CLINTON – In a game featuring two of the county’s top running backs, Surrattsville High School senior Amaru Major stamped himself as the cream of the crop on Saturday afternoon in the Hornets’ 39-12 win over the Friendly High School Patriots. Major rushed for 328 yards and four touchdowns as the Hornets (6-3) secured a playoff berth […]
CLINTON – In a game featuring two of the county’s top running backs, Surrattsville High School senior Amaru Major stamped himself as the cream of the crop on Saturday afternoon in the Hornets’ 39-12 win over the Friendly High School Patriots.
Major rushed for 328 yards and four touchdowns as the Hornets (6-3) secured a playoff berth for the second consecutive year.
While Major did a bulk of the damage with his legs from his tailback slot, he also had a 22-yard run on a fake punt and intercepted a pass in the first half to end a Patriots drive.
“It was a good game for our whole team,” said Major, who scored on runs of 12, 55, 88 and 80 yardson Saturday. “We knew they were going to come in here fired up. This year we’re not going to surprise anyone, but our goal is to get to the state championship game. We want to be playing at Ravens Stadium in December. We really don’t want to end up short of that.”
Friendly (4-5) saw its slim playoff hopes evaporate in the second half. Although Friendly actually scored firston Saturdayon a 53-yard run up the middle by Ronald Bell, the Patriots would never regain the lead and they were outscored 21-0 in the second half when Surrattville’s defense limited Bell to -6 yards rushing on just two attempts. Bell finished with 78 yards on 10 carries.
“That seems to be the way our season has gone,” said Friendly head coach Vaughn Smith. “We always seem to be close at halftime then in the second half the other teams just make better adjustments than we do. We knew it was going to be tough to stop Amaru. We’ve seen plenty of film on him and he’s really good. We’ve faced all the best running backs in the county and he’s definitely the best one that we’ve faced.”
After Bell’s long touchdown run gave Friendly a 6-0 lead, Surrattsville countered with a nine-play, 65-yard drive capped by a 12-yard run by Major to even the score at 6-6.
Friendly crossed midfield on its next possession, but the Hornets’ defense sacked quarterback Reicardo Smith for a loss on fourth down.
Major gave the Hornets their first lead of the day on the very next play when he went off right tackle and got to the sidelines and then raced untouched for a 55-yard scoring scamper to go up 12-6.
On its first possession of the second quarter, Surrattsville went 68 yards in 13 plays to extend the lead to 18-6. Major carried eight times for 50 yards on the drive, but it was quarterback Robert Harris, III who plowed forward from one yard out for the score withjust under three minutes remaining in the half.
Friendly started its ensuing drive in Surrattsville territory and the Patriots took advantage of the short field. Friendly needed only six plays to go 47 yards, with Smith hitting Isaih Dozier on a nine-yard slant pattern for the touchdown that brought the Patriots to within 18-12 at the intermission.
But the second half belonged to Surrattsville and Major. After rushing for 140 yards on 14 attempts in the first half, Major topped that effort in the second half. On the Hornets’ second possession of the third quarter, Major went off left tackle and raced 88 yards for a touchdown and added the two-point conversion to give the hosts a 26-12 lead.
Then, on the Hornets’ second play of the fourth quarter, Major went off right tackle, bounced off several would-be Friendly tacklers and raced 80 yards down the sidelines for another touchdown and a 32-12 lead. With just over three minutes remaining, Hornets’ running back James Madlock scored from nine yards out and Angeles Hernandez added the extra point to make it 39-12. Madlock ran for 85 yards on 10 carries.
“I’ve been watching running backs for 30 years and he’s definitely a division-I talent,” Surrattsville coach Robert Harris said of Major. “He’s got the size, he’s got the speed and he’s strong. He can turn a short gain into a big gain like he did on a couple of occasions today.”