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Montgomery Marty’s Weekly Picks for Sept. 21, 2017

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Hawgs back on top – but still have a ways to go

Montgomery MartyThe mighty Hawgs are back on top this week and Captain Kirk Cousins’ late touchdown pass gave this Buckin’ Bronco some hope for the season.
But the ‘Skins still need a better defensive scheme - some of that Packers “Nitro” might be good. We definitely got the personnel for it.
Meanwhile, two tough games are coming up for Hawgs fans. We win one of these two and watch out, NFL.
In high school action this week the High n’ Mighty thinks something mighty strange is going on.
Only three games were competitive - and only one was settled by one point. Blow outs ruled last week with Quince Orchard beating Clarksburg like a red-headed stepchild. The clock was spinning more than running.
A couple of teams have byes this week, so it’s going to be a light week - which might be good. Maybe a week of rest will help out.
For the rest of the teams out there, quit playing “Madden” and start playing some real football. At least learn how to stop the off-tackle run.
There’s a few good games this week so keep your fingers crossed:

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Redskins Fall To Ravens

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BALTIMORE – Washington Redskins rookie defensive lineman Jonathan Allen got rave reviews following Thursday’s 23-3 preseason loss to the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.

Allen, the No. 17 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, recorded his first NFL sack midway through the second quarter against Ravens backup quarterback Ryan Mallet.

“I thought he did good,” said Redskins cornerback Josh Norman. “I saw him back there a couple times.”

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Redskins Celebrate Fan Appreciation Day

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RICHMOND, VA. – Jonathan Allen, Arie Kouandjio and Terrelle Pryor Sr. were among the players who signed autographs and took photos with fans following a two-hour practice session on Saturday at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center.

Thousands of Redskins supporters came out for Fan Appreciation Day in advance of the team’s first preseason game.

“It’s a chance for the fans to see where we are and how far we’ve come,” said Redskins head coach Jay Gruden.

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Patriots find they have a MoCo connection

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady all but cemented his legacy as one of the NFL’s all-time greats with his performance Sunday in Super Bowl LI, but an unlikely hero also emerged from the game.

Patriots running back James White, a fourth-round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, had a breakthrough performance in New England’s 34-28 overtime victory against the Atlanta Falcons.

White, a former standout at the University of Wisconsin, caught a Super Bowl-record 14 passes for 110 yards and scored three touchdowns against Atlanta, including the game-winning 2-yard reception from Brady to help New England capture its second title in three years.

White, 25, received high praise from Brady but also had a relative in Montgomery County who was not at all surprised.

“That’s kind of what I expect out of him,” said Robert Pratt, 50, a cousin who lives in Silver Spring, “because he’s not an every-down back.”

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Churchill grabs NFL vet for coach

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Former NFL defensive back Willie Williams has been named the new head coach at Churchill High School.

Williams, a 13-year NFL veteran who played with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks, replaces Albert Song, who stepped down in early January after two seasons at the helm of the program.

The 46-year-old South Carolina native has been a Churchill assistant since 2009 and takes over a program that finished 2-8 in each of the past two seasons.

“It’s a different feeling,” said Williams, a former Churchill defensive coordinator. “I really do believe I was born for this.”

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Byrd honored during 2016 CKA Awards

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CKA Awards 1Montgomery College men's basketball head coach Keith Byrd received recognition at the CKA Awards ceremony June 1 in Silver Spring. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER

SILVER SPRING – DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director of the NFL Players Association, was the keynote speaker during the 2016 CKA Save Project Awards Night ceremony.

The second annual event was held June 1 at the Hampton Inn in downtown Silver Spring.

“This event is the highlight of our year as we honor the best in academic and athletic excellence,” said Keith Adams, President of the CKA Save Project.

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Fuller is latest Falcon to join NFL ranks

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FUllerKendall Fuller, formerly of Our Lady of Good Counsel, is now an NFL player. FILE PHOTO

Although Virginia Tech defensive back Kendall Fuller was picked later than most draft analysts projected, the former Good Counsel standout was elated when the Washington Redskins selected the Baltimore native in the third round with the 84th overall pick.

 

Fuller, who was a projected second round pick in most mock drafts, slipped to the third round because of a torn meniscus that cut his junior season at Virginia Tech short.

Despite the wait, Fuller can’t complain too much because he gets to play in his home state of Maryland and not far from his high school alma mater.

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A trio of Terps find their way into NFL draft

Former University of Maryland defensive back Sean Davis was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft last Friday night.

Davis, a D.C. native who played high school football at Maret, was the draft’s 58th overall selection.

“My dad loves the Steelers,” said Davis. “It’s awesome, I couldn’t hope for anything better. It’s the perfect situation.”

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