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September 28, 2009

Week 5 Weekend Wrap-up (Part II)

To borrow a term from overly enthusiastic college basketball announcer Dick Vitale, Week 5 was "upset city, baby!" Four teams in the top 25 fell to unranked foes, including No. 5 Westlake, No. 19 Eastern Tech, No. 20 Damascus and No. 24 Allegany. But the weekend's excitement didn't stop there. Atholton ended a losing streak of historical propostions to Wilde Lake, and Calvert Hall stepped up and took down MIAA foe Mount St. Joseph. And don't overlook the furious fourth quarter comeback Tuscarora had against Middletown.

Below are brief synopses of some of the best games from Week 5. Each week from now until the end of the season MdHigh will release its "Weekend Wrap-up" in addition to the main game story recaps.

Keyser (WVa.) 28, No. 24 Allegany 25

MdHigh marked the Fort Hill-Martinsburg affair a "Weekend Watch" game, figuring that Martinsburg would put up a much better fight then another West Virginia School - Keyser. Yes, the Keyser-Allegany matchup looked to be a Campers win from this reporter's perspective. But on a weekend riddled with top 25 upsets, it shouldn't have been a surprise when Keyser defended their turf and sent Allegany home with a 28-25 loss.

Keyser's victory came down to a goal-line stand. The Campers were clinging to a 25-20 lead when Keyser took the ball down to the 1-yard line with a minute left in the game. On the first two downs, Keyser quarterback Tyler Biser's draws were stopped cold. On third down, fullback Scott Kitrell was stuffed as well, setting up a fourth and goal at the 1 with 14 seconds left in the game. That's when Kitrell plunged through and gave the Golden Tornado the lead, 28-25.

Of course, Allegany could have put the game away on the previous possession. The Campers, ahead 25-20, were driving and had the ball on Keyser's 10-yard line. But they fumbled, allowing the Golden Tornado to drive 90 yards in 5:47 for the victory.

The game featured five lead changes. Keyser started the game with a 77-yard drive to take a 6-0 lead. Allegany immediately responded with a score of their own - quarterback Demetreous Taylor had a 2-yard touchdown run -- capped by a two-point conversion. Then, on a whacky sequence, Kitrell fumbled the ball, but his teammate Kadeem Garland picked it up and ran it in for a touchdown. Allegany answered with another sustained touchdown drive and followed up with a field goal, making it 18-14 heading into halftime.

Kitrell rushed for the go-ahead score in the third quarter, but Taylor hit Trevor Jessie with a touchdown pass to put the Campers back in front, 25-20. That set the stage for Keyser's last-minute heroics.

Tuscarora 21, Middletown 20

This game wasn't so much of an upset as a complete collapse on Middletown's part. Middletown was in complete control for three quarters and held a 20-0 lead entering the fourth. But with just over six minutes left in the game, Tuscarora began their improbable comeback.

Trailing by three touchdowns, Tuscarora got their first score of the day on a 13-yard run by running back Charlie Myers. The ensuing on-side kick failed, but Tuscarora got the ball back near midfield when Middletown's punter fumbled a snap. Tuscarora quickly moved downfield, and Myers caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Josh Marshall to make the score 20-14.

Middletown went three and out on their possession and punted the ball away. With the ball at midfield and 3:02 left on the clock, Tuscarora began their game-winning drive. Middletown's defense held initially, but on third and 20 Marshall hit Myers with a screen pass. He rumbled 25 yards for the first down.

After the first down, Marshall took his shot at the end zone. With less than a minute to go, he hit receiver Tyler Henry with a 10-yard touchdown pass, putting Tuscarora ahead, 21-20. The drive took nine plays and ran the clock all the way down to 30 seconds, effectively nullifying any chance Middletown had at a comeback.

Marshall completed 18 of 37 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns.

Poly 38, Patterson 18

Poly brought Patterson down from their high on Friday night. After knocking off the kings of Baltimore City, Dunbar, two weeks ago, Patterson was 3-0 and flying high. But Poly (4-0) gave them a cold dose of reality with a 38-18 victory.

Poly quarterback Antoine Goodson added to his 11-touchdown total by tallying two more. He rushed for both scores and compiled 153 yards on 17 carries. Unfortunately for Poly, Goodson suffered a shoulder injury in the third quarter and had to leave the game.

He wasn't the only offensive weapon that went down.

Poly running back Gabriel Ali-El rushed for 131 yards on 15 carries and scored a second-quarter touchdown to put Poly up 14-6. But in the third quarter, Ali-El suffered a head injury and was taken to the hospital after experiencing concussion symptoms. Both Ali-El's and Goodson's status for next week is unknown.

With Poly's two stars out, Patterson began to climb back from a 22-12 deficit. Goodson's backup, Darrell Milburn, came in and immediately threw an interception that set up a touchdown by Patterson's Deonta Winston. That made the score 22-18, but Milburn settled down and directed two touchdown drives to seal the win. He rushed for one score and threw a 12-yard pass in the fourth quarter for another.

Calvert Hall 17, Mount St. Joseph's 0

As Kyle Fuller (Virginia Tech) goes, so goes Mount St. Joseph's. The Gaels were expected to be one of the top 25 teams in the state this year, but ever since Fuller suffered an injury in Week 3, his team has looked demoralized. After starting the season 2-0, Mount St. Joe's has now lost three straight games.

Of course, it wasn't so bad losing to Good Counsel and Fort Hill, two teams that were ranked ahead of the Gaels. But on Friday night, they lost to Calvert Hall, which is coming off a winless season. What's worse, the 17-0 Mount St. Joe's defeat came on their home turf.

Give credit to the Cardinal. Calvert Hall came out fired up and has now won three in a row to move to 3-2. Quarterback Pat Fitzgerald scored the game's first touchdown with a 13-yard run late in the second quarter. After halftime, the Cardinal added a field goal to make it 10-0. Then defensive back Jimmy Schneider sealed the win with a fourth-quarter 83-yard interception return for a touchdown.

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