MoCo Monday 9/6: Wild Weekby MoCoFootball Staff on 09/06/10
Matthew Dewhurst for MoCoFootball.com
Not many surprises in the first week of 2010, but man, did some teams make a statement. The biggest game of the week pitted budding rivals Seneca Valley and Clarksburg against each other in Germantown in a rematch of last year's kickoff classic. The 2009 version saw Clarksburg win on an interception returned for a touchdown in the final minute of regulation. On Friday, it was the Screamin' Eagles who added the dramatics when senior tailback Eddie Cunningham barreled his way in from two yards out to score the winning touchdown in overtime. While this might be just one game, it proved that Seneca may now have enough momentum to get on a roll in 2010. Clarksburg showed they are no slouch, but late game mistakes (like penalties) tend to come back to haunt you and now they know that first hand. I'm sure Coach Hurd will fix that Monday at practice.
What can I say about Walter Johnson? My goodness, boys, where did THAT fourth quarter come from? I didn't see this game in person, and honestly, a Rockville-WJ matchup didn't seem very enticing. But I was proved wrong on all accounts. In a game in which I was SURE that the Rams would roll the Wildcats showed that I clearly don't know it all. Entering the fourth quarter Rockville was up 35-20 before WJ spun off 27 points to walk away with a 47-41 victory. I don't care who you are, but 27 points in the fourth quarter means you were playing great football. Hats off to WJ for a great comeback win and maybe the beginning of better times for the Bethesda school. Not to be forgotten is Rockville's Crusoe Gongbay who racked up 240 yards and five touchdowns on 25 carries.
I liked the fight I saw from Whitman against Northwest as well. Nice job by the Vikings to go up there and show the last few seasons were for real. Northwest can be a hard place to play but it didn't seem to affect Whitman one bit.
Not too many surprises elsewhere around the county on Week 1. Damascus romped Magruder and Quince Orchard dominated Kennedy adding fuel to the Week 2 matchup between the two MoCo powerhouses. Sherwood (38-3 over Wootton) and Watkins Mill (23-0 over Northwood) rolled as well in Week 2 to get off to a good start.
It was good to see B-CC beat out Wheaton in a close game at home. Wheaton has a reputation as playing very hard but they will have to reload for next week against Wilson of DC.
Paint Branch squeaked by Blair 25-20 in a battle for "home field". The Panthers are having their stadium redone this season and will be playing all home games at nearby Blair. It will be interesting to see how Coach Mike Nesmith will handle his troops as they play on the road all season long.
Einstein (25-7 over Richard Montgomery) and Springbrook (17-6 over Blake) also kicked off 2010 in the win column.