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Elite-8 games of Week 1, plus GC vs Manatee

by MoCoFootball Staff on 09/03/11

Week 1 - MoCo Football

by Michael Cornejo

#1 Quince Orchard 23 - #7 Sherwood 6
THE COUGAR DOME -- It started off as a defensive stalemate with both teams jabbing at each other for the first 20 minutes of the game. It wasn't until late in the first half when Cougars RB Mark Green (29 carries, 134 yards) was able to punch it in for six with 2:12 left in the second quarter to put the home team on the board.
The Warriors' Jake Ryder punted the ball to D'Andre Johnson who sprinted right toward 60 yards for another Cougars touchdown with 1:16 left in the second; giving the home team a 13-0 first half time lead.
Sherwood did show flashes of offense but their inability to convert multiple 3rd-and-1's throughout the game was disappointing for the visiting Warriors. The Warriors' first trip inside the Cougars' 20 yard line was marred with a holding penalty. Another long Jordan Larsen-Abdoule Jallow deep in QO territory was nullified with a fumble recovered by the bend-but-unbreaking black shirt D of Quince Orchard led by junior star LB Marcus Newby- in Coach Dave Mencarini's words, "the best player in the state of Maryland."
Other highlights in the game include Billy Plante's lone connection with Devin Haywood for a 42-yard fade pass that put QO up 20-0 with 3:43 left in the 3rd. Sherwood's Jordan Larsen countered with an 18-yard run untouched to paydirt down the middle on fourth and short giving Sherwood a gleam of hope seconds into the 4th quarter.
Multiple cramp incidents, a few minor injuries, and twenty some penalties (offsides/delay of game) hurt Sherwood throughout the game. The lead surmounted by Quince Orchard proved too much for the young Sherwood team that seemed to have lost steam in the second half. Sherwood will take their lumps this year and it is unfortunate that it had to be in the first game against the county's best team. However a few more tweaks and discipline will prove the squad no team can sleep on. They are not as bad as advertised. Quince Orchard on the other hand fought like Mickey Ward tonight; exchanged some hits before finding their spots that got Sherwood internally bleeding from liver shots before it was lights out.

#3 Damascus 19 - #8 Clarksburg 18 - OT
Maryland Head Coach Randy Edsall was in attendance for this game checking out a pair of big names on either team whom the Terrapins have offered scholarships.
Perhaps much attention were focused on those two players- Damascus WR/LB Zach Bradshaw and Clarksburg WR Stefan Houston, but it was the Hornets' junior tailback Trevor Patton who commanded well with vintage Damascus running attack by rushing 21 times for 106 yards.
Damascus led the game 12-0 after Chase Williams connected with Bradshaw for 50-some yards. Clarksburg got on board countering with a big play of their own with Mike Sheehan firing one to playmaker Stefan Houston.
Houston once again got into the endzone in the third quarter this time from five yards out to tie the game at 12-all. A scoreless 4th quarter led the game into overtime. Damascus relief RB Caleb Baisden got in for the score with Eddie Cooke tacking in the extra point. Stefan Houston would get in the endzone for the third time but their attempt for the win was halted when Houston was swarmed by the Damascus defense.

Note: Damascus rushed for over 200 yards tonight with Patton's 106 while Baisden and John Hanley split 28 carries for 104 yards.

#2 Seneca Valley 24 - Einstein 6
A "sloppy game" in Seneca Valley standards. But a good win nevertheless. Screamin' Eagles RB James Jones-Williams rushed 16 times for 105 yards and two touchdowns. QB Tanner Vallely played it safe and smart going 8-for-11 for 119 yards. Kevin Joppy returned a kickoff 90 yards for a score. Einstein's lone score is Keith Gaye's 6-yard run in the third quarter.

#4 Paint Branch 39 - Rockville 6
Paint Branch christened Rockville with a sound beating on Baltimore Road. Panthers' QB David Smith had a hoard of passes caught by grass but it was certainly excused since his passes that were completed were for huge gains. Ortiz Jones only caught two passes for 74 yards but those two gave the Panthers 12 points. Bene't Willis is le undisputed Player of le Game for rushing 15 times for 95 yards and two touchdowns plus two catches for 71 yards. Rockville QB Blaine Pierce had a much better completion ratio hitting his targets Jervado Carrington and Ruxx Carmines eight times for 84 yards. Unfortunately, the Rams passing game couldn't produce any points to support a running game that struggled.

#5 Gaithersburg 35 - Richard Montgomery 14
Nobody seem to be able to keep Vault locked down and he bolted for two touchdowns to start the first half. Solomon Vault returned a punt 65 yards in the opening quarter to give the Trojans a 6-0 lead and followed it up with another visit to the endzone in the second quarter from five yards out. Coach Kephart's boys had a nice two score lead entering the second half and pulled away by scoring two unanswered touchdowns. Vault led all rushers with 223 yards on the ground. Zack Fetter's heir Lincoln Reyes went 9-13 and 166 yards. Their teammate WR Billy Brown was just about shy of averaging 25 yards a catch when his four catches that went for 98 yards. Junior RB LaRon Thompson scored two touchdowns for the Rams and was eight yards short of the century mark with his 92 yards.

#6 Whitman 35 - Wootton 30
Only one team escaped with the W- and what a wild and weird whirlwind of an outcome it was. Whoa wait I'm just forcing the W's now. Wootton went firing on all cylinders opening the game in their spread offense with a 10-point lead with a touchdown pass from Chris Papadopoulos to Curt Brooks and later a field goal by Constantine Magginas. Patriots RB Jake Koplan tacks in another touchdown in what looked to be the upset win for the Pats looking good up 17-0. Whitman though awakes and finds a cure to their endzone allergy with RB Val Djidotor getting in from 19 yards out. Teammate Arsalan Nejad gets in from the 8-yard line followed by another Djidotor score. Both teams traded scores but in the end, Wootton couldn't figured out how to contain Djidotor. Val Djidotor finished the game with 19 carries for 185 yards and three touchdowns. Vikes' QB Michael Flack was heavy on the ground as well rushing 15 times for 118 yards. Big numbers for Wootton QB Chris Papadopoulos who went 23-for-34 with 313 yards through the air. He accounted for two TD passes and ran one in as well. Kicker Constantine Magginas contributed six points with a field goal and three extra points.

Good Counsel 24 - Manatee (FL) 17 (2 OT)
Stefon Diggs caught six passes for 131 yards and two TDs. QB Brendan Marshall completed 11 of his 22 passes for 235 yards and three TDs in a double overtime win over nationally ranked Manatee of Bradenton, FL.

sources: MCPS Football Head Coaches. The Board. Washington Post.


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