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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 Jovonne Campbell (5) 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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Landon Bears triumphs over Bullis Bulldogs in boys soccer, 3-0

 

Bullis vs. Landon boys soccer 10 13 17Bullis' Matt Welch (14) contends with the Landon defense. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  BETHESDA – The Landon Bears triumphed 3-0 at home over the Bullis Bulldogs in boys varsity soccer Friday afternoon.

Playing under misty rainfall, the Bears dominated the first half after taking an early lead. Their momentum continued as they scored two second half goals to secure a convincing victory over the Bulldogs.

“The game was close for a long time,” said Landon coach Bill Reed. “Bullis came out hard and we matched each others’ energy.”

“I thought we really got it done, every one on the team loves each other so we’re always looking for each other,” said Landon senior midfielder Zach Johnson.

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Wootton Patriots offense carves up B-CC on homecoming

 

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

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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Wildcats soccer team grinds out narrow win at Wootton, 1-0

WJ Wildcats vs. Wootton PatriotsROCKVILLE – The Walter Johnson Wildcats squeezed out a narrow 1-0 victory against the Wootton Patriots in boys varsity soccer at Thomas Wootton High School Thursday evening.

Playing as the visiting team, the Wildcats took an early lead and held firm until the final whistle. The Patriots rallied in both halves with consistent pressure and created opportunities but were unable find the net.

“I felt we were able to put a good defensive game tonight,” said Walter Johnson coach Hector Morales Jr. “We were able to absorb the pressure well, keepers made good decisions coming off their line.”

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Jalen Hampton leads G. Prep football to 28-9 win over Benedictine

G. Prep Little Hoyas vs. Benedictine Cadets 10 917Georgetown Prep quarterback John Ridgeway (9) gets through the line of scrimmage.   PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  BETHESDA — A Georgetown Prep sophomore running back ran wild on the Benedictine defense as the Little Hoyas topped the Cadets 28-9.

Sophomore running back Jalen Hampton was a star for the Little Hoyas against Benedictine. The Georgetown Prep varsity football team had leaned on the run all season, but the Little Hoyas reached a new level of success in using that tactic on Saturday. Hampton finished the game with 239 rushing yards on 29 carries with three touchdowns.  

Benedictine started the game with the ball, and was driving down the field. The Little Hoyas’ defense struggled to stop the Cadets on their opening drive. That is, at least until Prep’s junior defensive back Thomas Muldoon picked off Benedictine quarterback Jay Woolfolk on a pass over the middle. Muldoon cut to the outside, and ran past the Cadets 70 yards back for a touchdown to put his team up 7-0.

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Wootton Patriots overtake Paint Branch Panthers, 3-1

Wootton Patriots beat PB Panthers 10 9 17Paint Branch's Kemonie Jordan (8) , heads off Wootton's Jonathan Camberos (11) for the ball. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  ROCKVILLE – The Thomas S. Wootton Patriots triumphed at home over the Paint Branch Panthers in boys varsity soccer Monday evening, 3-1.

With all the goals coming in the second half, the Panthers took an early lead after the break. The Patriots then responded with three goals to secure the victory.

“We played soft without energy and commitment, and they had to get woken up by that goal in the second half,” said Wootton Coach Doug Schuessler. “Once they got slapped in the face, they started to play much more inspired.”

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Whitman Vikings defeat Churchill Bulldogs, 2-1

Whitman vs. Churchill soccer 10 7 17Churchill Bulldogs' Alok Kothari (10) and Whitman Vikings' Pablo Bayona Sapag (14) battle for the ball.   PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  BETHESDA – In a hard-fought encounter at home, the Walt Whitman Vikings defeated the Winston Churchill Bulldogs 2-1 in boys varsity soccer Saturday afternoon.

The Vikings pressed forward early and took a two-goal lead before halftime. During the second half, the Bulldogs managed to narrow the score but were unable to level the match.

“I thought the first half was brilliant, we had numerous chances, we had the run of play,” said Whitman coach Dave Greene. “We did everything we had to do, we scored two goals.”

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