Spalding shows up against Gonzaga; coaches address fight at DC game

Last September, Archbishop Spalding proved he could match the powerhouses of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference when he beat Gonzaga in overtime after years of failing against WCAC opponents.

On Friday, Severn Private School made a bigger statement. In their 41-21 win over Gonzaga in Northwest Washington, the Cavaliers showed they could outplay a WCAC contender.

“We go out to beat whoever’s on the field,” Spalding wide receiver Maxwell Moss said. “We play the guys who are in the shirts, not the names themselves.”

Moss was a key part of Maryland contender Interscholastic Athletic Association’s dominant aerial attack. The senior caught eight passes for 196 yards and four touchdowns, a career high. The performance came a week after Moss caught an 83-yard game-winning touchdown pass against Imhotep Charter (Pa.).

On Friday, Spalding (3-1) took a 21-0 halftime lead against Gonzaga (3-1). With a 35-7 advantage going into the fourth quarter, the Cavaliers saved their best game for last.

Quarterback Malik Washington placed a perfect pass for Moss, who caught the ball on the right sideline to score on a 76-yard reception.

“Our coach talks about the guys who came before us all the time,” Moss said. “They kind of built this program and this foundation for us. And that makes me work hard and keep going because I want to be on that list of guys who our coach said was a ‘Spalding football guy’. ”

The Bell-Ballou match goes wrong

What started as a friendly rivalry between two teams from opposite quadrants in the district soured when an altercation in the stands led to the game’s early conclusion.

With around nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of Bell’s 46-0 victory over Ballou on Friday night at Cardozo High in the North West, many of Ballou’s players rushed onto the pitch and into the stands. The match ended there and the police were called to the scene.

Ballou’s coach Kenny Brown said the incident stemmed from an argument involving a Bell fan and the mother of one of Ballou’s key players.

“What happened on Friday night was extremely disappointing, but I hope people will remember it was a very rough game between the kids and give some grace to our players,” Brown said. . “With many of our guys coming from single parent families, their love for their mothers runs deep and intense. So when our guys saw that one of the moms on our team was upset, their first thought was, “We need to protect her. ”

Bell and Ballou entered the game with heightened emotions. After a one-point loss to Ballou in the seven-on-seven season, Bell took offense at the way the Knights danced and celebrated. The beef escalated with trash talk on Facebook.

Each team played with more punch on Friday, including several late game hits. As the score got out of hand, so did the tempers. Moments before the incident in the stands, there was a fight on the pitch.

“The way this match ended was no surprise; it perfectly summed up the kind of non-professional schedule they were running there,” said Bell coach Daniel Tyson, who accused Ballou of refusing to trade pre-game flicks – a courtesy to help teams spot opponents. “…They did all the talking about setting it on the dash, but once we started putting it on them, they got in their feelings and started chasing their heads and trying to deliberately injuring our guys – and their coaches were cheering and patting them on the head afterwards.

Another fight at a football game on Friday — between Northwest High and Gaithersburg — led to an arrest and Montgomery County temporarily suspended both programs.

As of Sunday night, neither Bell nor Ballou had been contacted by DC Interscholastic Athletic Association officials, the coaches said, and they intended to operate as they normally would this week. Bell hosts Ron Brown on Friday, while Ballou has a bye.

“Knowing the kind of stereotypes that have been attached to black men, especially black men in the Southeast, is likely to escalate and lead to people making unfair assumptions and calling us thugs,” Brown said, Ballou’s trainer. “But just know that we don’t teach or condone this type of behavior and we spend every minute of our 16 or so hours with these kids trying to mold them to be the best men they can be.”

Amari Allen, Sherwood: The senior quarterback provided the region’s most spectacular finish of the weekend when he completed a 46-yard Hail Mary to lead the Warriors to a stunning 27-21 win over Blake.

Brenton Toles, St. Mary’s Ryken: The junior quarterback threw for 300 yards and four touchdowns in the Knights’ 55-20 win over Curtis (NY).

Kenyatta Carmichael Jr., Dunbar: The senior defensive back had four total touchdowns – two receiving returns and two interception returns – as the Tide routed McKinley Tech, 56-8.

Tony Rojas, Fairfax: The senior running back, who will play linebacker at Penn State, finished with 276 yards, four touchdowns and three tackles for the team’s 45-0 shutout loss to McLean.

Painting branch to Blair, Friday, 6:30 p.m.

Flowers to Bowie, Friday, 7 p.m.

Tuscarora in Briar Woods, Friday, 7 p.m.

Douglass to Bishop McNamara, Saturday afternoon

Homework fuels Westfield’s return to relevance

With three state championships and a 121-17 record in the 2010s, Westfield, a former Class 6 Goliath, encountered a dynamic unheard of at the turn of the decade: a 10-9 record squarely similar to that of David in fall and spring 2021.

Friday’s 31-20 victory over South County (2-1) had meaning for the Bulldogs (3-1) beyond just an upset of the 2019 state champions. They felt like they had discovered their sling: no more homework.

“We knew we were the underdog,” said junior quarterback Matthew Jenks, who opened the charge with a 37-yard touchdown run. “In recent years, we haven’t been as competitive. I think it really shows that we can beat anybody, we can play anybody.

While high school movie sessions can often involve as many jokes as information about an opponent’s tendencies, the Bulldogs said they’ve added about five hours of movie study — with little discussion outside of it. from football – to their piles of homework in the days leading up to victory. . When Westfield entered the final quarter with a 24-0 lead, he knew the tedious preparation had paid off.

“We will definitely continue with this; I doubt the coach [Kyle] Simmons is going to give up just because we won this game,” said senior Kashantis Anderson, who had an interception and a fumble recovery. “We’re not going to stop just because we beat South County.”

The Bulldogs knew a pass was imminent if the offensive linemen were hot on their heels. They could predict the route of the best receiver in South County based on his place in the lineup. And when Westfield guessed right, he received instant feedback from the sea of ​​neon lights roaring in the background.

“The rowdiness of that crowd…you’re playing and watching in the stands, everybody jumping around with the neon on,” Anderson said. ” Magnificent view. Magnificent view.

Atholton prepares for another shot at Oakland Mills

Howard County Public Schools is only three weeks into the season, but it’s already become nearly impossible to be perfect. Of 12 schools, only two came out this weekend with a 3-0 record: Atholton and River Hill.

Atholton picked up its third victory by defeating Centennial, 37-7. Each week, Raiders coach Eric Woodson attempts to establish a theme or word to set the tone through four days of practice. Before the centenary, the theme was “concentration”. Woodson expects veteran players to help instill the theme each week.

Among those returning players are quarterback Miles Scott and a pair of two-way twins, Dillan and Deacon Watkins, who play running back and linebacker.

“These are the type of kids who take the lead,” Woodson said. “They know where we finished last year and what we’re trying to do this year, and they know that takes focus.”

Last year, the Raiders finished 10-2, with their only loss in Howard County to Oakland Mills in Week 4. Now, with another perfect record early in the season, Atholton will get another chance against the Scorpions this Friday.

“These kids from both teams know each other well,” Woodson said. “It’s definitely going to be fun.”

On Saturday afternoon, Woodson said he hadn’t decided on a theme for this training week yet, but he knew it would be an important four-day period.

“We started to break down the film [Saturday] morning, and we’ll put the plan together starting Monday,” Woodson said. “Kids know how important this game is, especially those who were here last year. … They will definitely come into practice on Monday locked up.

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