The Harvard Cup race has suddenly become a tangled mess.
Blame South Park quarterback Keith Smoot.
The junior hit 12 of 18 passes for 242 yards and four touchdowns Saturday as the Sparks thumped previously unbeaten Lafayette, 30-0, to forge a three-way tie for first place.
South Park, Hutch-Tech and Lafayette are all now 4-1. Kensington, McKinley and Burgard sit a game back at 3-2. Lafayette entered the weekend as the only unbeaten team.
Smoot hit Jerome Johnson on a 69-yard scoring strike on the game's first play and a defense that forced six turnovers easily made that initial score stand up. Smoot also threw a a 37-yarder to Johnson.
On defense, Shawn Johnson had a sack for a safety, an interception and a fumble recovery. Linebacker DeMario Jones had 10 tackles and forced two fumbles, while linebacker Marvin Jones registered two sacks.
Kensington 8, McKinley 0: Quarterback Mark Harwell's 1-yard sneak late in the third quarter and Montell Marks' conversion run were all the Knights needed. Kensington sealed the win on Devin Simmons' interception at the 10 in the final minute. Marks rushed for 104 yards while the Kensington defense made the lead stand up with seven sacks. Montrice Webster (10 tackles), Maurice Dixon and Rashaad Davis had two sacks apiece.
Hutch-Tech 7, Riverside 6: Josh Hall, Don Wood and Chris Smith combined to stop a conversion run with two minutes left, preserving the Engineers' squeaker. Hutch-Tech scored in the first quarter on Keenon Jackson's 15-yard run and extra point. Riverside responded on William Morris' 2-yard run.
Burgard 42, Bennett 8: Phillip Purdue accounted for 198 all-purpose yards and accounted for five touchdowns as the Bulldogs scored 34 first-half points. Purdue hit a 58-yard TD pass to Larry Pipper. Harold Wiggins rushed for 154 yards.
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St. Joe's 21, St. Mary's Lancaster 0: The Marauders (5-1, 5-0) rushed for 260 yards in blanking the Lancers. Kenny Harris, Mike Gaudagna and Pete Fanti ran for the TDs, with Harris' coming from 38 yards out. Steve Tripi (11 tackles) and Bryan Knight (10 tackles, two sacks) led the defense.
St. Francis 14, Turner/Carroll 6: Jim Velasquez's 1-yard TD run and Jamie Jayes' 45-yard TD pass to Jeff McDonald gave the Red Raiders (2-4, 1-3) a 14-0 first-quarter lead that proved insurmountable. St. Francis' Josh Haas rushed for 185 yards, while Jay Pinkert had 14 tackles to spark the defense.
Bath 31, Nichols 8: The Vikings (2-4) gave up 24 first-quarter points and were stopped three times inside the Bath 10-yard line in the first half in losing to the state's No. 8 Class B team. Bath is 6-0. Nichols' A.J. Wright, who carried 17 times for 150 yards, scored on a 6-yard pass from Greg Barton. Barton completed 7 of 11 attempts for 109 yards and also made nine tackles at free safety.