Damascus running back leads team to victory against Sherwood, 42-7

MPI DvS 0238 EditedDamascus senior Gage Dickens (21) celebrates with Matthew Betterelli (85) after one of his four touchdowns during the game. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

DAMASCUS – Sherwood simply had no answer for Damascus running back Gage Dickens.

The senior rushed for more than 150 yards and scored four touchdowns Friday to lead the Swarmin’ Hornets to a 42-7 win over Sherwood.

“This was a really big win,” said Dickens, “We knew this team was going to be tough and coming out here doing what we did that’s Damascus football. We played Damascus football tonight.”

The game marked a battle of Montgomery County powerhouses but turned into a one-sided affair as Damascus dominated the contest from start to finish.

Dickens, a transfer from Urbana in Frederick County, finished with 133 yards rushing and helped Damascus improve to 2-0.

A 59-yard score from Damascus senior Javier Smith gave the Swarmin’ Hornets a 7-0 advantage in the first quarter before Gage began to work his magic.

Gage scored on a 65-yard run in the second quarter and later added a 5-yard score to put Damascus up 21-0 but he wasn’t done yet.

The running back scored his third touchdown of the first half with 5:37 left in the second quarter to put the Swarmin’ Hornets ahead, 28-0.

“He’s a really good addition to the team,” said Damascus junior tight end and linebacker Gabe Mendez. “I’m glad we have him.”

Gage added another touchdown in the third quarter and Jevani Christian scored to put Damascus ahead 42-0 in the fourth period before Sherwood running back Andrew Comeau scored on a 3-yard run late in the game.

The Damascus defense was led by dynamic sophomore Bryan Bresee who is the nation’s top-ranked player in his class. Bresee, a 6-foot-4, 260-poud defensive end who played at Urbana last season, already holds nearly two dozen Division I scholarship offers from major college football programs including Alabama, Ohio State, Maryland and Florida State.

“It’s nice having Bryan come off the edge because he’s huge,” said Mendez. “He’s going to be insanely good senior year.”

Damascus also boasts a pair of talented senior two-way linemen in Michael Jurgens and Jordan Funk. Jurgens has committed to Wake Forest and Funk, the brother of Maryland running back Jake Funk, holds a handful of Division I offers.

Damascus plays host to Rockville (0-2) on Friday night while Sherwood (1-1) travels to Einstein (2-0).



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