Highlights in local sports feature football standouts in high school and college

DJ MooreMaryland wide receiver DJ Moore gets loose from Northwestern linebacker Paddy Fisher. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  Maryland junior wide receiver DJ Moore was a bright spot in the Terrapins’ 32-21 loss to Northwestern Saturday in College Park.
Moore, a Philadelphia native, became just the seventh player in school history to record 200 yards in a game, registering 210 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
“He’s been that way pretty much every week,” said Maryland head coach DJ Durkin. “He’s a really talented guy that plays hard. He runs good routes and has good ball skills. We do a lot to get him the ball and design it that way and he always answers the call.”

Moore, who caught a career-high 12 passes, now ranks 10th in program history with 110 career receptions, surpassing Azizuddin Abdur-Ra’oof who played at Maryland from 1984-87.
“DJ is a hell of a receiver,” said Maryland junior center Brendan Moore. “He played his butt off today. We expect more of that in the future.”
Despite the career day, Moore was bittersweet after his outstanding performance against Northwestern.
“I’m at a happy medium right now,” he said. “It was a career day. But, at the same time, we did lose. We have things we need to correct.”
Former Maryland basketball standout Walt “The Wizard” Williams was inducted into the Washington Metropolitan Basketball Hall of Fame last week during a ceremony that took place at the Watergate Hotel.
During his tenure in College Park, Williams was named an Associated Press All-American in 1992 after posting a school-record 26.8 points per game, 5.6 rebounds per game, 3.6 assists and 2.1 steals.
The Crossland High School graduate, who is often credited with resurrecting the Maryland basketball program, was the only Atlantic Coast Conference player to rank in the Top 10 in assists, steals and blocks during his sophomore campaign.
Williams, a Montgomery County resident, was selected as the seventh overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 1992 NBA Draft. He played eleven seasons in the NBA.
QO Beats Paint Branch FB 10 7 17Quince Orchard quarterback Kendell "Doc" Bonner (10) gains ground on a run against the Paint Branch Panthers earlier this month. FILE PHOTO. Quince Orchard senior quarterback Doc Bonner recently made a verbal commitment to play college football at Dartmouth.
“I’m very excited, very excited,” said Bonner. “I’m pumped. I’m pumped for it. I can’t wait.”
Dartmouth boasts a conference record 18 Ivy League Championships including four undefeated seasons since 1956. The New Hampshire based football program has also produced Eight Rhodes Scholars, 226 First Team All-Ivy selections, 72 All-Americans, 17 Academic All-Americans and more than 40 NFL players over the years.
“They’re getting a great player, a great kid, a great person,” said Quince Orchard head coach John Kelley. “They’re getting an all-around kind of special kid.”
Bonner, a three-year starter, is among the top high school quarterbacks in the area. Through seven games, Bonner has thrown for more than 1,200 yards and accounted for 23 touchdowns including nine rushing scores.
“Doc Bonner is a full man dude – the best quarterback in the state,” Quince Orchard junior linebacker Johnny Hodges told me the other week. “He can run it, he can throw it, he can jump. He doesn’t have any facial hair which is surprising but he’s a man to take down.”
Brendan McGonagle, a junior, has been on the receiving end of seven of Bonner’s 14 touchdown passes.
In Quince Orchard’s 47-0 win over Einstein last Friday, Bonner completed 8-of-9 passes for 225 yards and tossed three touchdowns.
“To be honest with you,” admitted Kelley, “he’s probably going to go down as the greatest quarterback to ever play here at Quince Orchard so he’s done a lot for our program.”
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