FORESTVILLE – The rain eventually let up on the Liberty Christian football team on Saturday. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the Bishop McNamara Mustangs did not. McNamara quarterback Ramar Williams set a huge milestone on the day, as he moved into third place on Maryland’s all-time high school passing list by throwing for 228 yards and […]
FORESTVILLE – The rain eventually let up on the Liberty Christian football team on Saturday.
Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the Bishop McNamara Mustangs did not.
McNamara quarterback Ramar Williams set a huge milestone on the day, as he moved into third place on Maryland’s all-time high school passing list by throwing for 228 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-0 shutout victory over Liberty Christian. Williams was excited, yet humble, on passing former Fort Washington standout Joe Haden on the in-state list.
“The record is a milestone to me,” Williams said. “A lot of people said I could break that record and I finally did. So it’s off my chest. I’m shooting for the state record now.”
The all-time Maryland passing record is still a long way off for Williams, as Keith Ricca of St. John’s-Prospect Hall amassed 9,090 yards between 2002 and 2004. But should Williams continue to play like he did on Saturday, second place on the all-time list should be well within reach. He is now less than 100 yards shy of passing Billy Cosh of Arundel High School. Cosh threw for 7,433 yards between 2007 and 2009.
McNamara head coach Keith Goganious spoke very highly of his star quarterback’s day.
“He deserves it,” Goganious said. “He’s worked hard for four years and he is a very talented young man. When you play well as a team, you can reach those milestones. Everyone has to remember that Joe Haden is a heck of a football player. And to pass him? That says a lot about the kid.”
It was definitely a team effort against Liberty Christian, as Darnell Ivey started off the scoring for the Mustangs with a 37-yard scoring run midway through the first quarter to give his team an early 7-0 lead.
In the second quarter, the Mustangs’ special teams executed a beautiful punt and downed the kick inside the two-yard-line. McNamara’s defense would capitalize on the play by forcing a safety to make it 9-0.
On the locals’ possession after the safety, Williams threw his first touchdown of the game. After two Mustang penalties made it 1st-and-30 at their own 30-yard-line, Williams found Camari Murray for a 70-yard touchdown strike. The score put McNamara ahead 15-0 with 8:42 remaining in the half.
Liberty didn’t offer much in terms of moving the football on offense. When the Bulldogs finally did break into the McNamara red zone with two minutes to go in the opening half, they turned the ball over on an interception. The turnover allowed McNamara to put the game out of reach.
Williams executed a near-flawless two-minute-drill and marched his team down the field. He capped off the drive with his second touchdown toss of the game. This one came on a beautiful 27-yard back-shoulder fade to Charles Kelly, who made an amazing toe-tapping catch as he fell out of the end zone.
As Liberty continued to struggle in the second half, McNamara did not and upped the tempo of its game with its no huddle offense. Ivey would again find the end zone in the third quarter, this time on an 18-yard scamper to put the Mustangs ahead by 29.
Williams connected on his third and final touchdown of the game just 40 seconds into the fourth quarter when he fired an 8-yard bullet to Brian Thompson. The score put McNamara ahead 35-0 and allowed the starters to sit out the remainder of the game.
“We came out here and got the job done,” Williams said. “We had a great week of practice and it showed on the field today.”
McNamara moves to 2-1 overall and is unbeaten at home.
Liberty 0 0 0 0 – 0
McNamara 7 15 7 6 – 35
M – Darnell Ivey 37 yard touchdown run, 7-0
M – Defensive Safety, 9-0
M – Ramar Williams 70-yard touchdown pass to Camari Murray, 15-0
M – Ramar Williams 27-yard touchdown pass to Charles Kelly, 22-0
M – Darnell Ivey 18-yard touchdown run, 29-0
M – Ramar Williams 8-yard touchdown pass to Brian Thompson, 35-0