GERMANTOWN – Four state championship football programs converged on the gridiron at Northwest High School Saturday to help kick off the 2017 campaign.
In addition to Northwest and Sherwood, the quad scrimmage also featured defending 4A state champion Wise of Prince George’s County and Anne Arundel County powerhouse Old Mill who captured Maryland 4A state titles in 2009 and 2011.
“It was really, really good competition,” Northwest head coach Michael Neubeiser said afterward. “It helped us sort some things out.”
Northwest returns with quarterback Chris Craddock and running back Juwon Farri, who surpassed the 1,000 yard plateau a year ago.
Alphonso Foray, a wide receiver, returns for his senior campaign at the Germantown public school.
Another player to keep your eye on is Northwest junior DeAndre Jules, a two-way standout at tight end and defensive end.
Jules, who hails from the Montgomery Village Sports Association youth league football program, already holds various Division I offers including North Carolina, Maryland, Pittsburgh and Wake Forest.
“He’s an absolute stud,” said Tracy Callahan, the voice of Northwest football.
Sherwood, who captured their last state championship in 2008, was missing ten starters from the lineup during the scrimmage.
However, the Warriors boast one of the area’s top returning quarterbacks in senior Michael Mbony.
The second-year starter is described as a dual-threat quarterback by Sherwood head coach Chris Grier.
The 5-foot-11, 195-pound standout currently holds about 15 Division I offers including “mostly Ivy’s but also has Army, Navy and Air Force,” Grier said.
Chris Webb, a junior wide receiver, already holds an offer from the University of Virginia and likely will be one of Mbony’s favorite targets this season.
Meanwhile, Jackson Sherrard, a senior tight end and linebacker, holds an offer from Cornell.
It appears as though the 4A state championship will go through Wise. Although the Pumas lost some key players from last year’s state title team, the Upper Marlboro squad has some talented student-athletes returning to the squad including 6-foot-4 junior quarterback Quinton Williams, a transfer from Good Counsel.
Wise head coach DaLawn Parrish said Williams brings “an element we haven’t had before with a quarterback that can see over the line.”
The Pumas also boast running back John Oliver and defensive standouts such as linebacker Chris Rhodes and cornerback Anthony Lytton, a highly-touted Division I prospect.
“Each year is a different challenge and I try to not compare each team,” said Parrish.
Lytton, a Florida State commit, said he expects the Pumas to contend for another state championship this year.
“I think this might be one of the most athletic teams we’ve had at Wise – skill-wise,” said Lytton.