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Riverdale captures championship for second year running

footballRIVERDALE - After the two teams embarked on a virtual defensive stalemate in the first half, Riverdale Baptist found the end zone early and often in the first half as the Crusaders upended visiting Avalon 33-20 to capture the Capital Area Football Conference championship for a second consecutive year in front of nearly 500 spectators on Friday evening.

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Last second play on defensive line kills Rockville

POOLESVILLE – With one minute left on the clock and his team up 27-24 Poolesville defensive lineman and Rutgers commit Jon Bateky shot off the ball and came through untouched to strip-sack Rockville Rams quarterback Chuck Reese to seal the Falcon’s third consecutive playoff-berth Friday night.

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Riverdale Baptist bullies Avalon for CAFC title

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RIVERDALE - After the two teams embarked on a virtual defensive stalemate in the first half, Riverdale Baptist found the end zone early and often in the first half as the Crusaders upended visiting Avalon, 33-20, to capture the Capital Area Football Conference championship for a second straight year in front of nearly 500 spectators on Friday evening.

Although it is his first year as head football coach at Riverdale Baptist, Ceasar Nettles, III has been part of the program for eight seasons and was an integral part of the staff last fall when Bob Shields led the Crusaders to a perfect campaign capped by their first CAFC title. Nettles was, technically at least, not quite as fortunate as the Crusaders suffered narrow, non-conference setbacks to Archbishop Spalding and Georgetown Prep.

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Blair makes History

 DSC2659BETHESDA – The Blair football team earned the program’s first-ever playoff berth Friday night with a convincing 41-0 road win against Whitman at Jerome M. Marco Stadium.

Blair players celebrated on the field and posed for photos afterward to document a landmark moment in the Silver Spring public school’s athletic history.

“I can’t tell you how much this [win] it means to us,” said Blair junior running back J’den Seals. “I feel like this game was for the whole school and the whole community.”

The win was significant especially for seniors Daymon Anderson and Yonis Blanco who helped lead the Blazers to an 8-2 mark, the program’s best record in 20 years.

Anderson said last year’s 17-13 home loss to Whitman in the season finale left a sour taste in their mouth so they naturally wanted to get some payback.

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