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Gonzaga dominates Georgetown Prep, wins Jesuit Cup

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MPI GPvGonz 0342Gonzaga's Dean Engram (6) celebrates with teammate Aidan Rafferty (66) after their second touchdown in the second quarter. Gonzaga went on to defeat Georgetown Prep 40-0. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

WASHINGTON — In a battle of two D.C. area powers, the Gonzaga Eagles rolled over the Georgetown Prep Hoyas to the tune of a 40-0 victory, and won the Jesuit Gridiron Classic Saturday.

The Gonzaga offense was rolling throughout the game, and it didn’t take long for it to get going. On the opening drive of the game, Gonzaga junior John Marshall made it to the end zone with a 22-yard touchdown run.

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RM Rockets slip past Wootton Patriots, 40-34

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JGS 4074 Richard Montgomery running back T'Kai Ayoola (30) gets through the Wootton and scores in the 4th quarter, PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  ROCKVILLE – There are rivalry games and then there are barn burners.

When the Richard Montgomery Rockets clashed with their rivals the Wootton Patriots on Friday at Roy Lester Stadium, the two squads delivered the latter in a penalty-riddled scoring fest that saw the Rockets ride home on a 40-34 victory.

The game came down to the wire as the Patriots geared up for a game-deciding fourth-and-two on the Richard Montgomery 12-yard line with less than a minute left on the clock.

Wootton senior quarterback Grant Saylor passed to his right and Rockets senior defensive back Daryn Alexander was there. Alexander broke up the pass and ended the Patriots’ final chance at earning a win.

“I just saw the ball in the air and I just attacked it,” he said. “I just trusted my instincts. Defense wins games.”

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Bullis Bulldogs pull away from Avalon in the second half to win 30-14

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Bullis logoPOTOMAC — In a very long affair, the Bullis Bulldogs did away with the Avalon Black Knights, pulling away in the second half to win the game 30-14.

The first quarter was sloppy for both teams, but Bullis was able to turn an Avalon mistake into points. On Avalon’s first play on their second drive of the game, quarterback Aaron Gibson, who was standing in his own end zone to take the snap after a great Bullis punt, dropped the snap, and Bullis’ Dalton Lewis fell on it in the end zone for a touchdown. Gibson would leave the game later with a shoulder injury, and would not return. The Black Knights weren’t able to get much going with Gibson in the game, but it didn’t get any better without him.

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Northwest Jaguars capture King’s Trophy, trouncing Seneca Valley 31-6

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MPI NWvSV 1693Northwest's Juwon Farri breaks through Seneca Valley's defense. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  GERMANTOWN – Northwest earned bragging rights after Friday night’s 31-6 home victory over crosstown rival Seneca Valley.

The Jaguars (2-0) captured the King’s Trophy for the second straight year and for the fourth time in the last five years.

Northwest raced out to a 17-0 halftime lead and never looked back.

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Sherwood football team stumps Einstein, 21-0

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Sherwood Warriors helmet logoKENSINGTON — The Sherwood Warriors shut out the Einstein Titans 21-0 Friday night, with a dominating performance from senior quarterback Michael Mbony.

Sherwood struck first with a four-yard touchdown on first and goal by Mbony in the second quarter.

The Titans were defensively clutch at times, and gave the Warriors grief as they held firm and denied touchdowns within their own 10-yard line more than once.

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Philadelphia Eagles’ Mack Hollins comes home to Rockville

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Mack HollinsPhiladelphia Eagles rookie wide receiver Mack Hollins. COURTESY PHOTO  LANDOVER – Philadelphia Eagles rookie wide receiver Mack Hollins walked off FedEx Field Sunday with a big smile on his face.

Hollins, a Rockville native, said a few words to Eagles teammate Darren Sproles before heading to the locker room after a hard-fought 30-17 road victory over the Redskins in the regular season opener.

“Just a postgame conversation,” Hollins later admitted.

The Montgomery County product was elated to make his NFL debut at “the crib” amongst friends and family members including his parents, Richard and Karyn Hollins.

“It’s always good when family can come to a game and [you] go see them in the crowd,” said Hollins, a fourth-round selection in April’s NFL Draft.

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Concussion fears reduce numbers of students turning out to play football

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Football helmets on fieldFewer students are coming out for football in many County public schools due to a changing population that often prefers soccer, the need for many students to have jobs after school — and the increasing fear of concussions that may result in lifelong medical problems.

While many of the coaches who spoke with the Sentinel agreed that blows to the head can be dangerous, they all stressed how much safer football is now as compared with when they played the game.

At Seneca Valley High School in Germantown, participation in football is “way down. The last three years, the numbers have shrunk significantly,” said Seneca Valley head coach Fred Kim.

He blamed decreased enrollment at the high school as well as what he termed “the war against football” in the news and on social media.

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Montgomery Marty’s Weekly Picks for Sept. 14, 2017

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That was a forward pass - and the referees don’t get a free one

Montgomery MartyThe Big Hoss on the Ponderosa is sitting, ready to choke on his favorite Cuban stogie after watching the ‘Skins choke in week one.

Captain Kirk was spotty, but the defense was trainspottin’. The offense showed moments of hope, but the Big “D” took off down the slippery slope.

And with all that said, we was in it to win it and cou’dve done it.

Everyone but the referee - well even the referee - knew that was an incomplete pass.

If the fix is in for the NFL it’s upstairs in the booth. Everybody on earth knew that was a blocked pass and not a fumble. If the Hawgs are gonna lose - let it be because of their horrible play - not a horrible play call by a referee with a Jimmie Cone for a brain. Last week Marty went 15-3 proving he’s better than any NFL referee and bring his total up to 29-6 for the season.

So let’s take a look at the local fun coming up this week:

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Geroy Simon inducted into Canadian Football Hall of Fame

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Geroy Simon 2Geroy Simon, pictured here (10) when he played for the Maryland Terrapins in 1997, played in the Canadian Football League for 15 years until his retirement in 2013 and will be inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. COURTESY PHOTO  Former University of Maryland wide receiver Geroy Simon will be honored this month.

Simon, a Pennsylvania native, is scheduled to be inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame on September 14.

“It’s something that’s pretty exciting,” said Simon, who celebrated his 42nd birthday on September 11. “I’m honored and humbled to be going into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.”

In 2014, Simon retired as the most prolific wide receiver in Canadian Football League history. During a 15-year CFL career, Simon earned numerous individual accolades and captured three Grey Cup championships which is the equivalent of an NFL Super Bowl title.

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Damascus running back leads team to victory against Sherwood, 42-7

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MPI DvS 0238 EditedDamascus senior Gage Dickens (21) celebrates with Matthew Betterelli (85) after one of his four touchdowns during the game. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

DAMASCUS – Sherwood simply had no answer for Damascus running back Gage Dickens.

The senior rushed for more than 150 yards and scored four touchdowns Friday to lead the Swarmin’ Hornets to a 42-7 win over Sherwood.

“This was a really big win,” said Dickens, “We knew this team was going to be tough and coming out here doing what we did that’s Damascus football. We played Damascus football tonight.”

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