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Gaithersburg Trojans edge out Wheaton Knights in boys soccer, 2-1

Gburg Trojans vs. Wheaton KnightsGAITHERSBURG – The Gaithersburg Trojans managed a 2-1 victory at home over the Wheaton Knights in boys varsity soccer Saturday afternoon.

After neither team opened the deadlock in the first half, the Trojans pressed forward following the break and scored twice before conceding a late goal to the Knights.

“It wasn’t our best performance but we never gave up,” said Gaithersburg coach Eric Cava. “We always have heart but we needed to make more collective passes and we needed to finish when we get in front of the goal.”

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Walter Johnson, Whitman take MoCo cross country titles

DSC 8747WJ Lady Wildcats' Abbey Green aids teammate Janet Scott. Green finished first in the girls cross country championships for Montgomery County, 47 seconds ahead of Scott in second place . PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  GAITHERSBURG — The Walter Johnson High School varsity girls cross country team and the Walt Whitman varsity boys cross country team each finished with the lowest amount of points overall, earning them the championship trophies.

The Montgomery County varsity boys and girls county individual champions were not unfamiliar faces. Two seniors – Ryan Lockett, the county’s 2016 runner-up and 3A state champion, and Abbey Green, two-time county champion (2015, 2016) and 2016 4A state runner-up – won their respective races.

For the girls team, Walter Johnson head coach Tom Martin said the girls work together well. This year was Walter Johnson's fourth consecutive County title.

“Our four seniors have been good – they’ve done this plenty of times, they know what they have to do, and when it comes down to this time of year, they’re a good group at figuring out what they have to do in a race, where they have to be to be successful,” Martin said.

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Poolesville Falcons beat Watkins Mill Wolverines in OT

Poolesville vs. Watkins MillMONTGOMERY VILLAGE – Poolesville spoiled Watkins Mill’s homecoming Friday night and avenged last year’s loss in the process.

After suffering a one-point loss to the Watkins Mill Wolverines last season, the Poolesville Falcons had revenge on their minds.

Poolesville quarterback Ethan Gaddis connected with running back Connell Oberman on a short touchdown pass in overtime to lift the Falcons to a 48-41 victory over the Wolverines.

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Undefeated Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets annihilate WJ Wildcats, 49-7

Damascus vs. WJ FB 10 20 17 Ethan WentzlaffSenior running back Ethan Wentzlaff scores the first touchdown for the Damascus Swarmin' Hornets in their victorious game against the Walter Johnson Wildcats.        PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

BETHESDA — The Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets (7-0) have destroyed every football team that they have played this year, and they kept their dominance going in Week 8, on the road against the Walter Johnson Wildcats (2-5) on their home turf Friday night, winning by a score of 49-7.

Damascus would start with the ball, and after losing yards on the first play from scrimmage, the Hornets stormed down the field, with both the run and pass working efficiently. The opening drive for Damascus was capped off by a rushing touchdown from senior running back Ethan Wentzlaff to put the Hornets on the board first, 7-0.

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Paint Branch clinches 4A North division title with 22-20 win over Sherwood

PB Panthers vs. Sherwood WarriorsOLNEY — The 4A North division championship title was on the line Friday at Caruso Memorial Field when the Paint Branch Panthers clashed with the Sherwood Warriors on Sherwood’s Senior Night.

Both teams entered the game with a 6-1 record. The Panthers hoped to avoid a repeat of last year’s game when Sherwood orchestrated a fourth quarter comeback and yanked the win away from Paint Branch.

This year, however, the Panthers knew that the fourth quarter push was coming and seized the division title by holding off the Warriors, 22-20.

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Springbrook Blue Devils overtake Magruder Colonels to win 31-21

Springbrook vs. MagruderSILVER SPRING — The Springbrook Blue Devils dominated a visiting Magruder Colonels football team full of surprises Friday night with a 31-21 comeback win.

The Blue Devils were trailing in the first quarter 14-0, but slowly built up a lead by taking advantage of the Colonels’ mistakes and a solid defense.

It was a frustrating night for Magruder as they tried to keep up with the momentum they established early in the game but failed to do so.

”It was just a completely different game the last three and a half quarters. We tried to get our guys and focus back, move the ball a little bit in the fourth quarter, but in the end we came up short,” said Magruder head coach Ray Fowle.

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WJ Wildcats eke out 1-0 victory over RM Rockets late in the game

WJ Wildcats vs. RM RocketsROCKVILLE – The visiting Walter Johnson Wildcats secured a late victory 1-0 Thursday evening over the home team Richard Montgomery Rockets in boys varsity soccer.

After two evenly-matched halves, which saw the teams exchange attacks and goal opportunities, Walter Johnson scored a late goal three minutes before the final whistle.

“I thought we generated some good chances and had some difficulty finishing those chances but ultimately we didn’t give up anything,” said Walter Johnson head coach Hector Morales, Jr. “I was ready for the tie and it was nice that we were able to put one away late.”

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

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

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

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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