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QB Battle in Wootton-Gburg Matchup

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Published on: Thursday, October 03, 2013

By Brandy L. Simms

This might be the year of the quarterback in Montgomery County high school football.

Although there are no top-flight major college signal-callers playing in the county this year, there are more than a handful of talented quarterbacks who are poised to lead their team to a state championship.

Wootton junior Sam Ellis has put up some impressive numbers while guiding the Patriots to a 3-1 record heading into this weekend’s matchup with unbeaten Gaithersburg. Technically, Wootton is 4-0 but had to forfeit a win against Walter Johnson in the season opener for using an ineligible player so the Patriots have yet to lose on the gridiron.

In last Friday’s 43-20 drubbing of Whitman on their new home turf, Ellis was sensational. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound dynamo completed 27-of-44 passes for 335 yards and tossed four touchdowns against the Vikings.

In four games this year, Ellis has already passed for more than 1,300 yards and 13 touchdowns. He tossed four touchdown passes each in games against Walter Johnson, Churchill and Whitman.

Simply put, Ellis is leading one of the county’s most prolific offenses. The Patriots have put up at least 40 points on the scoreboard in three of their four games.

Wootton’s receiving corps is arguably the best in Montgomery County. The group includes sophomore Trevon Diggs and seniors Jibri Woods and Kwame Frimpong. Against Whitman, the trio combined for 20 receptions and four touchdowns.

“I think I have the best receiving corps in the county,” said Ellis. “I have weapons all around.”

The dynamic duo of Diggs and Woods have caught a combined 63 receptions and scored eleven touchdowns for Wootton this season thanks to Ellis’s pinpoint passing.

“Sam’s the best leader I’ve ever had in my life,” said Diggs. “He’s great. He’s really smart. He knows how the offense works, he knows everything. He’s just a great leader.”

Wootton’s prolific offense faces a stiff test this weekend when the Patriots play Gaithersburg (4-0) on the turf field at Richard Montgomery’s Roy Lester Stadium.

That game will boast arguably the top two quarterbacks in Montgomery County in Ellis and Gaithersburg senior Nick DeCarlo.

Last weekend, DeCarlo accounted for all four Gaithersburg touchdowns in the Trojans’ 26-6 victory over previously unbeaten Northwest.

“I’d like to know who is a better quarterback than Nick,” Gaithersburg head coach Kreg Kephart said afterward.

DeCarlo completed 14-of-17 passes for 218 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for a one-yard score against Northwest. The absence of Gaithersburg tailback Solomon Vault, a Northwestern commit, forced other players to step up their game and DeCarlo answered the call.

“We love Solomon doing his thing out here, it’s fun to watch him,” said DeCarlo, “but we love getting some of the glory, too.” However, Ellis and DeCarlo aren’t the only big-time quarterbacks in Montgomery County. There’s also Mike Murtaugh (Quince Orchard), Chase Williams (Damascus), Calvin Reighard (Seneca Valley), Joshua Gills (Northwest), Chuck Reese (Rockville), Neiman Blain (Springbrook) and Gaston Cooper (Paint Branch) among others.

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