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Djidotor brothers, Whitman shutdown Pestano and the Blue Devils

by MoCoFootball Staff on 10/24/10

Matthew Miller for MOCOFOOTBALL.COM


SILVER SPRING, Md. - In front of a small Homecoming crowd, the 7th ranked Whitman Vikings (6-2) upset the #6 ranked Springbrook Blue Devils (6-2), 21-10 in the second mocofootball.com Game of the Week to take a giant leap closer to earning a playoff berth.

A fired up Blue Devils team looked ready to defend home turf in front of a Homecoming crowd. Whitman would quickly silence the crowd with Rico Djidotor's opening kickoff return for a touchdown, 11 seconds into the game. The Blue Devils followed that with a long drive that would end unsuccessful with a try on 4th down.

Whitman took over on downs with junior running back Val Djidotor(unofficially 22 carries, 93 yards, 1 TD) breaking a tackle and spinning his way to a 17 yard touchdown scamper giving the Vikings a 14-0 lead with 2:50 remaining in the first quarter. Springbrook needed an answer and hoped to get one on the ground by handing off to well known senior running back, Devon Pestano (unofficially 12 carries for 96 yards with 2 catches for 35 yards, 1 TD). The Vikings defense held their own against the Blue Devils offense limiting Pestano to only 9 yards on his first 4 carries. The drive would stall when Blue Devils senior running back Derrick Short fumbled the ball, allowing Whitman to recover on their own 41 yard line.
 
The 2nd quarter began with the Vikings going three and out on the ground. A high snap nearly went over the head of Vikings punter Connor Gordon who attempted to pick up the first down by scrambling before getting caught short by the swarming special teams unit of Springbrook. After a 15 yard unsportsmanlike foul against Whitman, the Blue Devils looked to score from the Vikings 39 yard line. Two plays later they did just that with quarterback Irvin Smith connecting with Devon Pestano from 30 yards; a pass nearly intercepted by a Vikings defender. The Blue Devils were back in the game trailing 14-7 with 8:06 remaining in the first half.

Henry Kuhn and the Vikings offense marched down the field on their next possession converting three 3rd-and-shorts before scoring on a QB sneak from 1 yard out to stretch the Whitman lead to 21-7 with 2:28 left in the 2nd. Springbrook's next possession included a 56 yard bomb from Irvin Smith to Etienne Bodog-Bikim putting the Blue Devils in scoring position with a 1st and goal on the 2 yard line, 1:31 left on the clock. The Vikings defense held strong, stuffing Devon Pestano on two straight running attempts before Vikings star LB Tony Atkinson timed the snap count perfectly to recorded a sack on 3rd down; forcing the Blue Devils to attempt a field goal from 28 yards. The field goal try was good inching the Blue Devils closer at 21-10 just before halftime.

After a long halftime spectacle which involved a performance from the poms, a tremendous musical melody from the band and an announcement of the Homecoming court, the Blue Devils took possession first hoping to chip away at the Vikings lead. After two straight punts from either team, the Blue Devils received the ball again. Devon Pestano made his best run of 45 yards up the middle giving the home team a 1st and 10 on the Whitman 25. Two plays later, Tony Atkinson intercepts the ball, ripping the momentum away from the Springbrook. A 3-and-out for the Vikings offense concluded the 3rd quarter with the score still, Vikings - 21 and Blue Devils - 10.
 
Down by two scores, the Blue Devils drove as far as the Vikings 38 yard line and looked to convert at 4th and 2. Unfortunately a penalty flag for illegal touching caused Springbrook to turn the ball over on downs with 9:17 left in the game. The Vikings carved up the clock running the ball with Val Djidotor. Their bigger offensive line wore down the Blue Devils defense line and ate up nearly 7 minutes of the clock before Whitman turned the ball over on downs on the Blue Devils 8 yard line leaving them with 2:23 left in the game. Two plays later Vikings' Tommy Scholl intercepted a pass and closed the door on any comeback hopes for the home team. Three kneel downs later; the final score was the same as it was at halftime: Whitman - 21 Springbrook - 10.

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Mocofootball.com Offensive player of the game: Whitman RB Val Djidotor who ran hard and picked up multiple first downs when the Vikings needed them.
Mocofootball.com Defensive player of the game: Whitman LB Tony Atkinson who had 2 sacks and 1 interception to lead the defense. 
 
MoCoFootball.com Play of the game: Whitman WR Rico Djidotor's kickoff return for a TD on the opening play of the game. It set the tone for the Vikings and helped lead them to victory.
 
What MoCoFootball.com learned:
Springbrook: Although they are 6-2 now and capable of playing with anyone, they still remain behind the elite level teams. RB Devon Pestano is a stud on offense to go along with LB/RB Derrick Short on defense. The team is small in size, but athletic. The Brook is good, but definitely behind the likes of Sherwood, Gaithersburg and now Whitman in the 4A. With a tough final two weeks against Sherwood and Paint Branch, the Blue Devils will need to find a consistent passing game if they expect to make the playoffs.
 
Whitman: This team has size and plays with discipline. They aren't at the elite level yet, but they're closer than people think. They are the 3rd best 4A team I've seen this year behind both Sherwood and Gaithersburg. LB Tony Atkinson is one of the best defensive players that many people do not know about. He is a definite All-County performer in my opinion. Their final two weeks aren't easy either with Seneca Valley and Churchill on the horizon. If the Vikings win their last two, they could have a shot at a home playoff game.

MCFb Game of the Week 1 2 3 4 F
#7 Whitman (6-2) 14 7 0 0 21
#6 Springbrook (6-2) 0 10 0 0 10
Rushing: WHIT- V. Djidotor 23 att for 92y.


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