Watkins Mill Wolverines stun Blake Bengals 20-13

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WM Wolverines vs. Blake BengalsSILVER SPRING — The Watkins Mill Wolverines knew just what they needed to do: come into Bengal Field Friday, ruin Blake’s Senior Night, close out the regular season with a win and hope for a playoff berth.

Mission accomplished.

The scrappy Wolverines took advantage of a stalled Blake offense and sent the Bengals into the postseason with a 20-13 loss.

In fact, the Blake offense didn’t score until the third quarter as the Watkins Mill defense forced a first half shutout.


Paint Branch rolls over Blake in rivalry game 35-15

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PB Panthers vs. Blake BengalsSILVER SPRING – The Paint Branch Panthers are on cruise control just in time for the postseason.

The squad from Burtonsville rolled into Bengal Field Friday to face consortium rival Blake. The visiting Paint Branch Panthers dominated the time of possession and steamrolled the Blake Bengals 35-15.

Both teams entered the game with a 7-1 record. In fact, this season’s Bengals boast the best record in school history. However, Blake couldn’t get much going offensively and the Panthers took advantage.

The Paint Branch defense would have registered a shutout in the first half had it not been for Blake junior quarterback Terrill Sims, who shoved his way through the pile at the goal line for a three-yard score.


Rockville defeats Blake varsity boys soccer, 3-1

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ROCKVILLE - The Rockville Rams defeated the James H. Blake Bengals boys varsity soccer team 3-1 at home Monday.

The Rams dominated possession during the first half and found the net before the break. The home team continued its momentum scoring two second-half goals before conceding a penalty to the Bengals.

“We did well out, first team did well, captains got the leadership, we could have scored more, but I’m happy just go with the win,” said Rockville coach Julio Zarate.


Blakes’ Lana nails a three-pointer to sink Q.O. 47-45

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 ROCKVILLE- With three seconds left on the clock James H. Blake’s Ibrahim Lana shot a 3- pointer from the corner to put the Bengals up by 2, and secure the 47- 45 Blake- Quince Orchard victory.

Monday’s first round of the Maryland Elite Varsity basketball championship pitted two 6-4 high school teams, QO and Blake, against each other in a tightly contested match.

“I just needed that shot,” said Lana, who finished with 16 points in the game, “During that whole game I was on and off, but at the end, I just had to flick my wrist on that last shot, and I knew it was good.”


Patriots win on Blake's senior night

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xBengals vs. Patriots baseball 2Wootton’s Anthony Vondas barely misses tagging the base in time to get Blake's Brandon Watkins out on an attempted steal. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

The Wootton Patriots varsity baseball team (10-6) dominated the Blake Bengals (5-13) 11-5 on Tuesday night at Blake High School.

For the Bengals, it was Senior Night and a pre-game ceremony was held to honor seniors including second baseman Brandon Watkins, centerfielder Shaun Lee, outfielder Eric Baten, catcher Chris Haley, pitcher Michael Griffin, and pitcher Kaeffan James.

“Senior Night is a special night…We make it very special. We have our play-by-play highlights of their season. We bring out their family. Everything’s family-oriented. We give the moms roses. We do corsages. Then the fathers get a ball inscripted with ‘Senior Night’ on it, and they throw out a first pitch; the first pitch ceremony to their son. So, Senior Night is something special. And I make it special because we are a family”, said Bengals head coach Steve Murfin. “We want to win the game. But we want the seniors to play and be in the spotlight.”


R.M. survives Blake surge 13-12

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xRM vs Blake Boys Lacrosse 1Blake’s Mason Sanderoff takes off on a break away from Richard Montgomery's Jimmy Muha. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE 

ROCKVILLE- The Richard Montgomery Rockets edged out a win against a resurgent Blake Bengals squad Saturday night, staving off a late comeback to escape with a narrow 13-12 win and winning the Spring Break tournament they hosted.

The Rockets were dominant for most of the game, and once they took the lead they didn’t relinquish it until the second half, when the Bengals gained enough momentum to claw their way to a tie and then to a brief lead before losing it.


Magruder boys win first, Blake coeds win second in volleyball double-header

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xMagruder vs. Blake Volleyball Double-Header 1Magruder’s Chimere Ukwuani spikes the ball into Blake territory. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

DERWOOD – The Colonel Zadok Magruder varsity boys’ volleyball team (5-0) continued its winning ways with a smashing three-set win over the Blake Bengals boys (2-3), 25-14, 25-18, 25-20, at Magruder High School Friday. In the second game of the evening, the Bengals coed team responded in kind, defeating the Magruder team in three sets.

The stunning play of the Colonels could only be matched by the Bengals a few moments during the match. The easy, convincing win goes a long way in establishing the Colonels as one of the favorites for the County championship.

Colonels head coach Tara Vaglica said, “We’re very relaxed. … I think we’re one of the top teams in the county.”


Blake runs through Kennedy in girls lacrosse

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SILVER SPRING—The Bengal Tiger may be endangered in the wild, but the Blake Bengals faced little danger as they carried a lead for the entire match against the Kennedy Cavaliers in a 14-4 win.

It was a resounding victory for a Bengal team that dominated the entire match and took advantage of a porous Cavalier defense. It used its speedy breakaways to get past defenders and either shoot from up close or pass to a teammate up close to cherry-pick.

However, the Bengals faced one threat: Kennedy junior midfielder Lina Randrianarivelo, as she ran through defenders to complete her hat trick.


Watkins Mill takes Blake in overtime thriller

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Watkins Mill vs. BlakeRodney Opoku-Amankwah with a layup as Watkins Mill tops Blake, 83-72.             PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

SILVER SPRING – It was a story of redemption and loss in boy’s basketball Tuesday night when the Watkins Mill Wolverines went to the home of the Blake Bengals and won, 83-72, in overtime.

The game was unpredictable and showed the volatility of sports, as the match started with a dominant performance by the Wolverines but dragged into one period of overtime, where the visitors dominated once more for the win.


Magruder girls defeat Blake and move on in the playoffs

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Magruder vs. Blake 1Magruder guard Laila Grant (5), who had a team high score of 22 points, brings the ball upcourt. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  

ROCKVILLE – The Magruder varsity girls basketball team had a rough practice a few days before opening their postseason Friday at home against Blake.

Colonels head coach Kashauna Cook said her team learned how to persevere during that difficult practice that involved running sprints for over an hour.

Cook’s team test couldn’t have come at a better time. Magruder’s newfound perseverance was tested against a third quarter Blake surge that saw the Bengals pull within one point.

However, the Colonels refused to be ‘one and done’ in the playoffs and held on to beat Blake 57-46.

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