-up a Gbor 3-yard touchdown.
Kenwood's defense forced two turnovers, including a Mike Quirk
interception, but they were trailing at the half 21-6. Tech put the
game away in the early third quarter with another touchdown run by Gbor
and Martin Iaconi forced a Kenwood turnover on a kickoff. That led to
another Brown touchdown run.
Bayhawks Gets 20-7
Win Over Dundalk
When Chesapeake moved up from 1A
classification to 2A this year, they
were supposed to slow down and struggle against better teams. Of course
the Bayhawks didn't get the memo as they improve to their second 3-0
start in the past three years after beating Dundalk 20-7 last week.
The Owls also came into the game with a 2-0 record with wins over
Dulaney and Patapsco under the improvement of Coach Mike Downes.
Dundalk was able to create havoc and force three turnovers in the first
half. The Owls actually caused three fumbles on Chesapeake's first
drive. The Bayhawks recovered the first two fumbles, but the Owls
finally stopped the drive with a Manuel Harris fumble recovery at the
Dundalk 10-yard line.
The Owls continued to get turnovers as Niddi Ibe intercepted a pass and
should have scored a touchdown, but the play was called back after a
penalty. Dundalk also forced a fumble after a sack, but the Owls
couldn't get any points off turnovers. The Bayhawks defense, led by
Chris Brown and TeAndre Gamble's two sacks, keep Dundalk off the
The Bayhawks finally scored when quarterback Delvonta Cole threw a
5-yard touchdown pass to running back Pascal Tshiams in the first
quarter. Cole came back with another touchdown pass to running back
James Bedgood right before the half.
By Defeating Falcons 26-8
A pair of 0-1
football teams faced off in Overlea as the Perry Hall Gators traveled
down Belair Road to face the Overlea Falcons. The Gators started off
the season with a 33-7 loss to Joppatowne and the Falcons lost to City
College High School 20-6 in their opening game.
The Gators wasted no time and grabbed a quick 26-0 lead before the half
by scoring on their first three possessions. Since it rained and the
field was muddy, Perry Hall went to their ground game in their first
possession as running backs Rodney Lawson and Michael Thompson broke
some key runs and set up quarterback Davonta Farrell's three-yard
touchdown run. On the next possession the Gators used the big play to
extend the lead to 20-0. Farrell came back with another touchdown run,
but this time it was an impressive 35-yard run as he dragged a few
Falcon defenders down the field. Then Farrell showed off his passing
skills as he converted a fourth down pass to Robin Paguia for 30 yards.
Paguia took the ball to the goal line and scored a touchdown on a
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