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Wootton wins the turf battle

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Published on: Thursday, October 03, 2013

Brandy L. Simms

ROCKVILLE – On a night when Wootton christened a new turf field, junior quarterback Sam Ellis tossed four touchdowns Friday to lead the Patriots to a 43-20 home victory over Whitman.

The Patriots (3-1) turned a close game into a lopsided affair when Ellis began to connect with the various weapons at his disposal including Trevon Diggs, Jibri Woods and Kwame Frimpong.

Diggs, one of Montgomery County’s top wide receivers, finished with eleven receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown. Diggs combined with Woods (8 receptions, 82 yards, 2 touchdowns) and Frimpong to record 20 receptions and four touchdowns.

“This turf feels great,” said Diggs, who has registered 32 receptions for 402 yards and seven touchdowns through four games. “It makes me feel real, real fast.”

Meanwhile, Whitman senior running back Zac Morton rushed for a game-high 197 yards on 26 carries and scored two touchdowns.

Whitman (2-2) jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on Morton’s four-yard run before Wootton’s Bryan Castillo tied the game on a two-yard run. Diggs returned a Whitman fumble 85 yards for a touchdown to give his team a 14-7 advantage in the second quarter but Whitman countered on quarterback Evan Smith’s 85-yard touchdown pass to Nicholas Newsham.

Ellis found Woods from ten yards out and then hit Diggs in the end zone for a 21-yard touchdown to help the Patriots take a 27-14 advantage before Morton’s five-yard run cut the deficit to seven points with under a minute remaining.

However, Wootton junior kicker Eric Schumacher booted a 40-yard field goal to help give the Patriots a 30-20 advantage at the intermission.

Diggs, a sophomore, is the kid brother of Maryland wide receiver and former Good Counsel standout Stefon Diggs who was in attendance Friday. Stefon Diggs watched Trevon from the Wootton sideline.

“It meant a lot,” said Trevon Diggs. “I really enjoyed that he was here today. It motivated me a lot so I really liked that.”

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