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Remembering friends lost through a mutual love

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CLARKSBURG – High school student Jacob Dennis could have chosen a brand-new car, but instead he wanted a truck the same make and model that his father drove at 18 years old.

The two of them restored the 1989 Ford truck, painted it black and added a Maryland flag to the tailgate.

On June 8, Dennis and teammates Patrick Shifflett and Cary Greene, also juniors, were in the flag-emblazoned, black truck driving in Damascus when it hit a tree.

At the school Saturday, more than 100 people attended the Jacob Dennis Foundation Car Show. Proceeds would go to the foundation, which will award $2,500 scholarships to three seniors this year, mother Trina Dennis said.

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MoCo alum finds a home in nearby Philadelphia

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The Philadelphia Eagles selected Rockville native Mack Hollins in the fourth round of the NFL Draft last weekend.

Hollins, 23, was the draft’s 118th overall selection and became the first former Wootton player selected in 16 years. In 2001, the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Temple offensive lineman Mathias Nkwenti in the fourth round with the 111th overall pick.

During his high school career at Wootton, Hollins went virtually unnoticed on the gridiron and received little interest from major college scouts while sporting the Patriots uniform.

“He was under the radar,” explained Wootton head coach Eddie Tolliver, “because he didn’t play his junior year.”

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Former Avalon standout joins the pipeline to play at Shepherd University

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SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.VA. – Avalon graduate Michael Blackman-Gladney made his collegiate debut Saturday in Shepherd University’s annual spring football game at Ram Stadium.

Shepherd, a Division II powerhouse, has built a pipeline from Montgomery County to the small West Virginia school over the years.

Blackman-Gladney, a former Montgomery Village Sports Association youth league standout, redshirted last fall but is expected to make a contribution on the gridiron during the 2017 campaign.

“It’s definitely a blessing to be out there with the older guys,” said Blackman-Gladney, who is projected to be the team’s starting strong safety this year.

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Former Redskins offensive tackle joins Churchill High School

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Former Washington Redskins All-Pro offensive tackle Chris Samuels is joining the football program at Churchill High School.

Samuels, who served a two-year stint as the head coach at Osbourn High School in Northern Virginia, has been named the offensive coordinator at Churchill.

In January, Churchill promoted former defensive coordinator Willie Williams to head coach after Albert Song resigned following two seasons at the helm of the program.

Williams, a 13-year NFL veteran who played with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks, said Samuels is a good fit for the program.

“He had other opportunities,” said Williams. “I’m just so glad he chose Churchill.”

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Redskins give back with community service aid

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Many Washington Redskins alumni are committed to community service in the greater Washington area. Here are some of the views of five former Redskins players who value service. Topics included slavery in Africa, human suffering, education, youth leadership initiatives, Redskins Hall of Fame head coach Joe Gibbs and mood-altering chemical abuse.

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Friends and family honor Short

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A former Montgomery County Public School head football coach was laid to rest last weekend.

Dr. James Short, who guided the Montgomery Blair football program from 1995-2003, was memorialized at Lackey High School in Charles County on Saturday, March 26.

Short, who died suddenly of kidney failure on March 21 at the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center in La Plata, was 58.

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Gala, honorees and charitable causes on display for Football Legends 2017

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NORTH BETHESDA — The Washington Football Legends Ninth Annual Scholarship Gala provided a chance for Redskins fans to give to charitable causes while listening to a program emceed by News4 anchor Jim Vance at the North Bethesda Marriot on Saturday evening.   

The Gala raised funds for The Shack Harris and Doug Williams Foundation, The Joyce and Thomas Moorehead Foundation and Sgt. Tom Knox of the Hyattsville Police. Honoree speakers included Knox, Williams, Redskins legend Darrell Green, USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan, Alabama senior tackle Jonathan Allen (not in attendance), St. John’s College High School quarterback Kasim Hill, Dematha High School defensive end Chase Young and former Redskins player Pierre Garcon (not in attendance).

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Mencarini becomes a Turtle!

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Former Quince Orchard coach takes position on Terrapin football staff

Dave MencariniDave Mencarini at Quince Orchard. FILE PHOTO

Former Quince Orchard head coach Dave Mencarini has joined DJ Durkin’s staff at the University of Maryland.

Mencarini, a Rockville High School graduate, has been named a Senior Recruiting Analyst for the Terrapins football program.

“Dave has a great deal of passion and love for the University of Maryland,” said Durkin. “He brings great energy, and we're thrilled to have him on our staff." 

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Stefanelli to replace Milloy as Good Counsel football coach

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Good Counsel has found a replacement for head coach Bob Milloy who stepped down last month after half a century coaching Maryland high school football.

The Olney private school has promoted Andy Stefanelli, a 1983 Good Counsel graduate who has served as the Falcons’ freshman head coach and recruiting coordinator for the past eight seasons.

During his tenure at Good Counsel, Stefanelli has compiled a 71-2 record.

“I am thrilled and honored to be named the head football coach at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, my alma mater,” said Stefanelli. “I hope to carry on the rich tradition that has been established by Coach Milloy.”

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