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  • Writer's pictureSheldon Shealer

5 Stars

A pair of state record performances highlight our list of five players who had standout statistical performances last week.

GIDEON ITUKA, Gaithersburg, Sr.

The Wisconsin commit made an impact right away, scoring all five of Gaithersburg’s touchdowns in a 32-12 victory over Clarksburg. Rivals rates the 5-foot-10, 225-pound Ituka as the No. 3 running back prospect in Maryland and No. 1 among public school players.


Jones is nowhere to be found on recruiting sites, but that might soon change. The 5-foot-8, 185-pound senior is coming off a big junior season and unleashed a 321-yard, four-touchdown rushing performance on 29 carries in Old Mill’s 34-12 win over Annapolis.

MILES HALBERT, Northern-Calvert, Jr.

A bit undersized, and listed as 5-11, 170, Halbert is exceptionally fast and pulled off a game to remember with seven catches for a state-record 333 yards and three touchdowns. The baseball-football standout already has received interest from a number of regional FCS programs. Northern-Calvert dealt Westlake a 47-7 defeat. Halbert’s performance tops the 312 receiving yards by Jack Pilkerton from La Plata in 2013, who had set the SMAC and state mark against … Westlake!

ISAAC ORGANISTA, Paint Branch, Jr.

This record-setting performance comes with some pushback by members in the community. Paint Branch simply walloped a struggling Northwood program 84-0. The game was 70-0 at halftime. In the process of this one-sided affair, Organista converted 12 PATs (10 in the first half) to match the state record set by Cambridge-South Dorchester’s Tyler Harding against Snow Hill in 2015.

EVAN AUSTIN, Oakdale, Sr.

The Charlotte commit displayed his athleticism in Oakdale’s dramatic 22-21 win over Milford Mill Academy in a clash of highly ranked programs. The 6-foot, 175-pound athlete who plays quarterback rushed for 119 yards and two touchdowns, passed for 146 yards and completed a two-point conversion pass with 1:07 left for the game-winning margin.

Northern-Calvert receiver Miles Halbert celebrates one of his touchdown catches during Friday's win over Westlake. (Photo by Karen Remington)

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