RM Rockets slip past Wootton Patriots, 40-34

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JGS 4074 Richard Montgomery running back T'Kai Ayoola (30) gets through the Wootton and scores in the 4th quarter, PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  ROCKVILLE – There are rivalry games and then there are barn burners.

When the Richard Montgomery Rockets clashed with their rivals the Wootton Patriots on Friday at Roy Lester Stadium, the two squads delivered the latter in a penalty-riddled scoring fest that saw the Rockets ride home on a 40-34 victory.

The game came down to the wire as the Patriots geared up for a game-deciding fourth-and-two on the Richard Montgomery 12-yard line with less than a minute left on the clock.

Wootton senior quarterback Grant Saylor passed to his right and Rockets senior defensive back Daryn Alexander was there. Alexander broke up the pass and ended the Patriots’ final chance at earning a win.

“I just saw the ball in the air and I just attacked it,” he said. “I just trusted my instincts. Defense wins games.”


Churchill defeats Wootton in boys soccer, 2-0

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POTOMAC – The Churchill Bulldogs defeated the Wootton Patriots 2-0 in a dominating performance at home in boys varsity soccer Thursday.

Controlling both halves, the Bulldogs maintained possession and speed over their opponents to score after just four minutes in the first half and again midway through the second half.

“I thought we did a lot of what we set out to do, possession, keep the ball wide, and I think that helped us control the game,” said Churchill head coach Arnold Tarzy. “The first goal was a bit lucky but it counts. The second was just brilliant, it was pretty emphatic,” he added.


Local high school administrator dies

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 A Montgomery County public school administrator died of a heart attack Monday, school staff confirmed Tuesday.

Joseph Du Boyce would have been the senior class administrator for the class of 2018 at Thomas S. Wootton High School. He served as class administrator for the freshman through junior years of the rising senior class.

On Monday Du Boyce became the second current Wootton administrator to die in the past two years. The  school community also mourned the loss of the late Michael Doran, a beloved longtime principal, when he died August 19, 2015.

In addition to serving as an administrator, Du Boyce could be found attending most of the school’s events. He was known to be extremely loud at sporting events such as football.

At press time, Principal Kimberly Bolden was unavailable for comment.

This article will be updated as more information becomes available. Kathleen Stubbs contributed to this story 




Wootton captures its own 7-7 tourney crown

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War on Wootton 7x7 Passing League JGS 1511 2Wootton captured its own 7-7 summer league football tournament this weekend.              PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH ROCKVILLE – The War at Wootton 7 on 7 Tournament featured some of the area’s top high school football programs including Bullis, Quince Orchard and Gaithersburg but it was only fitting that the host team capture top honors Saturday at Wootton High School.

 Led by a core unit that featured quarterback Grant Saylor and wide receivers Noelly Miller and Elijah Trent, the Patriots defeated Avalon in the championship game to earn the top prize.

“I just wanted to show everybody that Wootton is a football school,” said Miller, a second team All-Sentinel performer last season. “The past couple years we’ve been [expected] to lose every game but I want to change that and turn our whole program around. We’ve got a lot of talent obviously and I think we have a good chance of making the playoffs this year.”


Patriots win on Blake's senior night

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xBengals vs. Patriots baseball 2Wootton’s Anthony Vondas barely misses tagging the base in time to get Blake's Brandon Watkins out on an attempted steal. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

The Wootton Patriots varsity baseball team (10-6) dominated the Blake Bengals (5-13) 11-5 on Tuesday night at Blake High School.

For the Bengals, it was Senior Night and a pre-game ceremony was held to honor seniors including second baseman Brandon Watkins, centerfielder Shaun Lee, outfielder Eric Baten, catcher Chris Haley, pitcher Michael Griffin, and pitcher Kaeffan James.

“Senior Night is a special night…We make it very special. We have our play-by-play highlights of their season. We bring out their family. Everything’s family-oriented. We give the moms roses. We do corsages. Then the fathers get a ball inscripted with ‘Senior Night’ on it, and they throw out a first pitch; the first pitch ceremony to their son. So, Senior Night is something special. And I make it special because we are a family”, said Bengals head coach Steve Murfin. “We want to win the game. But we want the seniors to play and be in the spotlight.”


Blair softball hangs in the rain

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ROCKVILLE – The thunder rolled and raindrops fell as Blair sophomore pitcher Courtney Wyche stood on the mound Monday, awaiting word from the umpire and head coaches about whether the game would continue.

It was the bottom of the sixth, and Wootton had managed to avoid a Blazer shutout by scoring four runs in quick succession. However, as the sky darkened and the thunder rumbled in the distance, the umpire made the decision to call the game, and Blair escaped with a 9-4 victory.

“The momentum turned, and they had all the momentum,” said Blair head coach Louis Hoelman. “I don’t know what would have happened if the game would have continued. They’re a good team, and they were getting hot now. I’m real happy that we got it in early and we had a little bit of room for error there.”


Churchill staves off Wootton for girls LAX win 8-7

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POTOMAC – The Churchill Bulldogs kept the Wootton Patriots at bay for an 8-7 win in girls lacrosse Monday night, suppressing them to the last second after the Bulldogs came back from a point deficit.

It was a game filled with comebacks for both teams. The Patriots led for part of the first half, but then the Bulldogs went on a scoring streak up until they reached eight points.

Once the eighth and last score was tallied for the Bulldogs, the Patriots clawed back and scored another three points, but could not net one more to at least send the game into overtime.

The Bulldogs ramped up their aggressiveness early into the first half, making a tightly-packed Patriot defense separate and exploiting the holes in it.


Wootton takes to Walter Johnson in lacrosse 16-9

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20170331 Wootton vs WJohnson Boys Lacrosse011Wootton's Adam Greenberg closes in on Walter Johnson's Zach Cooper.                        PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE

BETHESDA—The Wootton Patriots hunted down the Walter Johnson Wildcats with a 16-9 win on Friday night, taking advantage of the Wildcats’ fractured defense.

The Patriots hit the Wildcats from all sides; from behind, from afar, up close, and everywhere else. They owed it all to the home team’s defense

“We came out timid and they didn’t. It’s hard to win a game against an in-town rival when you come out tentative,” said Wildcats head coach Alan Pohorylas. “We just didn’t play well at all, in any facet of the game.”


Wootton buries Clarksburg in season opener 18-3

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ROCKVILLE – In the season opener for both the Wootton Patriots and the Clarksburg Coyotes girls’ lacrosse team, the Patriots dominated both halves against an inexperienced Coyotes squad to win, 18-3.

It was a stark difference in skill level from start to finish. The Coyotes had an open defense that left room for the Patriots to maneuver into and score. When the Coyotes did get close to goal, the Patriots suffocated them and forced them to play a passing game to make room.

“It wasn’t in our favor. We’re a very, very young team,” said Coyotes’ head coach Denise Miller.


Football moms huddle up for the cause

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Football Moms 1Margaret Saylor, left followed by Victoria Erat, Ghiante Smith and Andrea Portes. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER

Gaithersburg – There was a huddle, but this was not your ordinary football team. It was a team of football stars’ moms.

Wootton rising senior quarterback Grant Saylor’s mom, Margaret Saylor, gathered with rising senior wide receiver Elijah Trent’s mom, Ghiante Smith, rising senior offensive lineman Chase Erat’s mom, Victoria Erat, and rising junior offensive lineman Lucas Portes’ mom, Andrea Portes, the chief football mom of the Wootton Program and a USA Football Mom of The Year semifinalist.

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