This weekend is full of great high school football in the DMV. Here's four to watch:
No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 14 Georgetown Prep
When: 2:00 p.m. Saturday
Where: Gonzaga College High School, Washington D.C.
In 2018, Coach Randy Trivers’ Gonzaga Eagles snuck up on a couple of teams en route to winning the WCAC crown in what was arguably the greatest high school football game of all time.
In 2019, the Eagles aren’t sneaking up on anybody. Gonzaga is off to a 2-0 start with impressive victories over big-time programs American Heritage (FLA) at home and Don Bosco Prep (NJ) on the road.
Georgetown Prep, the defending IAC, followed up a victory at Woodberry Forrest by falling at Loyola Blakefield 37-27 last week. On Friday they meet in the 16th annual Jesuit Gridiron Classic. Last year, Gonzaga handed the Little Hoyas their only loss of the season; a 30-0 win at home.
No. 2 Quince Orchard vs. No. 19 Damascus
When: 6:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Quince Orchard High School, Gaithersburg MD
A backyard brawl of epic proportions, No. 19 Damascus travels to Quince Orchard to do battle with the Cougars. Quince Orchard, the defending 4a champs look to be in midseason form following a week one shellacking of Wootton.
The last time we saw Damascus, their 53-game win streak was snapped by Oakdale. They look to make a statement with all the eyes of Montgomery County watching. The Cougars haven’t defeated the Stormin’ Hornets since 2013.
Look for nationally top-ranked recruit DT Bryan Bresee and Damascus to control the defensive line of scrimmage early. With C Ryan Linthicum leading a stout offensive line, Damascus should have success running the ball. The Cougars though have an advantage at the skilled positions. Kent State commit Marquez Cooper is the high school version of the human-highlight reel and dual-threat QB Brian Plummer and will look to expose the Swarmin’ Hornets with his arm and legs.
No. 13 Friendship Collegiate Academy vs. No. 24 H.D. Woodson
When: 5:00 p.m. Saturday
Where: RFK Stadium, Washington D.C.
The Kickoff Classic allows student-athletes of the District to play football on the highest of stages; the hallowed grounds of historic RFK stadium.
The primetime match up of the event pairs bitter rivals H.D. Woodson and Friendship Collegiate Academy. Also known as the Ward 7 “Clash of the Titans”, this is the game all of Washington D.C. looks forward to annually.
Friendship, defending DCSAA Class AA champion, lost their opener on the road to North Allegheny (Pa.) but have since made quick work out of consecutive DCSAA foes, including a 41-14 victory last week against Ballou.
H.D. dropped their first two, but their win/loss record doesn’t tell the complete story. In week one they fell to perennial powerhouse Martinsburg (WV) and in week two, they mounted a feverish comeback, only to lose in the closing moments to Steubenville (OH). Both games were played on the road.
Starting slow is nothing new to the Warriors. Last season they began 0-3 before reeling off 10 consecutive victories, including the “Turkey Bowl”, their conference championship. Unfortunately for H.D., two of their losses came at the hands of the Knights. Friendship seems to have the Warriors number, winning their last 5 head-to-head bouts.
Dunbar vs. No. 16 Landon
When: 6:00 p.m. Friday
Where: Dunbar High School, Washington D.C.
Had you inquired three weeks ago, the general consensus would have been to mark this one in the win column for Landon before they even stepped on the field. An annual IAC contender taking on a D.C. public school predicted to finish in the middle of the pack, this one looked like a no-brainer.
Three weeks later and much has changed. Landon fell in their road opener to Delbarton 34-27, and Dunbar has looked electric through two weeks, including last Friday’s 46-6 drubbing of defending DCSAA Class-A champion, Bell.
Landon will have the physical advantages up front and should be able to run the ball at will. Dunbar looks to spread them out and use their multi-receiver sets to find mismatches all over the field.
Other Games of Note:
No. 6 Woodgrove vs. Tuscarora, 7 p.m. Friday
No. 17 Northwest vs. No. 21 Paint Branch, 6:30 p.m. Friday
Bullis vs. Archbishop Spalding, 7 p.m. Friday
St. Mary’s Ryken at Bishop McNamara, 2 p.m. Saturday
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