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B-CC Barons defeat Churchill 2-0, advance to soccer regional finals

B CC Barons vs. Churchill BulldogsROCKVILLE — The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons defeated the Churchill Bulldogs 2-0 in the third round of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association’s boys varsity soccer playoffs Friday evening at Thomas S. Wootton High School.

Battling for a place in the regional finals, the Barons took control with a goal early in the first half. As the Bulldogs searched for a way back into the match, the Barons doubled their lead in the second half to secure the victory to progress to the regional final.

“My boys came out hungry, came out disciplined, and they had a will that said ‘we’re not going to lose tonight,” said B-CC head coach Gui Melendez.

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Watkins Mill Wolverines stun Blake Bengals 20-13

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.

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Churchill Bulldogs defeat WJ Wildcats in last game of season, 35-14

Churchill Bulldogs vs. WJ WildcatsBETHESDA — In the last game of the season, the visiting Churchill Bulldogs defeated the Walter Johnson Wildcats 35-14, dominating in a largely symbolic game.

Both teams had nothing to lose or gain, as both had their playoff chances dashed coming into Friday night’s matchup. The Bulldogs were fighting to break even and end their season at 5-5, while the Wildcats were aiming to end the season on a high note with their third victory of the season to end 3-7.

But there could only be one winner, and the Bulldogs came out in a resounding fashion against the Wildcats team plagued by quarterback troubles.

“Of course we’ve been spending most of our season without a quarterback. It’s been hard to win games without a quarterback,” said Wildcats head coach Charles Woolridge. “Since we lost Aziz Diomande last week, it’s kind of been a quarterback by committee.”

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

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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Quince Orchard Cougars victorious against Northwest Jaguars, 38-29

QO vs. NW FB 10 27 17 2Northwest's Niko Berns (50) and Donnell Bannister (4) tackle Quince Orchard's Marquez Cooper (15). PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  GAITHERSBURG – Quince Orchard senior defensive back Aaron Derwin came up big Friday night at the Cougar Dome.

Derwin intercepted Northwest quarterback Chris Craddock’s pass in the waning moments to preserve the Cougars’ 38-29 home victory over the Jaguars.

“He played extremely well tonight,” said Quince Orchard head coach John Kelley. “He put himself into position to make plays.”

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Paint Branch rolls over Blake in rivalry game 35-15

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.

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Undefeated Damascus team goes swarmin’, leaves Seneca Valley screamin’

Damascus vs. Seneca Valley FB 10 27 17 1After a Seneca Valley touchdown late in the game, Damascus responds with wide receiver Dustin Kitzmiller returning kickoff for a 80-plus-yard touchdown. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  GAITHERSBURG — Now undefeated for nine straight games, the Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets dispatched the Seneca Valley Screamin’ Eagles 44-20 in a football match that was harder than the score implies.

The Swarmin’ Hornets going against the Screamin’ Eagles always makes for an exciting match, and this game was no exception. Both teams traded the lead for a while after Seneca Valley's Harold Dotson scored the first touchdown in the second quarter.

“We were used to that. Every year those guys are coming in and it’s the biggest game of the year,” said Seneca Valley head coach Fred Kim.

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Despite scoreless first half, Good Counsel Falcons crush Gonzaga Eagles 27-7

IMG 5200Head Coach Andy Stefanelli advises Good Counsel Falcons team on strategy against the Gonzaga Eagles. PHOTO BY MATT COHEN  OLNEY — Two contenders for the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference football title, the Good Counsel Falcons and Gonzaga Eagles faced off on Friday night, with the Falcons coming out on top 27-7.

Both teams struggled in the first half, as nearly every drive ended in a punt. Each team had a couple of sustained drives, but neither was able to capitalize on opportunities. Each team was gifted with good field position on some punts, and each was able to create turnovers, but both remained scoreless for most of the first half.
Finally, a sustained Gonzaga drive finished in the end zone as Loic Sangwa broke tackles, and muscled his way to a touchdown. With the extra point, the score gave Gonzaga a 7-0 lead.

Although Good Counsel had a chance to score right before halftime, the Eagles’ defense made a goal line stand to keep the Falcons out as the clock expired to mark the conclusion of the first half. Gonzaga remained in the lead 7-0.

The Eagles controlled the pace of the game through much of the first half, and the early part of the second. Gonzaga’s Lucas Warfield was having his way running the ball in the early parts of the second half. However, on his next carry after a long run in which he picked up a first down and moved the ball to the Falcons’ 21-yard line, the Gonzaga running back fumbled. Good Counsel was able to recover, and after a short return, took over at their own 37-yard line.

“The defense came up with that big fumble recovery,” said Good Counsel head coach Andy Stefanelli. “That really got our momentum going.”

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BCC Barons defeat Kennedy Cavaliers in first round playoffs, 2-0

 

B CC vs. Kennedy boys soccer 10 26 17Kennedy Cavaliers' Jordy Cisneros (2) goes up against B-CC Barons’ Jack Tchantchuing (7). PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  BETHESDA – The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons defeated the John F. Kennedy Cavaliers at Walt Whitman High School Thursday evening in the boys varsity soccer first round playoffs, 2-0.

“I think we did pretty well today, we kept our composure but I still think we need to use our movements around the ball better so we can play into space,” said B-CC head coach Guillermo Melendez.

After a scoreless first half, the Barons found the net twice in the second half to progress to the second round of the playoffs.

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