No. 5 Howard remains on pace for HoCo football crown; Agbai rushes for 130 yards (VIDEO HERE!!)

Robert Agbai made his final regular season game memorable. The senior rushed for 130 yards, leading No. 5 Howard to a decisive 40-0 win over 14th-ranked Atholton in Howard County football action.

No. 5 Howard High took another step towards another Howard County football crown, dominating 14th-ranked Atholton, 40-0, on Senior Night in Ellicott City Friday.

The two-time defending league champ Lions (9-0 overall, 8-0 Howard) finish the regular season at Oakland Mills next weekend. They’ll gain at least a share with a win.

Howard is tied for first with No. 6 River Hill, which defeated Glenelg, Friday. The Lions are also in contention for the top seed in the Class 4A North Region.

“We have been playing solid team ball all season long,” Howard coach Ross Hannon said. “We’re running to ball defensively, we’re not giving up the big play, nothing special about it, we are just playing balanced.”

Senior Robert Agbai rushed for 130 yards and three touchdowns for Lions while and Devin Dawkins ran for 104 yards and a touchdown.

“This was such a special night for me,” Agbai said. “I was doing this for my team and my whole who came out tonight to watch me play. Add it was senior which all the more special.”

Senior Robby Porter found a wide open Anthony Reid for a 35-yard touchdown strike in the first quarter to give Lions the early lead. Atholton attempted to answer when they picked up a 37-yard gain on a Brandon Houston reverse to put the Raiders into Howard territory. Unfortunately for the Raiders the drive came up empty when the missed handled the snap on a 37-yard field goal attempt.

Agbai added to the Howard lead in second finishing off a nine play drive with a 25-yard scamper with 11 minutes left in half.

“They are a powerhouse,” Agbai said about his offensive line. “They go 100 percent on every play and it’s great to play for them.”

Ten minutes later, sophomore kicker Michael Peter booted in a 20-yard field goal to increase the Lion lead to 17.

Starting from their own 39-yard line, Atholton (6-2, 6-2 Howard) got some positive offensive plays and was able to get into field goal range once again at the beginning of the third quarter. The Raiders couldn’t connect on the field goal try and gave the ball back to the Lions. Agbai ended the eight play drive of the Lions with a 10-yard touchdown run.

In the fourth quarter, the Lions were in position to add another score on third and goal from the one, but Atholton caused and scooped up a fumble to end the Lion scoring threat and Raiders started the drive from their own 2. Two plays later the Lions’ defensive got penetration and caused a safety.

On the ensuing possession Howard pushed the lead to 33-0 when Dawkins plowed through the middle of the Raider defense for a 7-yard touchdown run.

Sean Billups recovered a Lion fumble late in the fourth as they were looking for a way to spark their offense. The Raiders were able to string some good plays together and drive the ball all the way down to Howard 2-yard line. The drive ended when the Howard defense stonewalled on a fourth and goal run.

On the next play Agbai ended the night with a 98-yard touchdown down the left sideline for the final score of the game.

“We knew next week will be a good game and we just have to a great week in practice to keep things going,” Agbai said.

No. 5 Howard 40, No. 14 Atholton 0

Atholton 0 0 0 0 – 0

Howard 7 10 7 16 – 40

First quarter

Howard – Reid 35 pass from Porter (Peter kick)

Second quarter

Howard – Agbai 25 run (Peter kick)

Howard – Peter 20 field goal

Third quarter

Howard – Agbai 10 run (Peter kick)

Fourth quarter

Howard – Safety

Howard – Dawkins 11 run (Peter kick)

Howard – Agbai 98 run (Peter kick)