Class 4A North Region championship
Catonsville (11-0) vs. Poly (11-0)
Last week: Catonsville defeated Paint Branch, 30-28, Nov. 11; Poly defeated Perry Hall, 50-21, Nov. 11
Outlook: For the first time since 2005, when Frederick and Montgomery county schools were put into the 4A North Region, an area squad will claim a berth into the state semifinals. The Engineers and Comets remained unbeaten after region semifinal decisions last week.
No. 7 Catonsville got another huge performance from junior running DeAndre Lane, who rushed for 183 yards and three touchdowns. Lane scored consecutive touchdowns in the second half as the Comets overcame deficits of 9-0 and 21-17.
No. 4 Poly had little stress in ending Perry Hall’s campaign. The Engineers scored the game’s first 38 points, invoking a running clock in the second half.
Jamal Chappell rushed for 156 yards and two touchdowns, and senior Jordan Garrison scored twice and intercepted three passes. The 50 points were a season-high.
Friday’s matchup of two of the three only remaining unbeaten teams (Old Mill is other) in the area has the makings of an offensive show. Catonsville can score quick or go ball control with Lane in the backfield along with Josh Hylton and 6-foot-5 Deniko Carter and 6-4 Sean Lipscomb on the perimeter.
Poly can do the same with senior quarterback Darrell Milburn with Chappell, Orville Keize, Priestly Shuler, Brandon Jones. Garrison is a threat running the “wildcat” as well as on the perimeter with Virginia Tech commit Donovan Riley.
Patterson, then coached by current Poly coach Roger Wrenn, was the last Baltimore area team to win the 4A North. Wrenn is retiring at season’s end after 38 years as a coach.
Catonsville is enjoying its best season under Rich Hambor. The Comets last reached a region title game in 2007, losing to eventual state 3A runner-up Hereford in the North Region finals.