BETHESDA – In a battle of 2-2 teams Thursday, Richard Montgomery steamrolled the Walter Johnson Wildcats varsity football team to the tune of a 38-7 victory.
The RM Rockets’ running game was dominant, and it was the key piece to their victory. Running backs Zion Tyler and T’Kai Ayoola as well as quarterback Spencer Silverstein were the main figures in the Rockets rushing attack.
On RM’s opening drive of the game, the Rockets only ran the ball, making a long drive that ended with a trip to the end zone for Ayoola. In the second quarter RM added a field goal to make it 10-0, and on the next drive, Silverstein executed the option very well from the WJ four line, keeping it for himself and darting into the end zone to make the score 17-0.
WJ’s offense had been stagnant throughout the first half after starting quarterback Josh Forburger suffered an injury. However, the Wildcats made a comeback. Just as the first half was nearing its end, Conor Phelps received a pass, cut toward the sideline, beat the RM defense to the edge and ran in for a score to make it 17-7.
But that drive would be the only positive for WJ, and the Rockets poured it on in the second half. The Wildcats defense had been worn down by the run game in the first half, and it left even more room to run for RM in the second. RM made it 24-7 on a great throw from Silverstein to Daryn Alexander in the end zone, and 31-7 the next possession on a rushing score. In the fourth quarter, RM added one more touchdown on a rushing score from Michael Braswell, who had come in at quarterback due to the score making it 38-7, Rockets. RM rode out the rest of the clock from there, and cruised to a 38-7 win.
The Rockets improved to 3-2 while the Wildcats fell to 2-3. RM will face Whitman next week at home.
The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons, who are using the WJ home field as their own, will be the next game for the Wildcats.