LANHAM – Saturday afternoon featured a contest between two of the best 4A Prince George’s County teams in Eleanor Roosevelt (4-1) and DuVal (4-1).
The first matchup of the season between the two conference teams was anticipated to be a great game. However, Eleanor Roosevelt senior quarterback Jaden Faulkner and senior running back Elisha McDonald, who combined for all seven touchdowns), led the Raiders to a convincing 47-0 victory over the Tigers on Oct. 7.
“I feel like the run game is a big part of our offensive scheme,” McDonald said. “The defense played lights out. The line did their job, and all the other skill players did what they were supposed to do as well.”
On the first drive of the game, Roosevelt showed it was not there to play games. The Raiders drove all the way down the field and capped off the drive with a 19-yard touchdown run by McDonald.
After a defensive stop, Roosevelt got the ball back and took advantage again. With the ball at midfield, McDonald broke loose for a 50-yard touchdown run, which gave the Raiders an early 16-0 lead. Successful two-point conversions followed both touchdowns.
Roosevelt did not stop there, as the Raiders went to the air for another touchdown. Faulkner hooked up with junior Delmetrius Cloyd for a 50-yard pass play. The first quarter was all Roosevelt as they shut out Duval, 22-0.
Throughout the first half of the second quarter, both teams had solid defensive performances and neither side could find the endzone. That was until Faulkner used his legs to run for a 7-yard touchdown and increase Roosevelt’s lead to 28-0. Faulkner’s touchdown scamper was the last score of the half as DuVal went into the break with nothing on the scoreboard.
“The first half we were trying to feel them out on how we could attack them,” Faulkner said. “Everything worked on the first drive, and everything worked on the second drive.
“So, in the second half, we tried to get everybody involved. Our defense played really well because we had pride since DuVal is a rival to us.”
That led Roosevelt to another dominant half of football as it continued to blow out DuVal on the road. Despite two turnovers by Faulkner in the third, Roosevelt stayed focused and got back on track with a 21-yard touchdown by McDonald. He finished the game with 122 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.
In the fourth, Faulkner redeemed himself by throwing two more touchdowns to senior Raymond Boone and junior Malik Debrah to lead the Raiders to a 47-0 victory. Faulkner ended with 170 yards of offense and four touchdowns.
“I think we played a solid game across the board for a change,” Roosevelt Head Coach Tom Green said. “Normally we either get off to a slow start or we get a fast start and fade kind of out. I think we just kept playing hard. Offensively we really executed.
“Overall, I’m happy. My main thing right now is getting back to the school, icing the kids up and getting the injured kids healthy.”
Although it was a big loss for DuVal, Head Coach Carlos Lockwood is looking toward next week.
“It was the big plays,” Lockwood said. “If we eliminate the big plays, we are in the game. They had two drives where they drove the ball down the field, but for the most part it was the big plays.
“We thought we prepared well, but maybe we didn’t. As coaches, we have to go back to the drawing board on Monday and figure out a gameplan for Potomac. This game is over with and its water under the bridge. We got to move on to week 7.”