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Elite 8 Games of Week 4

by MoCoFootball Staff on 09/23/11


#1 Quince Orchard (3-0) at Northwest (1-2)
It's Northwest's 3rd Hall of Fame game since 2007 and first year head coach Mike Neubeiser faces off versus the team he was a defensive coordinator for when they won States in 2007. Matty Callahan remains one of the Metro Area's best having passed for 509 yards good for 10th best in Maryland.

Quince Orchard are the county's best and has yet to receive a vote that is less than 1st place. Mark Green has 347 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns on the ground and was a key contributor in week 3's win versus Paint Branch. Junior Marcus Newby is the Cougars' best player on defense. the Cougars are looking to take a series lead with a win this week.

#2 Damascus (3-0) at Einstein (2-1)
Damascus was one of the teams that progressively went down in rankings every week until they blew up and destroyed Wootton. That elevated the Hornets to jump three slots to #2. The worst thing they can do is to slack off against Einstein. The Titans found a superb coach in Jermaine Howell who has the Titans off to a great start. The Titans have the 4th highest scoring team in the County. Both Damascus and Einstein has given up 30 points total on defense.

Damascus' ultimate weapon is Zach Bradshaw. A big player with underrated speed. He isn't flashy but he handles the game with professionalism. Running back Trevor Patton racked up 213 yards and 3 TDs last week. He has 405 yards for the season.
Einstein counters with Elijah Thomas and Ryan Ferguson at running back. Junior quarterback Sean Loftus will need to be smart with the ball playing against a defense that held the county's best passing game to two trips in the endzone last week.

Magruder (1-2) at #5 Gaithersburg (3-0)
After a promising start, Magruder has since fallen to a losing record after loses against Paint Branch and handing Northwest the program's last two wins. Undersized yet unlacking in effort, Chris Miller and company doesn't have stars but are collectively sound especially early in the game.

2010's 4A West Champion Gaithersburg has a lot of size and speed in the offense alone. Solomon Vault is one of the most versatile players in the state and makes a great candidate for player of the year honors with his contributions and big plays on offense and returns on special teams. Lincon Reyes' first year as the Trojans' signal-caller is eased with having a trio of big guys to pass the rock. Billy Brown, highly touted Simba Gwashavamhu, and Dominic Jefferson have been a headache for defensive backs. Vault coming out of the backfield is also a pain for defenses. At 3-0 the Trojans are the least scoring undefeated team in the county. They struggled with unranked Springbrook in week 2 and squeaked out a win versus another unranked team in rebuilding Sherwood last week.

#6 Paint Branch (2-1) at Blake (2-1)
Paint Branch looked to have been brought back to Earth and reality after falling apart against top-ranked Quince Orchard. Both the Panthers and Cougar split the amount of interceptions in the game (three each) but David Smith has found himself to be hurried often and caught in the backfield for the last two weeks. He is 24-for-59 (40%) and hasn't thrown a touchdown pass since the season began. Fortunately for the Panthers running back Bene't Willis is no slouch. Although held to under 75 yards in week 3, Willis's 362 yards still puts him at 120 yards average per game.

The Blake Bengals have been playing the role of silent assassin for the past three weeks. They can easily be 3-0 right now but couldn't pull it off against Sherwood in week 2. They've snucked by to beat a Watkins Mill team who had played Damascus to a 7-0 game a week before. William Sewell is the Bengals' best offensive weapon and not far behind him are his supporting cast of some win-hungry guys in Will Scott, Justin Ingram, and quarterback Julian Carr. The unflashy offense of Blake will need to bring their A-game against a Top 10 defense that Paint Branch brings. Mike Nesmith teams never have had bad back-to-back games. Look for Paint Branch to send a cold message against their down-county rival.

Watkins Mill (1-2) at #8 Clarksburg (2-1)
Who knows how a team who held Damascus to seven points could allow Blake to score 15 and beat them. Watkins Mill had a field day in week one when they defeated Poolesville 42-12 but has since taken a seat back. The 'Rines should be at least 2-1 right now. Mike Offutt and the rest of the orange and blue are going to need all the help they're going to get. They face a hot Clarksburg team led by one of the DMV's best quarterback in Mike Sheehan. He is less than 300 yards away from hitting the 1000-yard passing mark. It really helps to have one of the most versatile players in the area as well with Stefan Houston. Houston is looking unstoppable rushing or receiving the ball. Never mind what he does on special teams, he has totaled five touchdowns alone on offense. Jared Thompson takes the load out of Sheehan and Houston by providing ground support for the Coyotes.

-By Michael Cornejo
credit: Matt Miller, Ashley Harper, Lisa Levenbach, and The Washington Post.


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