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RM Rockets stay undefeated after blasting QO Cougars in girls hoops, 57-32

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Quince Orchard's Tatiana Popa (#21) gets shut down by Richard Montgomery's Melanie Osborne (#12) and Nusaibah Rashad (#24).  PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  QO Cougars' Tatiana Popa (#21) gets shut down by RM Rockets' Melanie Osborne (#12) and Nusaibah Rashad (#24) during the Friday night game. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  ROCKVILLE — The Richard Montgomery Rockets varsity girls basketball team scored another victory with a 57-32 win over the visiting Quince Orchard Cougars on Friday night, remaining undefeated at 13 wins.

“We don’t really feel the pressure on that way as a team, because we just enjoy the process, but we just take it one game at a time and don’t look too far ahead,” said Rockets head coach Mike Oakes about the expectation of keeping the streak alive.

The record shows the Rockets as a strong team this season but the game against the Cougars had some tense moments, especially at the beginning.

But senior guard Karon Williams, center Nusaibah Rashad and forward Melanie Osborne made an onslaught of buckets to make up for a rocky start.

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Local athletes break personal records at Montgomery Invitational track meet

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Walter Johnson’s Abigail Green leads the entire race of the girls’ one mile race. She finishes with a 5:03.86, a personal record. Right behind her for most of the race is Paint Branch’s Yasmine Kass who places third with a personal record of 5:12.99.  PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFEWalter Johnson’s Abigail Green leads the entire race of the girls’ one mile race. She finishes with a 5:03.86, a personal record. Right behind her for most of the race is Paint Branch’s Yasmine Kass who places third with a personal record of 5:12.99. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  LANDOVER — At last week’s Montgomery Invitational track meet at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, the Bullis School girls 4x200 meter relay team became the fastest girls’ relay team in the United States, racing on a flat track, shattering the previous track record.

The quartet of two sophomores (Shaniya Hall and Leah Phillips) and two seniors (Ashley Seymour and Masai Russell) finished their race in one minute, 37.28 seconds.

“When we ran that 1:37, we were really impressed and elated,” said Russell, who anchored the relay.

The Lady Bulldogs had been trying to break the facility record at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex since the start of this season, Russell said.

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RM Rockets defeat Wootton Patriots in boys basketball, 69 - 65

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Richard Montgomery's Xavier Harris takes on Wootton's Zachary Nannen for two points and the foul. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKRichard Montgomery's Xavier Harris takes on Wootton's Zachary Nannen for two points and the foul. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  ROCKVILLE — The Richard Montgomery Rockets varsity boys basketball team won the unofficial battle of Rockville Friday night against the visiting Wootton Patriots, with the final score 69 - 65.

Richard Montgomery senior Daryn Alexander scored a game-high 23 points to lead three Rockets in double figures against their crosstown rival.

RM standouts Miles Galley (11 points), Djordje Orcev (10 points) and Mark Little (9 points) also contributed to the Rockets’ win.

“Anytime you can beat Wootton who historically is a rival for us, they’re down the street, is always great,” said Richard Montgomery head coach David Breslaw, whose club improved to 7-4.

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Gaithersburg Trojans hold off RM Rockets comeback in narrow victory

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Gaithersburg's Jordan Graham drives the center of the lane surrounded by Richard Montgomery players. Graham forced a foul and picked up two points at the line. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFEGaithersburg's Jordan Graham drives the center of the lane surrounded by Richard Montgomery players. Graham forced a foul and picked up two points at the line. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

GAITHERSBURG — On Friday, the Gaithersburg Trojans proved that its breakout season is the real deal, as they defeated the visiting Richard Montgomery Rockets 45-42.

The Rockets have been the top seed in its section each of the last three years, but this season, Gaithersburg has emerged as a contender. By beating Richard Montgomery, the Trojans proved that they truly will be a force to be reckoned with throughout the season, and into the playoffs.

The Trojans’ star freshman duo of Jao Ituka and Jordan Hawkins, as well as the rest of the Gaithersburg team, didn’t have a very quick start. Gaithersburg didn’t get on the board until nearly midway through the first quarter, but quickly made up the deficit they had fallen into. Behind Ituka’s five first-quarter points, Gaithersburg closed the gap to 15-12 at the end of the first quarter.

The Trojans carried the momentum they had at the end of the first quarter into the second. For the second straight quarter, Gaithersburg came out hot to start the second half. The Trojans began to build a lead, up to 11 points at its largest. The Trojans began to hit three-pointers in the third quarter, after struggling during the first half, which propelled the team on its run.

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NW Jaguars claw their way to victory over RM Rockets, 10-7

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NW Jags vs. RM Rockets FB 11 10 17Northwest Jaguars' Norval Black (3) maneuvers past RM Rockets' Michael Braswell (1). PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

GERMANTOWN — The Northwest Jaguars used a last-minute tiebreaking field goal to end one of the closest games of the 2017 season, and in doing so eliminated the Richard Montgomery Rockets from playoff action with a 10-7 win on Friday.

The majority of the game’s action resembled a team playing against a mirror image, as both sides excelled on the defensive side of the ball while struggling with tepid offenses that repeatedly failed to score despite coming close.

The pace of the game began so slowly that it wasn’t until the last drive of the first quarter that Northwest managed to change the scoreboard from zero, after senior quarterback Chris Craddock completed a pass to senior wide receiver Alphonso Foray, at which point the latter dashed through the right side of the Jaguars’ defenses for a touchdown.

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RM Rockets clinch playoff spot with victory over Blair, 38-13

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Blair vs. RM FB 11 3 17Rockets QB Spencer Silverstein (5) is taken down by Blair’s Jason Amboo (76). Silverstein would go on to lead RM to victory, earning them a playoff spot. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  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.

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WJ Wildcats eke out 1-0 victory over RM Rockets late in the game

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WJ Wildcats vs. RM RocketsROCKVILLE – The visiting Walter Johnson Wildcats secured a late victory 1-0 Thursday evening over the home team Richard Montgomery Rockets in boys varsity soccer.

After two evenly-matched halves, which saw the teams exchange attacks and goal opportunities, Walter Johnson scored a late goal three minutes before the final whistle.

“I thought we generated some good chances and had some difficulty finishing those chances but ultimately we didn’t give up anything,” said Walter Johnson head coach Hector Morales, Jr. “I was ready for the tie and it was nice that we were able to put one away late.”

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Northwest Jaguars come from behind after halftime to beat RM, 49-24

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NW vs. RM FB 10 13 17Northwest's Norval Black (3) after a touchdown. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  GERMANTOWN – It was a tale of two halves Friday night at the Black Hole.

Behind senior quarterback Chris Craddock, the Northwest Jaguars rallied from a three-touchdown first half deficit en route to a 49-24 home win over the Richard Montgomery Rockets.

Northwest erased an 18-point lead in the second quarter thanks to Craddock and his talented cast of characters including running back Juwon Farri and wide receiver Norval Black.

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Northwest Jaguars make comeback to defeat the Richard Montgomery Rockets, 5-1

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soccergoalROCKVILLE – The visiting Northwest Jaguars mounted a second-half comeback to defeat the home team Richard Montgomery Rockets 5-1 in boys varsity soccer Tuesday evening.

After a scoreless first half, the Rockets took the lead shortly after the break. The Jaguars then responded with five goals in 17 minutes to decisively win the match.

"It was kind of what we were waiting for all year," said Northwest coach Kert Mease. "I think that we moved the ball around as well as anybody," he added.

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RM Rockets flatten WJ Wildcats, 38-7

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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.

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