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Einstein surprises Blake as Loftus shines in finale

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Published on: Thursday, November 08, 2012

By Chris Hinkel

SILVER SPRING – In a see-saw battle, Einstein bested Blake this week 28-20 to end the season 6-4.

The scoring started in the second quarter when, on a QB keep, Einstein quarterback Sean Loftus ran the ball into the end zone through a mess of Bengal defenders.  As if to show their conviction and prowess, the Titans answered with a touchdown no more than fifteen seconds later as running back Marquis Robinson ran an 80-yard punt return for the score. 

With 4:30 left in the second quarter, Einstein running back Khalil Wilson ran 55 yards, juking defender after defender to bring the ball into the endzone, but a penalty set the Titans back to the 30 yard line.  To show that his efforts were not in vain, Wilson blazed through the gaps created by his front line and scored the touchdown on the very next play, bringing the score to 14-6. 

“I was focused on running the ball, not fumbling, and hitting the holes right,” said Wilson.

Khalil Wilson finished the season with 1561 rushing yards.

“Kahlil Wilson…He’s the number one rusher  in the county and I think we have a tremendous front line,” explained Einstein Head Coach Jermaine Howell.  “It’s up in the front.  And the fullback Joe Singleton, he was creating holes for him all night, so I could talk about Kahlil, but it was Joe and the front line that was bringing it tonight.” 

Five minutes into the third quarter, Blake scored again as running back Will Scott scampered down the field for a touchdown.  Their attempt at the two point conversion was no good, and the score going into the final quarter was 14-12 with Einstein barely leading. 

Pressure built in the fourth quarter as Blake gained another touchdown and earned a two point conversion, taking the lead over Einstein.  With only 3:15 left in the game, Einstein quarterback Sean Loftus threw a beautiful touchdown pass to tight end Imed Aniba and brought the score to 21-20.  With two minutes left, Blake had trouble moving the ball down the field, and on fourth- and-four, their quarterback Stefan Sigwalt was sacked and the ball was turned over to the Titans only several yards away from the goal line.  The Titans scored the touchdown and missed the extra point.

At the one minute mark, the Bengals had possession of the ball and needed to score a touchdown and a two point conversion to tie the game, but Blake’s defense held steadfast. 

“Our defense played a big, big part tonight and they stopped [the Bengals] on the goal line when it mattered most,” said Wilson.

“We’d been in a situation like this before with Paint Branch, and we led the mindset this time that this was supposed to happen to us because we’ve been in it and worked at it,” said Howell.  “Blake has a great program, the quarterback is good, they’ve got good athletes but we were resilient tonight.  We wanted to send a message that we are a quality team and that we’re here to stay. Tonight, we just laid one more brick to the foundation of Einstein’s football program. ” 

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