It was a successful opening weekend for Dundalk and Patapsco High School’s football teams, which both won their respective games on Friday and Saturday.

The Owls won against the Century High School Knights, going 35-0 against the Sykesville school on Friday night.

“We had a shutout pitch by the defense, which was pretty exciting,” Owls head coach Matt Banta said. He also shouted out wide receiver Marcus Nicholson for two touchdowns thrown by Calvin Stokes, Jordan Fiorenza for scoring two touchdowns and Antonio Brown, who scored a pick six.

The Patriots won in a closer game against Towson, scoring the win against the Generals 14-13 on Saturday.

“Our biggest play, for sure, we had a pick six on our first defensive series by Elijah Bass,” Patriots head coach Tyler Clough said.

The Patriots were up 14-0 for most of the game, until the Generals got lucky with a Hail Mary pass in the fourth quarter.

But Bass “did all the heavy lifting” for the Patriots, and pulled things together.

Sparrows Point’s Friday night opener was less successful, as the Pointers lost 7-35 to Harford Tech.

Next weekend, Sparrows Point will play Parkville High School in an away game on Friday, Patapsco will play an away game against Lansdowne High School on Friday and Dundalk will play Parkville High School for another away game on Saturday.

Cross country

At a cross country meet at Dundalk High this Saturday, Sparrows Point junior Chris Demski and Chesapeake High senior Collin Benner were side by side towards the finish line, but Benner took a dive that knocked him into second.

“It was pretty neck and neck at the finish line,” Dundalk Cross Country coach Kevin Tran said on Tuesday. Both finished at just over 12 minutes for the 3,200 meter race.

With five runners, the Owls boys were the only team which qualified for a score at the meet, which included the Dundalk, Sparrows Point, Patapsco and Chesapeake boys and girls teams.

The Dundalk boys placed with a score of 15.

After the Demski-Benner run, things became a little less blue: the Owls’ Tristan Paulding came in third at 12:20, the Patriots’ lone runner Luke Seebode came in fourth with a time of 13:21, and Dundalk’s Perilet Gora came in fifth with a time of 13:59.

Out of all the schools, a total of only four girls competed on Saturday. Maya Medina, an Owl, scored first on the female side with a time of 18:10, then Pointer Laci Mento (19:45), Bayhawk Shydae Brown (21:50) and Pointer Nicole Kalbskopf (22:05).

The cross country teams will again face off, with the addition of Eastern Tech, on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at Dundalk High School.