THURMONT — Catoctin football coach Doug Williams normally keeps his emotions in check during a game, no matter how it’s going. But after Friday’s 53-6 win over Southern of Garrett in the opening round of the Class 1A West regional playoffs, Williams let loose a little bit.
After showing a few moves of his own on the sideline, Williams joined an impromptu dance party that his Cougars were enjoying in the middle of the field.
“Tonight, we showed up,” Williams said before promptly jumping into the middle of the team huddle.
He had good reason to be this excited.
Catoctin (9-1) played subpar football in the first half of last week’s game against Brunswick, staving off an upset.
Against the eighth-seeded Rams on Friday, the top-seeded Cougars played a complete game, amassing 451 yards in total offense, limiting Southern of Garrett to 76 yards in total offense.
“We had four good practices this week,” Williams said. “Our offense was clicking, our defense did a great job, just a great all-around game. We came out focused, right from the start.”
Friday’s win sets up a home rematch with Boonsboro at 7 p.m. next Friday in the second round. The Warriors defeated Clear Spring 44-13 on Friday.
Throughout the season, Catoctin relied heavily on a running game anchored by running back Carson Sickeri. There was no reason to stray from that game plan Friday.
As he has done all season, Sickeri was the game’s top rusher with 234 yards on 22 carries and three touchdowns. By halftime, Sickeri had already rushed for 205 yards.
“We stuck with our jet sweep on the runs,” Sickeri said. “But you always have to be wary when you play a team twice during the season because they already know what you look like.”
Catoctin defeated the Rams 46-21 on Oct. 4.
Less than three minutes into Friday’s rematch, the Cougars seized the momentum and never let up.
Catoctin went 71 yards on six plays. Bronson Snurr capped the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run. Simon Granados tacked on the extra-point, and the Cougars led 7-0.
At the 4-minute, 50-second mark of the first quarter, Sickeri scored on a 2-yard run, with Granados’ kick following. Sickeri had a 14-yard TD run with 18 seconds to go in the quarter.
Catoctin was up 21-0 after the first quarter and 40-0 at the half. The entire second half was played with a running clock.
“We executed our plays on offense like we should have throughout the game,” Sickeri said. “The offensive line did a great job on blocking all night.”
Jake Baker rushed for 38 yards and two touchdowns for Catoctin. He scored on respective runs of 3 and 2 yards in the last seven minutes of the first half, and also contributed to the Cougars’ staunch defense as a lineman.
“The defense did their jobs tonight,” Baker said. “The defensive line did a great job of pushing back the line of scrimmage, the pass coverage was on.”
Quarterback Ryan Orr completed 7 of 13 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown. Dylan Click had a TD reception.
Eli Frei had an interception for Catoctin, which set up the Cougars’ second score of the game.
With the game winding down, Williams turned to his bench, putting younger players into the game. Frei took a few snaps at quarterback late in the game.
“It’s great to see the younger players get a chance to get in the game,” Sickeri said.