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Upsets on tap for Week 6

10/12/2009

UPSET SPECIAL

Week 6 looked to be the week of the underdog as several ranked teams were upset. No. 6 Loyola's 19-game winning streak ended in a 21-0 loss to No. 23 McDonogh. Staying in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA), No. 9 Gilman lost to Calvert Hall.

Since the teams are so close in the rankings it is difficult to think of Urbana over Thomas Johnson as an upset, but it was No. 21 over No. 20. In a couple of near misses, No. 24 Clarksburg took No. 7 Quince Orchard to overtime. No. 19 Flowers took No. 12 Suitland to the extra quarter too. In each cass, the higher-ranked team won.

MADE TO BE BROKEN

It was an exciting week in Gambrills as two Arundel athletes put their names in the record book.

Quarterback Billy Cosh broke the public school record for career touchdowns with a seven-TD performance against Glen Burnie in a quarter-and-a-half of play. Cosh now has 85 career touchdowns, surpassing the previous record of 80 shared by Joe Haden (Friendly) and Deonty Twymann (Sherwood). The overall state record of 113 by Keith Ricca (St. John's at Prospect Hall) is within reach for Cosh if Arundel advances deep into postseason play.

A quieter record was that of kicker Greg Korvin who tied the state record for most extra points made in a game with 10. Korvin tied the record, which is held by four players, including Linganore's Alex Eckard who tied the record in a game two weeks ago.

3A WEST WATCH

The top two teams made a statement this week in 3A West. Quince Orchard came from behind to defeat Clarksburg in a big regional game this week while Linganore defeated a good Friendship Collegiate (D.C.) team.

Clarksburg and Tuscarora round out the final two playoff spots for now with Seneca Valley, Damascus and Albert Einstein sitting just outside. Tuscarora and Linganore have a tough stretch of games over the next few weeks.

The Titans play Thomas Johnson, Linganore, Urbana and Riverdale Baptist the next four weeks while Linganore plays Frederick Tuscarora, Thomas Johnson and Urbana to end the season.

Seneca Valley has rebounded from its 0-2 start with four straight wins, but still has Quince Orchard on its schedule, and Damascus still has to face Clarksburg. Speaking of Quince Orchard and Einstein, the two teams will face each other this week.

CLOSER UPON FURTHER INSPECTION?

The Linganore win is telling for a second reason -- it is the one common opponent between them and No. 1 DeMatha. The Stags defeated Friendship 45-12 while the Lancers won 48-8. These two teams have been separated by no more than 10 points in the MDVarsity.com High School Football Media State Poll, with DeMatha receiving the majority of the No. 1 votes. While we will never see these two teams play, a similar win over a common team gives the impression that these two teams may be a better matchup than many would have thought.

ESPNRise encourages comments from its users. Leave a comment below. Mike Loveday covers high school sports for ESPNRISE.com. Mike can be reached at Michael.Loveday@espn.com