MONTGOMERY VILLAGE – Poolesville spoiled Watkins Mill’s homecoming Friday night and avenged last year’s loss in the process.
After suffering a one-point loss to the Watkins Mill Wolverines last season, the Poolesville Falcons had revenge on their minds.
Poolesville quarterback Ethan Gaddis connected with running back Connell Oberman on a short touchdown pass in overtime to lift the Falcons to a 48-41 victory over the Wolverines.
On the ensuing possession, Poolesville linebacker Colin Hemingway sacked Watkins Mill quarterback Markel Grant on third down but the Wolverines missed a scoring opportunity when Kaden Prather was stopped short of the end zone after catching Grant’s pass on fourth down.
“Last year was a bad loss,” said Hemingway, who led the Poolesville defense with 9.5 tackles including two tackles for a loss and a pair of sacks. “It’s a huge win to beat them this year.”
Poolesville improved to 4-4 with the win while Watkins Mill fell to 3-5 heading down the home stretch. Poolesville hosts Magruder this week and travels to Manchester Valley in the season finale.
“We had a crushing defeat against Seneca Valley last week,” said Oberman. “It was really demoralizing and it was really good to step back up and we can finish the season with a lot of momentum.”
Oberman, Montgomery County’s leading rusher, finished with 124 yards on 35 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns in the win and wide receiver Sam Garrett had eight receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown.
Through eight games, Oberman has registered five games with at least 100 yards rushing including a season-high 287 yards on 25 carries in Poolesville’s 20-14 loss to Seneca Valley on Oct. 13.
With the exception of a 42-point loss to Damascus, Poolesville has competed well in every game. The Falcons also suffered losses to Blake and Walter Johnson by a combined three points.
Poolesville’s win over Watkins Mill helped build the team’s confidence and morale according to Oberman.
“The seniors are pumped because we only have two more games left,” said Oberman, “and we’ve got to make the most of it.”
Meanwhile, Watkins Mill hosts Gaithersburg and then travels to Blake in the season finale.
The Watkins Mill offense has been fueled by Grant this season along with running back Anthony Rush and wide receivers Dejion Martin and Demetrius Rush who all made key plays against Poolesville. Watkins Mill linebacker Lucas Elenga had a sack in overtime that helped spur the Wolverines’ stout defensive effort.
“Watkins Mill is really good,” said Poolesville head coach Dave Murray. “They have a good quarterback, good athletes [and are] well coached but we’ve been in tons of close games especially this season. Every game this year has been by a touchdown or less with two of them going into overtime so it’s just huge for us as a program to be able to pull out one of these close games this season.”
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