High School Sports Scene - December 5, 2011

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>> CALLAHAN: The state football
playoffs are all that's left
of the fall season.
We've got highlights from two
big games next on
"High School Sports Scene."
Hi, and welcome to this edition
of "High School Sports Scene."
I'm Sydney Callahan.
The fall football playoffs began
with two Baltimore County teams
winning regional championships.
>> REPORTER: A cold November
Friday night at CCBC Essex was
the setting for the 1A North
Regional Football Championship
as the Northwestern Wildcats
faced the undefeated
Overlea Falcons.
In the first quarter,
Alex Wells returns a
Northwestern punt 44 yards to
set the Falcons up in Wildcat
Quarterback Tevin Berry
connects with
Ashantee Washington, moving the
ball to the 7.
Alex Wells takes it the rest of
the way for the touchdown.
Two-point conversion is good.
Falcons up 8-nothing.
On Overlea's next possession,
Berry hits Fyne Ndukwe for a
27-yard touchdown.
The two-point conversion failed,
making it 14-0, Overlea.
>> [Cheering]
>> On the ensuing kickoff,
Monte Dennis recovers
a Wildcat fumble and takes it 16
yards for the score.
Northwestern finally got things
going at the end
of the first quarter.
Behind the running of
Will Gatling, the Wildcats
drove down the field, with
Gatling taking it the last two
yards for the touchdown and
adding the two-point conversion
to cut the score to 20-8,
On the next drive, the Wildcats
pick off Berry
to stop the Falcons.
But a fumble gave the ball back
to Overlea.
And this time, Berry does the
honors from a yard out, to put
the Falcons up 26-8.
On the very next play, Overlea
kicks off, and John McCargo
strips the ball and returns it
22 yards, stretching the
Falcons' lead to 32-8.
In the third quarter, Overlea's
defense stops a Northwestern
drive, and the Falcons
take over on downs.
But the Wildcats drop
Dequan Pettway for a safety.
Overlea wrapped up its scoring
in the fourth quarter, as Berry
finds Jeff Jones in the back
of the end zone,
to make the final score 39-10.
The win gave the Falcons the 1A
Regional Championship and a
berth in the state semifinals.
>> [Players cheering]
>> The Falcons' season ended in
the semifinals as they lost to
three-time defending 1A state
champions, Dunbar.
Congratulations to the Falcons
for a great season.
Meanwhile, Catonsville captured
the 4A North Region title,
sending the Comets to the
>> REPORTER: Hundreds of Comet
faithful packed the stadium at
Old Mill High School to cheer on
the undefeated Catonsville
Comets as they faced Old Mill
in a 4A state semifinal.
Things got off to a rough start
for the Comets.
On the opening drive,
DeAndre Lane loses the football,
and Old Mill recovers.
That leads to a 28-yard
touchdown run by Old Mill
running back Rob Chesson.
The kick was good, putting the
Patriots up 7-0.
Old Mill immediately regained
the ball with a successful
onside kick.
Four plays later, Chesson took
the ball in from the one.
Kick was good.
Old Mill up 14-0.
Catonsville's offense got moving
with a drive that bridged the
first and second quarters.
DeAndre Lane capped the drive
with a one-yard dive, to put the
Comets to within seven.
However, things quickly went
downhill for Catonsville, as
Rob Chesson scored on runs of
50, 34, and 39 yards before the
half ended.
In all, the Old Mill senior
would rush for over 300 yards
and seven touchdowns,
in a record-setting performance.
Down 42-7, the Comets did not
give up.
Josh Hylton scored on a 22-yard
run late in the third quarter.
And in the fourth quarter, Comet
quarterback Aaron Jones
connected with Deniko Carter
on a 47-yard pass play that
capped the scoring
for the night.
Final score -- Old Mill, 49,
Catonsville, 20.
>> Despite the loss, the Comets
had the best football season in
the school's history.
That wraps up fall sports in
Baltimore County.
Let's take a look back at some
of the highlights and recognize
the fall champions.
>> Now it's time to meet this
month's Outstanding Male Student
Athlete, Perry Hall
wide receiver Derek Taylor.
>> GAINES: Derek Taylor is a
senior and one of the last
remaining three-sport athletes
at Perry Hall High School.
After transferring to Perry Hall
in his junior year, Derek was
not sure he would go out
for football.
>> TAYLOR: It was more of, like,
a back-and-forth thing.
My friends wanted me to do it,
because I'd seen how much fun
they were having on the field,
and I didn't know
if I wanted to do it for myself.
But I realized it was my senior
year, and I'd only get to play
three sports one time.
>> STUDENT: We ended up playing
basketball together,
and that's how we met.
I didn't really know him too
well at the beginning of the
basketball season, but as it
went on, me and him
became good friends.
And then this year,
he played football.
I actually got him into
I told him, I was like, "We need
a receiver.
You need to play."
>> GAINES: Joining the Gators
as a receiver and safety, Derek
made an immediate impact.
>> TAYLOR: We run a spread
offense, and it's a hurry-up,
so we throw the ball a lot,
unlike most teams in the county,
who like to run, which gives us
a big advantage.
>> DeBAUGH: We got a lot of
possession receivers who can
catch the ball anywhere.
But as for, like, getting yards
after the catch, not really,
but Derek brings that big play
ability to the team.
>> GAINES: Observing what serves
as his biggest weakness,
Derek goes to every practice
and performs as if it were
a game in order to improve.
>> MAN: It's easy to, you know,
put your "A" game on when the
lights are on, on Friday nights,
and the crowd is there
and the adrenaline is pumping,
but to come out every day,
practice and work hard, shows a
tremendous amount of maturity
on his part, and it gets some of
the other players that aren't
necessarily practicing hard,
day in, day out,
to raise their level.
>> GAINES: Derek acknowledges
that basketball was the sport
that came most natural to him
and that football was more
>> TAYLOR: It was tough at
first, trying to gather all the
information and offenses that
we run, but once I got the hang
of it, it came really easily and
really quickly.
>> DeBAUGH: When he came in, he
wasn't the best, but then he
started working hard every day
after practice, like, "You know,
Mike, let's throw a little bit
after," and I'm, "All right."
And every day, after two-a-days,
you know, we were
throwing after, and you could
just see the improvement oike
that, like, as soon as the first
game of the season came, it just
made a big impact.
And it was because
of the hard work.
>> GAINES: Now a valued member
of the football team, Derek did
not get off to a good start with
his future coach.
>> ROBINSON: He'd made a joke
about, I think, us losing the
playoff game to one of our other
football players, and I was
standing nearby.
And the loss was still kind of a
sensitive subject for us, so I
took exception to it, even
though he was joking.
>> TAYLOR: I had always put
football down when I
first came here,
because the football players
were high up in our, like,
So him and I used to butt heads
a lot.
But, uh, this year, we've come
together, and I've really
enjoyed him.
>> GAINES: Despite his brief
stay at Perry Hall, Derek has
made an impression.
>> ROBINSON: This should be the
most exciting year of your life,
as a senior athlete, and I think
he's really enjoying it, and I'm
glad that he decided to play
football this year.
>> We'd like to wish Derek the
best in his athletic career and
all future endeavors.
For "High School Sports Scene,"
this is Capri Gaines.
>> Congratulations to Derek.
To honor his selection as this
month's Outstanding Male Student
Athlete, he will receive an
award provided by Allogram,
Incorporated, in Timonium.
Coming up next is Randy Dase
with "Coach's Corner."
We'll be back in two weeks with
another edition of
"High School Sports Scene."
We hope you'll join us then.
Until then, I'm Sydney Callahan.
Thanks for watching.
>> Hi, I'm Randy Dase, and
welcome to "Coach's Corner."
My guests today are
Emily Berman, the Towson High
School girls' varsity volleyball
coach, and one of her
senior Kelly Lacy.
Ladies, welcome to
"High School Sports Scene."
And I should say, Coach, welcome
back, right?
>> Yep.
>> And, Coach, this is your
fourth year as the head coach of
the girls' volleyball team, and
you've had some pretty good
success so far -- four county
championships, four regional
championships, and one state
That's a pretty good résumé for
a young lady.
>> It is, and it's much thanks
to Kelly.
>> [Dase laughs]
And, Kelly, you're a four-year
starter for the Generals.
And you had three other seniors
this year with you, right?
And so you have brought some
great success at Towson High.
What is the formula
for that success, Kelly?
>> I guess -- we have a lot
of -- our team is really great.
They work together really well,
and I think we're -- we hang out
all the time outside of school,
and stuff like that, so I think
that really helps on the court
and translate onto the court,
>> You know, we talk
togetherness, okay,
playing as a team.
Very cohesive group, Coach?
>> It is.
They get along well.
And I'm not saying they don't
squabble with drills and things
like that like all high school
girls do, but they do a good job
of separating off the court,
on the court, and they work
really hard, and they expect so
much from each other.
But they don't expect more than
they're willing to put in.
>> DASE: And I've walked by your
practices sometimes in the gym,
and, Coach, it's not a light two
hours, is it?
>> [Laughs] No, it's not.
Sometimes they bring extra
T-shirts to switch into.
>> DASE: Really?
Kelly, it's pretty tough,
isn't it?
>> Yeah, it is.
>> DASE: Yeah. Now, Coach,
I know that you're a Towson High
grad, and you graduated in 2001.
>> 2003.
>> 2003, I'm sorry, but in 2001,
you won the state volleyball
championship as a player as
a junior.
Presently, you teach English,
Why is volleyball so exciting?
Because you went on to college,
UMBC, played volleyball.
How did you get involved
with the sport?
>> You know, I was introduced to
it by some friends, and it's a
game that's really high-pace.
And I played basketball when I
was growing up, and they
translate really well.
It's a lot of fitness, but it's
also a lot of relying
on your team.
You can't -- there can't be a
shining star on a volleyball
You really have to rely
on all six players.
And once I got started, I just
got hooked, and haven't really
stopped playing or coaching
>> Now, Kelly, you're also
a lacrosse player.
And it's interesting -- you have
great success at volleyball,
but you're going to go to
Jacksonville next year
and play lacrosse.
How about volleyball for you?
What brought you to the sport?
>> My mom coached
for a long time, and I used to
come to the gym when she coached
at Towson, and I think that just
really made me love volleyball
so much.
And I started in fifth grade,
and I actually started in fifth
grade with Lauren Bosse,
who's also on the team.
And ever since then, I've been
It's been great.
I love playing.
>> And, Coach, let's talk about
her mom a little bit.
Didn't you play for her mom?
>> I did.
>> Tell us a little about her as
a coach, and did she
really motivate you
to become a coach?
>> Yeah, and I think that's
sort of where the intensity of
practice, and that's where it
started, and then I had club
coaches and college coaches who
were also intense, but in
different ways, and I think when
you become a coach, you kind of
take the good and bad of all the
other coaches that you've had,
and you kind of mesh into what
you enjoyed as a player, and you
also try to take into
consideration of the new kids
and what they're going to -- how
they're going to kind of take
you, and stuff like that, and
kind of mold yourself as a
>> What is the real difference
between college and high school
volleyball, that you see?
>> The speed.
It's a much faster game
in college.
It's a more -- quicker offense,
more transition work, and things
like that.
But really, it's the same
formula -- hard word, getting
kills, getting digs, those same
>> Kelly, when we started the
season this year, I guess the
goal, or the word was, "repeat."
>> Mm-hmm.
>> It didn't happen, did it,
>> It didn't, no.
>> Can you tell me why?
Because repeating is a difficult
Tell me why.
>> Well, usually, in our
division, we don't really face
too many hard teams.
I mean, we kind of breeze
We work on a lot of different
things during our regular
season, and once we get to
state's, it really hits us
a lot harder.
We have to work that much harder
to win, and it didn't work out
as well as we wanted it to
this season.
>> Yeah, Coach, it's probably a
lot of mind games.
>> It is.
>> Looking at your schedule this
year, I know you started off
with Arundel, right?
And they were ranked number one
in the metro area, and they beat
you guys, what, three-zip if I'm
not mistaken, right?
But then you beat some of the
independent schools here in the
Baltimore metropolitan area, and
then you came along, and you won
the county championship.
Tell us about that, because I
know it's a school north of
Towson that you like to beat.
>> It is.
Everyone loves beating Dulaney.
And I think even if you go
further, Hereford loves beating
Everyone just likes beating
And it was a good match for us,
because they're at a higher
level than we had been seeing,
and it -- like, I think, like
Kelly said, this year was harder
for us, in terms of not playing
a bunch of tough teams.
And in years past, we've been
able to overcompensate that.
We just weren't able to do it
this year.
>> So you won the county
championship, and then you
moved on to the region.
And in the region, again, you
breezed through.
And then you ended up at the
University of Maryland, playing
North Hagerstown in the state
Coach, tell us a little about
North Hagerstown, because
they're not really a team that
I've always associated with
>> No, and I actually went to
see them play in their regional
final, and we knew, going in,
that they were a middle-driven
They set their middles probably
90% of the balls, and the
outside hitters weren't
super-involved, but they
correlated well with us, in
terms of, they were very
They played really good defense
and were scrappy, and things
like that, so I thought, going
in, we would have
a pretty good shot.
We just could not stop their
middles that they had.
>> Kelly, as a player, what was
your perspective of the match?
And tell us a little bit about
the scoring, things like that.
>> Their middles were definitely
their strongest part
of their team.
They had really good defense.
We tried a lot of different
shots, and they were picking
them up.
We couldn't really -- there were
shots that they did, they had
this tip that we just couldn't
get, and their middles were just
so powerful, and we just weren't
used to it.
>> Coach, could you run down the
scores of the match for us?
Can you remember
back to the scores?
>> Yeah, I think it was 25-23,
we lost, and then the second
game, we won 25-17,
and then we lost 25-23 and
>> Now, I think -- I've not seen
a whole lot of volleyball, but
is the word "runs" pretty
>> It is, you get momentum in
volleyball, and it can really
go, and that's what happened
when we lost the third game.
We had won the second game,
and we had played well, and in
the third game, we went down
7-2, early in the game, and we
never recovered.
We were never able to get a
lead again.
>> I think it's amazing that
your team, though, Coach,
especially -- and we're going to
talk about last year, which I
think is one of the most amazing
accomplishments -- you're not a
big team, are you?
>> Uh-uh.
>> And when I say big, I'm
talking size.
>> Right, I think our tallest
girl is maybe 5'11".
Sometimes I like to push it up
there to 6 feet, but I don't
think she is.
>> And I look at Kelly -- Kelly,
how tall are you?
>> I'm 5'4".
>> Yeah, that's small for
volleyball size, isn't it?
>> Yeah.
>> But she's got a lot of heart,
>> Yes, and she can jump,
which is helpful.
>> Yes.
Well, so, anyhow, you lost to
North Hagerstown.
I know it was a little
disappointing, but they won
against River Hill, who are,
like, the big people in town,
because they knocked off
And they knocked off River Hill,
so it looks like they were
a good ball club!
>> They were, so it feels nicer
to lose to the eventual
>> That's right.
But let's go back to last year.
You won the state title, 2010,
and, Coach, I'm going to let you
describe it, because you were
playing Centennial, who
basically are the -- been highly
successful in the metro area for
years in volleyball, and you're
down at Maryland, playing,
right, and you're down two games
to zero in the state
And I would begin to think about
collecting the uniforms, Coach.
What were your -- what was going
through your mind at that time?
>> Yeah, I think you're correct,
I think Centennial almost has a
dynasty-type thing going on.
They had numbers on their hands.
I think it was their 14th try
for the state title.
It was an ambience going on that
they had an arrogance, a little
bit, that they were expecting to
win, and they kind of expected
to roll over us.
So two games down, we're kind of
in that position of, "Well, they
think they're going to roll over
us," and I think heart is the
big word there.
I think they willed each
other -- our girls -- to just
keep fighting and keep pushing
and never give up.
I mean, the noise volume in that
gym when we won the third game
and then the fourth game and
then the fifth -- it was
I mean, they were so proud of
each other.
I was so proud of them.
We were all jumping and
screaming and yelling.
It was just an unbelievable
match of just pure heart.
>> And what were the scores when
you came back to win those three
Can you remember?
Kelly, can you remember?
No? Okay.
>> I don't remember.
I know the fifth game was
>> Okay, and when you go to the
fifth, you only go to 15.
Kelly, what was it like last
year, being down two, as a
>> It was an amazing experience.
I don't think I've ever
experienced anything like it.
It was just so exciting.
I think we were all just so
happy for each other, and we
wanted it for each other,
and no one was playing for
And it was just an awesome
>> And those girls were mostly,
the key players were all juniors
at that time.
>> We lost our libero from
last year, and she truly was
unbelievable in that match,
throwing herself on the floor
just to get anything up, and
again, just having the heart and
not willing to not go for
So losing her and then another
defensive specialist and an
outside hitter were sort of what
we had -- we knew we had to
overcome, coming into this year.
But they were just unbelievable
in that match.
>> So, Kelly, you won't be
playing volleyball next year in
Are you going to miss it?
>> Yeah, I'm definitely going to
miss it.
It's going to be hard to not be
able to play something I've
played for so long.
>> DASE: But you've had great
memories at Towson High School.
>> Yeah, I've had
a really great time.
>> And that's important.
Remember those, because
sometimes college, you don't
have those memories, but you've
done a great job at Towson.
Well, Coach, congratulations on
your success so far as a coach
at Towson, with four county
championships, four regional
titles, and one state title.
You've got a long way to go,
Coach, so keep it going.
>> Thank you.
>> And, Kelly, I want to wish
you good luck next year at
Jacksonville, and hope you have
great success in lacrosse, and
congratulations on a great
career at Towson High School.
>> Thank you.
>> For "High School Sports
Scene," I'm Randy Dase.
Thanks for watching.
See you next time.