OXON HILL – Batman and Robin are recognized as cape crusading superheroes that are both inseparable and masterful at their craft.
There are not many tandems that work as well together as those two – fictionally or in reality – but instead of fighting crime in Gotham, Oxon Hill quarterback Dajuan Rollins and wide receiver Daniel George will have to settle for being the best dynamic duo in the county.
Actually, some would say they are the villains in this storyline, crushing their 3A rivals in the Prince George's County football universe. Rollins and George could be viewed as the arch nemesis, or the Kryptonite to any defense, defying their ambitions of obtaining rings of power that unlock championship glory.
If the two players were to have superpowers, Rollins would have laser vision with lethal gunslinging capabilities, providing deadly accuracy with a cannon arm that puts him in a category of his own. The senior threw for more than 2,000 yards and 28 touchdowns last season and had a quarterback rating of 103.3.
“My goals for this season are to win the state championship and to have a 4,000-yard season with over 20 touchdown passes,” Rollins said. “I've been receiving some interest from some Division I schools right now.”
Rollins threw for more than 200 yards five times during the 2016 high school football campaign, including a 305-yard performance against DuVal when he threw four touchdowns in a late season matchup.
One of his favorite targets was George, who had the best performance of the season in that same game, when he hauled in 11 receptions for 230 yards and two touchdowns. For the season, he finished with 45 catches for 873 yards and 15 scores.
It was a marvel to watch, and both players have the unique relationship on and off of the field that keeps them in sync whenever the opposition tries to alter their journey towards greatness.
“Playing with Daniel is fun, exciting and competitive because we are always pushing each other to get better,” Rollins said. “In the game, it comes easily to us because we are clicking and when we are hot it's over. We are always on the same page, and he is a great brother and teammate.”
George's special abilities are unparalleled with his domineering strength and lightning fast speed that leave would-be tacklers in his wake. The Penn State University commit is regarded as one of the best receivers in the county. He wants to finish off his senior year with a bang – donning a superhero costume draped in black, white and Vegas Gold.
“On the field, our connection has been amazing,” George said about his relationship with Rollins. “This is our third year together, but with us working together over the summer – our relationship has gotten even better.”
The leader of the Oxon Hill football sovereignty is Craig Jefferies, a head coach who will guide this group of warriors into the sixth season of his high school coaching career.
Jefferies has coached future National Football League receivers such as Washington Redskins tight end Vernon Davis and former NFL multidimensional athlete Josh Cribbs. However, he is utterly enamored with the talent George has and believes he will have the same type of production at the next level.
“He brings a lot of leadership, and he is very confident and mature,” Jefferies said. “The guys tend to feed off of him for the energy that he brings. He's a big playmaker and is a guy that we can build our offense around. It makes other teams gameplan for us a certain way because he can turn a simple play into a game-breaker.”
Oxon Hill, who finished 2016 at 11-1, went undefeated in the regular season last year and trounced Rockville 62-6 in the first round of the MPSSAA playoffs when Rollins and George were in perfect rhythm. Rollins went 12-of-18 for 116 yards, while George was on the receiving end for all three of his touchdown passes. Despite having a 146-yard, two-touchdown performance from George against Potomac in the ensuing round of the postseason, the Wolverines knocked off the Clippers, 34-32 in triple overtime, to advance.
However, both players’ supernatural powers will align for their final year playing together with the hopes of defying all odds. The sky is the limit for two of the best players in the area, and will accept all challengers in their mission to reign supreme in the 3A division when it is all said and done.