Bullis junior switches to Ohio State while MC hoops standout soars

Wisconsin’s loss is Ohio State’s gain.
Bryson Shaw, a talented junior two-sport star at Potomac’s Bullis School, has verbally committed to play college football at Ohio State University.
Shaw, who announced his pledge to Wisconsin in January, flipped his commitment to Ohio State in a Twitter post on Saturday.
“Please respect my decision,” he wrote. “My recruitment is now closed. Go Buckeyes!”


Wolverines defeat Maryland Football 35-10

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Maryland Terps vs. Michigan WolverinesCOLLEGE PARK – The No. 21-ranked Michigan Wolverines scored 28 unanswered points in the opening half, providing a big enough cushion to defeat the Maryland Terrapins, 38-10, in front of 44,325 at Capital One Field on Nov. 11. For Maryland (4-5), the result is their fifth loss out of their last six games.
Redshirt sophomore walk-on Ryan Brand started as quarterback for Maryland, becoming the team’s fourth starter this season. Sophomore Max Bortenschlager, who started the past six games, was removed after an injury during Maryland’s 31-24 loss at Rutgers on Nov. 4 and was still listed as a game-time decision before kickoff.

Listed at 5-foot-11, 182 pounds, the Detroit, Mich. native struggled early against the second-best defense in the nation, going 7-for-19 for 24 passing yards and throwing an interception in the first half. Maryland only entered Michigan territory once and missed a field goal, staying shutout into halftime.

“There were some drives that we could of and should have finished,” Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin said. “And when you turn over the ball, it’s hard to win those games and we did do that at times and we have to score more points.”


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.”


Terps lose QB Hill in loss to UCF

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UMD vs. UCF FB 9 23 17Maryland's Melvin Keihn (15) nearly intercepts a pass, targeted for UCF running back Taj McGowan (12), resulting in an incomplete pass. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  COLLEGE PARK – The Maryland football program opened the 2017 campaign with a bang by posting wins over Texas and Towson but suffered a major setback in Saturday’s 38-10 loss to the University of Central Florida at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium.

True freshman quarterback Kasim Hill was injured in the first half and has been ruled out for the season, the team announced on Tuesday.

Hill, a D.C. native who played at St. John’s College High School, suffered a torn ACL and will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2017 campaign.

Hill suffered the injury while scrambling in the first quarter and was hit by an opposing player before being helped off the field by team personnel.


Former Avalon standout joins the pipeline to play at Shepherd University

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SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.VA. – Avalon graduate Michael Blackman-Gladney made his collegiate debut Saturday in Shepherd University’s annual spring football game at Ram Stadium.

Shepherd, a Division II powerhouse, has built a pipeline from Montgomery County to the small West Virginia school over the years.

Blackman-Gladney, a former Montgomery Village Sports Association youth league standout, redshirted last fall but is expected to make a contribution on the gridiron during the 2017 campaign.

“It’s definitely a blessing to be out there with the older guys,” said Blackman-Gladney, who is projected to be the team’s starting strong safety this year.


Kamonte Carter To Pitt

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The University of Pittsburgh football program will add another Montgomery County product to its roster next season.

Former Gaithersburg High School standout Kamonte Carter tweeted Jan. 22 that he plans to join the Pitt football program, where he will have three years of eligibility remaining.

“He’s getting ready to be a Panther,” said Gaithersburg assistant coach Aaron Carter, Kamonte’s father. “He’s excited.”


Darrington commits to Harvard

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Bullis senior Devin Darrington has verbally committed to playing college football at Harvard University.

The 5-foot, 9-inch, 200-pound running back said he chose the Ivy League institution over offers from UMass, Boise State, Army and Dartmouth among others.

“My dream is to go to the NFL,” said Darrington, an All-Sentinel honorable mention. “You can go to the NFL from anywhere. If you’re good, they’ll find you.”


Terps mark milestone with historic victory over Michigan State

COLLEGE PARK – Maryland’s 28-17 victory over Michigan State Saturday marked a milestone win for the football program.

Not since 1950 had a Maryland football team beaten a Michigan State squad before Saturday’s masterpiece in front of 41,235 spectators at Maryland Stadium.

Maryland quarterback Perry Hills was back under center after injuring his shoulder in a loss to Penn State earlier this month.

“That was a great win Saturday night,” Maryland head coach DJ Durkin said on Tuesday. “I thought it was a great atmosphere. Our players really fed off of the crowd. I was very pleased with how our guys approached the game. We had really emphasized having fun and having enthusiasm with what we’re doing. And they did that. I think our players responded to having Perry back playing. There was a noticeable spark in the offense.”


Funk scores touchdown in Terps' win against Howard


Jake Funk photoFormer Damascus running back Jake Funk scores his first career touchdown at the University of Maryland on Saturday.   PHOTO BY CANDACE ROJO KEYES  

COLLEGE PARK – You can’t fight the Funk.

Maryland freshman running back Jake Funk scored his first collegiate touchdown Saturday in the Terps’ 52-13 dismantling of Howard in the season opener at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium.

The 2015 All-Sentinel Offensive Player of the Year from Damascus helped first-year Maryland head coach DJ Durkin capture his career victory.

“(It’s a) great day for our program,” said Durkin. “A great win for us, a great way to start.”


Football legends reach out to help QO graduate

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MPI 2443Georgetown University coach Rob Sgarlata, Tyrell Williams and his girlfriend Alexa Richie at the Washington Football Legends event. PHOTO BY MARK POETKERFormer Georgetown University football standout Tyrell Williams has received significant financial assistance from the Washington Football Legends.

The organization announced last week that it has purchased equipment for the Quince Orchard graduate to help with in-home rehabilitation after he suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury during a game last season.

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