Saturday, March 08, 2014 2:29 AM
Published on: Thursday, October 03, 2013
By Brandy L. Simms
ROCKVILLE – Gaithersburg silenced the critics on Saturday in a 26-6 victory over Northwest at Roy Lester Stadium.
Despite the absence of injured tailback Solomon Vault, Gaithersburg still dominated the game behind the stellar play of senior quarterback Nick DeCarlo who accounted for all four touchdowns.
“It’s really big,” said DeCarlo, who completed 14-of-17 passes for 218 yards and tossed three touchdowns. “Our best running back was out and people come down on us saying we’re a one-man team and everything but the rest of us really showed up today and proved that we’re not just Solomon Vault, we’re the Gaithersburg Trojans and that’s what the big part about this win was.”
Throughout the week, the talk on social media and internet message boards centered around Vault’s availability and many of the naysayers questioned whether the Trojans could win without the Northwestern recruit in the lineup.
“All you guys are saying No Vault No Win,” Gaithersburg head coach Kreg Kephart said afterward. “That was my bulletin board material this morning. I don’t read that [stuff].”
The Trojans jumped out to a 19-0 lead at halftime on the strength of two DeCarlo touchdown passes and a one-yard run. In the first quarter, the talented gunslinger connected with senior wideout Vicco Bedell from eight yards out and then hit Isaiah Rainey for a 16-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
Early in the fourth quarter, DeCarlo found Ariel Martinez for a 38-yard score. The touchdown was set up by DeCarlo’s long pass completion to William Tearney.
“We love Solomon doing his thing out here, it’s fun to watch him,” said DeCarlo, “but we love getting some of the glory too but just to get this win in general it’s really big.”