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Undefeated Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets annihilate WJ Wildcats, 49-7

Damascus vs. WJ FB 10 20 17 Ethan WentzlaffSenior running back Ethan Wentzlaff scores the first touchdown for the Damascus Swarmin' Hornets in their victorious game against the Walter Johnson Wildcats.        PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

BETHESDA — The Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets (7-0) have destroyed every football team that they have played this year, and they kept their dominance going in Week 8, on the road against the Walter Johnson Wildcats (2-5) on their home turf Friday night, winning by a score of 49-7.

Damascus would start with the ball, and after losing yards on the first play from scrimmage, the Hornets stormed down the field, with both the run and pass working efficiently. The opening drive for Damascus was capped off by a rushing touchdown from senior running back Ethan Wentzlaff to put the Hornets on the board first, 7-0.

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Paint Branch clinches 4A North division title with 22-20 win over Sherwood

PB Panthers vs. Sherwood WarriorsOLNEY — The 4A North division championship title was on the line Friday at Caruso Memorial Field when the Paint Branch Panthers clashed with the Sherwood Warriors on Sherwood’s Senior Night.

Both teams entered the game with a 6-1 record. The Panthers hoped to avoid a repeat of last year’s game when Sherwood orchestrated a fourth quarter comeback and yanked the win away from Paint Branch.

This year, however, the Panthers knew that the fourth quarter push was coming and seized the division title by holding off the Warriors, 22-20.

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Springbrook Blue Devils overtake Magruder Colonels to win 31-21

Springbrook vs. MagruderSILVER SPRING — The Springbrook Blue Devils dominated a visiting Magruder Colonels football team full of surprises Friday night with a 31-21 comeback win.

The Blue Devils were trailing in the first quarter 14-0, but slowly built up a lead by taking advantage of the Colonels’ mistakes and a solid defense.

It was a frustrating night for Magruder as they tried to keep up with the momentum they established early in the game but failed to do so.

”It was just a completely different game the last three and a half quarters. We tried to get our guys and focus back, move the ball a little bit in the fourth quarter, but in the end we came up short,” said Magruder head coach Ray Fowle.

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

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

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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Bullis football team overwhelms Landon, remains undefeated

Bullis vs. Landon FB 10 14 17Bullis linebacker Jordan Ligon (6) tackles Landon Bears' Bryce Baylor (21).                    PHOTO BY MARK POETKER BETHESDA — In a battle between two undefeated teams atop the Interstate Athletic Conference, the visiting Bullis Bulldogs kept their perfect season alive as they beat the home team Landon Bears, 21-6.

Both teams leaned heavily on the run throughout this game, leading to a very quick first quarter. Bullis was the more productive team in the early going, while Landon struggled to move the ball. Bullis worked hard to put the ball in the hands of multiple rushers, especially do-it-all safety/wide receiver Bryson Shaw.

In the final minutes of the first quarter and into the early parts of the second, Bullis drove down the field, and finished off in the end zone as power back Eric McKan pounded it in from the two-yard line. The score gave Bullis a 7-0 lead.

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After three-year drought, Good Counsel Falcons finally defeat rival DeMatha in overtime

DeMatha vs. Good CounselHYATTSVILLE – After three years and several losses, all it finally took was an overtime period Friday night for the Good Counsel varsity football team to once again defeat its WCAC archrival DeMatha Stags at Marvin F. Wilson Stadium, 20-14.

A light drizzle fell during the course of the game, similar to the game on Oct. 3, 2014 when the Falcons last scored a win over DeMatha. The two final scores (three years earlier, it was 21-14) were almost identical.

This time, however, it wasn’t a quarterback sneak that won the game for Good Counsel and spoiled DeMatha’s Senior Day. It was junior running back Latrele Palmer and his gritty, hard-nosed running style. Palmer shoved his way through the DeMatha defense in overtime for the game-winning touchdown as the Falcons gleefully poured onto the field. Palmer was so fired up that he tore his helmet off as he and his teammates celebrated their hard-fought victory.

“We came in knowing it was going to be a dogfight and then we just came out and executed and won,” said Palmer. “We just needed the big play and I was the one who made it. It’s unbelievable. We haven’t beat these guys in a couple of years.”

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Landon Bears triumphs over Bullis Bulldogs in boys soccer, 3-0

 

Bullis vs. Landon boys soccer 10 13 17Bullis' Matt Welch (14) contends with the Landon defense. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  BETHESDA – The Landon Bears triumphed 3-0 at home over the Bullis Bulldogs in boys varsity soccer Friday afternoon.

Playing under misty rainfall, the Bears dominated the first half after taking an early lead. Their momentum continued as they scored two second half goals to secure a convincing victory over the Bulldogs.

“The game was close for a long time,” said Landon coach Bill Reed. “Bullis came out hard and we matched each others’ energy.”

“I thought we really got it done, every one on the team loves each other so we’re always looking for each other,” said Landon senior midfielder Zach Johnson.

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Wootton Patriots offense carves up B-CC on homecoming

 

B CC Wootton photoB-CC Barons' defense is overrun by the Wootton Patriots' offense. PHOTO BY MATT COHEN  ROCKVILLE — On the night of their homecoming game, the Wootton Patriots pounded the visiting Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons, winning by a 44-0 score.

Wootton entered the game as the top statistical passing offense in the D.C. area. Patriots quarterback Grant Saylor easily topped The Washington Post’s list for most passing yards in the area.

It didn’t take Saylor long to maintain his great season as he led the Patriots to the end zone on its first drive of the game. Wide receiver Elijah Trent (second overall in the D.C. area in terms of receiving yards) was huge on that early drive. Trent caught multiple screen passes, and was able to break tackles to gain extra yards. He would set up his team inside the Barons 10 with a 37-yard catch-and-run. Running back Matthew Amobi finished off the drive as he found the end zone, and after the extra point, Wootton led 7-0.

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Magruder Colonels dominate Rockville Rams, 28-8

JGS 2104Magruder quarterback Rashaud Claggett (4) looks to pass to Nasair White in the Colonels' 28-8 win over Rockville. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH ROCKVILLE – The hosting Magruder Colonels put down a weakened Rockville Rams football team with a resounding 28-8 victory on Friday night.

If the Colonels took full advantage of the Rams’ slim stable of players, then the scoreline could have been even greater. The Rams buckled down on defense and took to the flanks for their advances, quickly realizing that the Colonels’ defense was at its weakest on the sides.

“What did we dress, 19 people today? We don’t really have the bodies to play a full four quarters. But the guys we had played hard, and gave everything they got,” said Rams head coach Seth Kenton.

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