ROCKVILLE – Friday night at Roy Lester Stadium, Richard Montgomery clinched a playoff spot and made history in the process.
Richard Montgomery seniors Spencer Silverstein and Daryn Alexander guided the Rockets to a 38-13 victory over the visiting Blair Blazers on Senior Night and helped the program earn its third consecutive winning season for the first time in 45 years.
“It feels amazing just to have a great game and come out with a dub and clinch a playoff spot,” said Silverstein, who ran for two touchdowns in the first half to help the Rockets jump out to a 31-0 advantage at the intermission.
“It’s just unbelievable,” said Alexander. “It’s just a feeling that you’ll never experience again so I’m really happy we were able to do it the way we did it.”
What’s more, Richard Montgomery head coach Josh Klotz has led the Rockets to three consecutive postseason berths for the first time in program history.
“That’s just a testament to the way these guys buy in, how they’re all in and how tonight especially they played every single play for each other especially on Senior Night,” said Klotz.
Meanwhile, Blair finished the 2017 campaign with a 6-4 record.
Alexander, a three-year starter, caught a seven-yard touchdown pass and classmate Zion Tyler ran for a score in the first half.
“Daryn was amazing,” said Silverstein. “I put that ball a little too out there and I didn’t know if he caught it but I knew it’s Daryn so he’s going to catch it.”
Alexander finished with two interceptions on defense and forced a fumble. He also registered six receptions for 63 yards.
Silverstein, a three-year starter, finished 11-of-19 for 96 yards and ran for 98 yards on 21 carries. In the third quarter, Blair sophomore running back Christopher Watkins scored on a 30-yard touchdown run and quarterback Matt Siff connected with wide receiver Maada Kposowa for a 25-yard score to cut the deficit to 31-13 with 9:38 remaining in the period.
However, Alexander and Avery Reeves-Williams each had second half interceptions that halted Blair drives and helped preserve the Richard Montgomery win.
“Everyone just did their job,” said Silverstein. “The o-line got their blocks and I was able to find holes and just build off what they were able to achieve and the receivers were making plays out there.”
Richard Montgomery (7-3) will travel to Northwest (8-2) this weekend to face the Jaguars in a first round playoff game. The teams met earlier this season in a game won by Northwest, 49-24.
The Jaguars boast a high-powered offense with talented senior quarterback Chris Craddock leading the way along with running back Juwon Farri and wide receivers Norval Black and Alphonso Foray.
The Richard Montgomery defense will have its work cut out while the Rockets offensive unit is also ready for another challenge.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” said Silverstein. “It’s Northwest part six. I’m looking for some revenge.”
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