Georgetown Prep boys triumph over Bullis to win IAC hoops title

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Georgetown Prep’s Chimezie Offurum (#12) pops the one-handed jump shot as Bullis’ Lincoln Yeutter (#33) looks on and Kolin Lewis (#13) tries to sell a charge call. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHGeorgetown Prep’s Chimezie Offurum (#12) pops the one-handed jump shot as Bullis’ Lincoln Yeutter (#33) looks on and Kolin Lewis (#13) tries to sell a charge call. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  NORTH BETHESDA — For the past eight years, two schools have had a stranglehold on the Interstate Athletic Conference Tournament Championship trophy – Bullis and Episcopal.

However, the Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas varsity boys basketball team was crowned the 2018 IAC Tournament champion following a 60-49 win over the visiting Bullis Bulldogs Tuesday at The Hanley Center.

The Georgetown Prep senior class will graduate this year knowing they were the first team in a decade to capture the IAC championship trophy.

“This group is so special,” said Georgetown Prep head coach Ryan Eskow. “I can’t even describe how special this group is.”


Churchill wrestlers earn Paint Branch crown, eye Damascus showdown

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20180120 The Pit 195lb 1Both Andrew Welch of Churchill and Ike Kalu of Western Tech are exhausted as their 195-lb weight class finals took 8:00. Welch prevailed for the win. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  Sean Mahan (145), Fio Tranquill (182) and Andrew Welch (195) won titles, with seniors Chris Ervin (120) and Jack Connolly (138) finishing second as Churchill placed 11 wrestlers within the top six of their weight classes to win the 21-team Paint Branch Invitational Tournament on Jan. 19 and 20.

The Bulldogs (18-0 overall, 8-0 minus tournament dual meets) outscored runner-up Old Mill of Anne Arundel County 220.5-to-203.5, continuing their tremendous year under coaches Tim Lowe and Tony Howard heading into Saturday’s tri-meet with Quince Orchard at 15-time county champion Damascus.

At Paint Branch, Elijah Jack (152) finished third, Ryan Kaplow (220) and Alec Velikanov (285) were fourth, Carlos Villamar (132) fifth, and Parker DeSalvio (160) and Mac Ballman (170) both sixth.

The Bulldogs are now 3-0 in tournaments, having gone 10-0 to win the Rocket Launch Duals at Richard Montgomery and captured the title at the Joe Verciglio Memorial Tournament at Chantilly High of Virginia under Lowe, who was a two-time state champion at Einstein while Howard was a three-timer at Magruder.


Georgetown Prep stays ahead in showdown with Bullis, winning 63-53

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CUT: Georgetown Prep’s Milton Bynum (#3) takes the ball up court as a Bullis’ Kolin Lewis (#13) gives chase in Thursday night’s game. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHGeorgetown Prep’s Milton Bynum (#3) takes the ball up court as Bullis’ Kolin Lewis (#13) gives chase in Thursday night’s game.   PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  BETHESDA — In the first battle of the year of the top two teams in the Interstate Athletic Conference, it was the Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas varsity boys basketball team who emerged victorious over the Bullis Bulldogs with a 63-53 victory that was won largely on the backs of Georgetown Prep’s big three – Jared Bynum, Ike Nweke and Mezie Offurum – whose combined efforts kept the Hoyas from ever trailing.

“I think it was a sloppy game on both sides,” Georgetown Prep head coach Randy Eskow said. “We need to come out, and we need to be able to win sloppy games. I thought we won a sloppy game tonight, and at the end of the day, that’s what we needed to do.”

As the game tipped off, it was senior Ike Nweke – the Hoyas’ center and a Columbia commit – who was unstoppable, as he led his team on both ends of the floor by amassing four points and four rebounds within the first four minutes of the game, allowing Georgetown Prep to quickly garner a 9-2 lead. Although Bullis made a small run in the middle of the first quarter, Georgetown Prep’s Dejean Desire got hot and pushed the Hoyas back out to a seven-point lead which they held at the end of the first quarter for a score of 18-11.


Georgetown Prep tramples St. Albans 41-0 on homecoming

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G. Prep vs. St. Albans FB 11 4 17Georgetown Prep's Justin Clark (32) falls into the end zone, scoring one of many touchdowns against St. Albans during the Little Hoyas' homecoming game. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  BETHESDA — Georgetown Prep backup quarterback Peter Davin, filling in for injured starter John Ridgway, led the Little Hoyas to a dominant 41-0 victory on Saturday over the St. Albans Bulldogs in his first career start.

“It was scary at first,” Davin said of getting his first start. “I had butterflies in my stomach at first. But then, you just take the first snap and you become really comfortable. Everything you practiced comes easily…Everything just started clicking, we started hitting passes, started hitting the holes, and everything just worked out.”

Early on in the game, Georgetown Prep leaned on the run, like they also do with star running back Jalen Hampton, but they did not hide their backup quarterback. Davin was given many chances to throw the ball, and it was on his arm that Georgetown Prep scored its first points.


Late touchdown pushes Landon past G. Prep and back into IAC race

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Landon vs. G. Prep FB 10 21 17 Thomas BaldwinThomas Baldwin (6) scores a touchdown in the final seconds, winning the game for the Landon Bears over the Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  BETHESDA — In a crucial matchup between Interstate Athletic Conference football teams, the Landon Bears topped the visiting Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas at home on Saturday afternoon 10-3.

Landon had just suffered a loss to Bullis in which the Bears did not score an offensive touchdown. For Landon to stay in the race for IAC title contention, the game against the Little Hoyas was a must-win.

However, the first break of the game went in favor of Georgetown Prep, as Landon would fumble early in its opening drive.


Jalen Hampton leads G. Prep football to 28-9 win over Benedictine

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G. Prep Little Hoyas vs. Benedictine Cadets 10 917Georgetown Prep quarterback John Ridgeway (9) gets through the line of scrimmage.   PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  BETHESDA — A Georgetown Prep sophomore running back ran wild on the Benedictine defense as the Little Hoyas topped the Cadets 28-9.

Sophomore running back Jalen Hampton was a star for the Little Hoyas against Benedictine. The Georgetown Prep varsity football team had leaned on the run all season, but the Little Hoyas reached a new level of success in using that tactic on Saturday. Hampton finished the game with 239 rushing yards on 29 carries with three touchdowns.  

Benedictine started the game with the ball, and was driving down the field. The Little Hoyas’ defense struggled to stop the Cadets on their opening drive. That is, at least until Prep’s junior defensive back Thomas Muldoon picked off Benedictine quarterback Jay Woolfolk on a pass over the middle. Muldoon cut to the outside, and ran past the Cadets 70 yards back for a touchdown to put his team up 7-0.


Georgetown Prep dominates Riverdale Baptist football team, 34-14

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NORTH BETHESDA- The Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas showed no mercy against the Riverdale Baptist School Crusaders varsity football team in a 34-14 home opener victory  Friday, which highlighted the Little Hoyas’ 800th game.

It was never a question which team would win. The Little Hoyas scored first, forced vital turnovers and had a special teams squad that scored three touchdowns.

Meanwhile, the Crusaders only managed two touchdowns. They struggled to get past turnover issues and they botched vital passes that could have turned the tide of the game.

The first touchdown came on a 99-yard rush to the end zone by Little Hoyas senior running back Drew Back in the first quarter.

Sophomore Little Hoyas running back Jalen Hampton followed suit with a 23-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter as well. The score was 13-0, in favor of the home team, going into the second quarter due to one successful extra-point kick and one botched kick.

The Crusaders started the second quarter with a rushing touchdown by junior running back Sadiq Salawu, but the Little Hoyas retaliated as their special teams blocked senior Crusaders kicker Zechariah McBride's punt near the end zone and senior wide receiver Beau Hanley recovered it for a touchdown.

The Little Hoyas special teams struck again and blocked another punt in the second quarter, but this time sophomore tight end Jack Plank recovered it and drove into the end zone.

No scoring happened in the third quarter, but both teams made up for it in the fourth, as junior wide receiver Finn Muldoon scored for the Little Hoyas and junior quarterback Justus McDougal scored for the Crusaders.




Gonzaga dominates Georgetown Prep, wins Jesuit Cup

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MPI GPvGonz 0342Gonzaga's Dean Engram (6) celebrates with teammate Aidan Rafferty (66) after their second touchdown in the second quarter. Gonzaga went on to defeat Georgetown Prep 40-0. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

WASHINGTON — In a battle of two D.C. area powers, the Gonzaga Eagles rolled over the Georgetown Prep Hoyas to the tune of a 40-0 victory, and won the Jesuit Gridiron Classic Saturday.

The Gonzaga offense was rolling throughout the game, and it didn’t take long for it to get going. On the opening drive of the game, Gonzaga junior John Marshall made it to the end zone with a 22-yard touchdown run.


Prep grabs 12-0 scrimmage win over Whitman

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MPI GTPrepWhitman 066 2Whitman Vikings quarterback Elliott Kelly under pressure from Georgetown Prep's defense during football scrimmage. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  ROCKVILLE – A heavy rainstorm couldn’t keep the Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas from defeating the Whitman Vikings in their first scrimmage of the season on Friday, 12-0. 

A rainbow framed the field as both squads stomped onto the rain-soaked turf. Since the game was a scrimmage, there were no quarters, kickoffs or halftime. Coaches from both teams stood in the opposite end zones and watched intently, shouting instructions.


Georgetown Prep trounces Urbana in Summer league

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MPI GPrepUrb 0177Eric Mitchell (3) on the floor Sean Berry (12). PHOTO BY MARK POETKER      ROCKVILLE — The Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas varsity boys basketball team (5-5) trounced the Urbana Hawks (0-7), 64-39, in the Maryland Summer Elite League at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School on Tuesday evening.

The Hawks were at a disadvantage. They only had five players.

“We battled,” said Hawks head coach Mike Jarboe. “We only had five guys and we didn’t foul out. Jason Haluis didn’t foul out so we finished with five. That’s the highlight.”

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