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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.”

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Northwest Jaguars come from behind after halftime to beat RM, 49-24

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NW vs. RM FB 10 13 17Northwest's Norval Black (3) after a touchdown. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  GERMANTOWN – It was a tale of two halves Friday night at the Black Hole.

Behind senior quarterback Chris Craddock, the Northwest Jaguars rallied from a three-touchdown first half deficit en route to a 49-24 home win over the Richard Montgomery Rockets.

Northwest erased an 18-point lead in the second quarter thanks to Craddock and his talented cast of characters including running back Juwon Farri and wide receiver Norval Black.

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Bullis football team overwhelms Landon, remains undefeated

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Bullis vs. Landon FB 10 14 17Bullis linebacker Jordan Ligon (6) tackles Landon Bears' Bryce Baylor (21).                    PHOTO BY MARK POETKER BETHESDA — In a battle between two undefeated teams atop the Interstate Athletic Conference, the visiting Bullis Bulldogs kept their perfect season alive as they beat the home team Landon Bears, 21-6.

Both teams leaned heavily on the run throughout this game, leading to a very quick first quarter. Bullis was the more productive team in the early going, while Landon struggled to move the ball. Bullis worked hard to put the ball in the hands of multiple rushers, especially do-it-all safety/wide receiver Bryson Shaw.

In the final minutes of the first quarter and into the early parts of the second, Bullis drove down the field, and finished off in the end zone as power back Eric McKan pounded it in from the two-yard line. The score gave Bullis a 7-0 lead.

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After three-year drought, Good Counsel Falcons finally defeat rival DeMatha in overtime

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DeMatha vs. Good CounselHYATTSVILLE – After three years and several losses, all it finally took was an overtime period Friday night for the Good Counsel varsity football team to once again defeat its WCAC archrival DeMatha Stags at Marvin F. Wilson Stadium, 20-14.

A light drizzle fell during the course of the game, similar to the game on Oct. 3, 2014 when the Falcons last scored a win over DeMatha. The two final scores (three years earlier, it was 21-14) were almost identical.

This time, however, it wasn’t a quarterback sneak that won the game for Good Counsel and spoiled DeMatha’s Senior Day. It was junior running back Latrele Palmer and his gritty, hard-nosed running style. Palmer shoved his way through the DeMatha defense in overtime for the game-winning touchdown as the Falcons gleefully poured onto the field. Palmer was so fired up that he tore his helmet off as he and his teammates celebrated their hard-fought victory.

“We came in knowing it was going to be a dogfight and then we just came out and executed and won,” said Palmer. “We just needed the big play and I was the one who made it. It’s unbelievable. We haven’t beat these guys in a couple of years.”

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Wootton Patriots offense carves up B-CC on homecoming

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B CC Wootton photoB-CC Barons' defense is overrun by the Wootton Patriots' offense. PHOTO BY MATT COHEN  ROCKVILLE — On the night of their homecoming game, the Wootton Patriots pounded the visiting Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons, winning by a 44-0 score.

Wootton entered the game as the top statistical passing offense in the D.C. area. Patriots quarterback Grant Saylor easily topped The Washington Post’s list for most passing yards in the area.

It didn’t take Saylor long to maintain his great season as he led the Patriots to the end zone on its first drive of the game. Wide receiver Elijah Trent (second overall in the D.C. area in terms of receiving yards) was huge on that early drive. Trent caught multiple screen passes, and was able to break tackles to gain extra yards. He would set up his team inside the Barons 10 with a 37-yard catch-and-run. Running back Matthew Amobi finished off the drive as he found the end zone, and after the extra point, Wootton led 7-0.

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Magruder Colonels dominate Rockville Rams, 28-8

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JGS 2104Magruder quarterback Rashaud Claggett (4) looks to pass to Nasair White in the Colonels' 28-8 win over Rockville. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH ROCKVILLE – The hosting Magruder Colonels put down a weakened Rockville Rams football team with a resounding 28-8 victory on Friday night.

If the Colonels took full advantage of the Rams’ slim stable of players, then the scoreline could have been even greater. The Rams buckled down on defense and took to the flanks for their advances, quickly realizing that the Colonels’ defense was at its weakest on the sides.

“What did we dress, 19 people today? We don’t really have the bodies to play a full four quarters. But the guys we had played hard, and gave everything they got,” said Rams head coach Seth Kenton.

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Good Counsel falls to rival St. John’s in WCAC football match-up

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SJCLogo Twitter 400x400OLNEY –The home team Our Lady of Good Counsel Falcons lost Friday against rival and fellow conference competitor football team the St. John’s College High Cadets, 24-9.

“I think overall our kids played hard,” Good Counsel head coach Andy Stefanelli said “We just made too many mistakes to win the game.”

In the first quarter, Good Counsel senior kicker Leo Fangmeyer scored a 37-yard field goal to open the scoreboard for the Falcons against St. John’s on Dancel Field at Kline Stadium.

“We came out pretty well, we had a nice drive, put some points on the board...Really all the way coming out of halftime we felt pretty good about where we were, but in the second half, they made a couple big plays,” said Stefanelli of the Cadets. “We countered, but not enough.”

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Paint Branch winning streak ends with QO victory, 45-8

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QO Beats Paint Branch FB 10 7 17Quince Orchard quarterback Kendell "Doc" Bonner (10) gains ground on a run. The Cougars would go on to break the Paint Branch Panthers winning streak with a 45-8 victory.        PHOTO BY MARK POETKERGAITHERSBURG – Paint Branch is undefeated no more.

In a battle of top Montgomery County public school football programs, the Quince Orchard Cougars defeated the Paint Branch Panthers Friday night at the Cougar Dome, 45-8.

“They’re a good football team and I think our kids wanted to come out and prove that we’re a good football team, too,” said Quince Orchard head coach John Kelley.

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Good Counsel Falcons thrash Northwest Jaguars, 58-21

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GC Falcons vs. NW Jaguars 9 28 17Good Council’s Tyler Baylor (20) maneuvers around Northwest’s Brandon Walker (10) and AJ Woods (9). PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  OLNEY – Good Counsel junior Latrele Palmer was unstoppable Thursday night against Northwest.

The 5-foot-11, 220-pound running back rushed for more than 100 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead the Falcons to a 58-21 victory over the Jaguars at Kline Stadium at Dancel Field.

Six different players scored for Good Counsel and the program registered the most points in the modern era while Northwest suffered its first loss of the season.

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Paint Branch Panthers hold on against Springbrook, stay undefeated

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JGS 5350 2Paint Branch running back Justin Hockaday (1) is tackled by Springbrook defenders Joseph Bass (2), Tony Che (15) and Esli Alvarado-Montesino (53). PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  BURTONSVILLE – Valuable seconds were ticking off the game clock. If the visiting Springbrook Blue Devils varsity football team wanted to spoil the Paint Branch Panthers’ undefeated season, the time was now.

Then, Dejuan Johnson came out of nowhere. The senior defensive back intercepted Springbrook quarterback Trevon Ruffin as the buzzer signaled the end of the game and the Paint Branch bench flooded onto the field.

In a game marred by penalties and dropped passes, the Panthers clawed their way to a 28-25 victory and a 5-0 start to their season.

“I was telling all my teammates to just hold them and not give up any big plays. Then the ball came and I made a play with the help of my teammates,” said Johnson of his crucial interception. “For me and the whole team to come out there after being down for most of the game and then coming back, it was a hard-fought win and I think we deserved it.”

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