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DeMatha, Good Counsel lead Top 25 for week of Oct. 13

DeMatha, Good Counsel lead Top 25 for week of Oct. 13

Good Counsel defeats Gonzaga in a 5 overtime instant classic on Friday night, bumping them up to the second spot in the rankings and Gonzaga down to three.

Here’s how the rest of the top 10 fared:

1. DeMatha (5-1) | Last: IDLE  | Next: at Gonzaga, 10/19
The DeMatha Stags were on a bye. They are preparing for Gonzaga. It will be their first conference action of the season and a rematch of the 2018 WCAC championship game

2. Good Counsel (6-1) | Last: Win (42-35 5OT) vs. Gonzaga | Next: vs St.John’s, 10/18

Good Counsel defeated previously top-ranked Gonzaga in an instant classic. The Falcons and Eagles went 5 overtimes. Sy’veon Wilkerson scored two touchdown’s in the extra frames. Kris Jenkins broke-up Caleb Williams’ pass on 4th and short to end the game.

3. Gonzaga (6-1) | Last: Loss (42-35 5OT ) at Good Counsel | Next: DeMatha, 10/19

Five-star quarterback Caleb Willams had a hand in all five Eagles touchdowns in the loss, running for four and passing for another.

4. Quince Orchard (6-0) | Last: Win (59-14) at Richard Montgomery | Next: vs Whitman, 10/18

At one point Quince Orchard trailed 7-0, they then outscored the Rockets 59-7 the rest of the way. The Cougars returned a kickoff, punt and interception for touchdowns. They outgunned RM 383 yards to 167.
5. Wise (6-0) | Last: Win (70-0) vs High Point | Next: at Suitland, 10/18

The Pumas scored 70 points for the second consecutive weekend. Jalil Farooq showed his versatility, scoring both receiving and rushing touchdowns. The Pumas defense forced 7 turnovers and allowed a total of 44 yards. In 6 games they have allowed 6 points.

6.  Westfield (6-0) | Last: Win (21-14) vs Madison | Next: at Oakton, 10/18

Virginia Tech commit Noah Kim ran for two touchdowns as Westfield was able to hold off Madison.

7.  Freedom (6-0) | Last: Win (46-6) vs Hylton | Next: at Woodbridge, 10/18

Freedom flexed its muscle in a 48-6 home victory over Hylton.

8. Stonebridge (6-0) | Last: Win (46-3) at Riverside | Next: vs. Woodgrove, 10/18

The Stonebridge defense intercepted three passes while allowing a total of 134 yards. 

9. St. John’s (3-4) | Last: Win (45-7) at Bishop McNamara | Next: at Good Counsel, 10/18

The Cadets bounced back in a big way.  After suffering 4 consecutive losses to elite competition, St. John’s opened WCAC play with a resounding victory over Bishop McNamara. The Cadets face Good Counsel on 10/18 in what will be an important game for WCAC playoff seeding.

10. Broad Run (6-0) | Last: Win (28-14) at Loudon Valley | Next: at Churchill, 10/18

Broad Run won a highly contested game at Loudon Valley. Spartans quarterback Mitch Griffis passed for multiple touchdowns leading his team to victory.

Here’s how the rest of the top 25 fared:

11. Northwest (6-0) | Last: Win (44-7) vs Churchill | Next: at Clarksburg, 10/18
12. North Point (5-1) | Last: Win (42-8) at Great Mills | Next: vs St. Charles, 10/18
13. Damascus (4-2) | Last: Win (49-8) at Watkins Mill | Next: Wheaton, 10/18
14. South County (6-0) | Last: Win (44-0) vs Woodson | Next: at West Springfield, 10/18
15. Natl Christian Aca (6-1) | Last: Win (56-55) at Steubenville | Next: vs. Central, 10/18
16. Tuscarora (6-1) | Last: Win (43-7) at Heritage | Next: IDLE
17. Friendship (4-3)| Last: Win (42-0) at Riverdale Baptist | Next: vs Penn Wood, 10/19
18. Landon (4-1) | Last: Win (41-35 2OT) at St.Stephen’s & St. Agnes  | Next: vs. Georgetown Prep, 10/19
19. Lake Braddock (5-1) | Last: Win (42-27) at Robinson | Next: vs Woodson, 10/18
20. Georgetown Prep (4-2) | Last: Win (23-9) at Episcopal | Next: at Landon, 10/19
21. Dunbar (5-1) | Last: Win (24-12) at Roosevelt | Next: vs Ballou, 10/19
22. McNamara (5-2) | Last: Loss (45-7) vs. St. John’s | Next: IDLE
23. Douglass (6-0) | Last: Win (26-20) at Fairmont Heights | Next: vs Surrattsville, 10/19
24. Arch Bishop Carroll (4-2) | Last: IDLE | Next: at Bishop O’Connell, 10/19
25. Flowers (4-2) | Last: Win (39-0) vs ERHS | Next: at Highpoint, 10/18


26. Paint Branch (5-1) | Last: Win (21-7) at Blake | Next: vs Northwood, 10/18
27. Huntingtown (6-0) | Last: Win (33-7) at Chopticon | Next: vs. Leonardtown, 10/18
28. Lackey (6-0) | Last: Win (49-12) at McDonough | Next: vs. Patuxent, 10/18
29. Linganore (6-1) | Last: Loss  (34-6) vs Penns Grove | Next: at Gov Thomas Johnson, 10/18
30. Pallotti (7-1) | Last: Win (28-24) vs St. Mary’s | Next: IDLE


DaLawn Parrish and Wise football reclaim Maryland state title

DaLawn Parrish and Wise football reclaim Maryland state title

It’s been 379 days since Wise lost to Quince Orchard in their 2018 state semifinal matchup. It’s been 9,096 hours since the Pumas' 48-game win streak was snapped and 545,760 minutes since the then-four-time champion became nothing more than a contender.

That time has passed. Wise is Wise, again.

The Pumas defeated Northwest 35-21 to reclaim the Maryland 4A state championship Friday night. The victory ended a nightmare for head coach DaLawn Parrish that he’d been living in for over a year. Asked how often he’d thought about getting back to this moment, he replied, “just about every day."

From 2015-17, the Pumas experienced so much success that at times Parrish felt his adversaries, as well as some of his supposed supporters, were anxiously waiting to witness Wise’s downfall.

“A lot of times we talk about ‘us against the world,'” Parrish said. “I think back to that QO game and I did feel like everybody wanted us to lose. Even though we had all these people behind us, I felt like half of them was cheering for QO—it was like we weren’t being supported. When I was coming up, everybody wanted to see a dynasty, now it feels like everybody wants to see the underdog win."

Parrish and the Pumas set out to use that loss as a teaching tool for the student athletes, both on and off the field.

“We used it as motivation. It drove me, it drove these young men, it drove my coaches.

"This is bigger than X’s and O’s, it’s about surrounding [these student athletes] with good people. We help them to understand what failure looks like, what it is to continue to try and we teach them that although somedays things don’t go their way, they have to keep pushing forward."

The life lesson was on full display in the state championship game. Friday night was a tale of two halves. During the first, the Jags looked like the better team at times. Northwest quarterback Jordan Morse connected with wide receiver Kaden Prather down the right sideline for a 79-yard score in the first quarter and Ryan Beach zig-zagged 69 yards on a screen pass to even the match seconds before intermission.

The vaunted Wise defense that had only allowed two opponents to score in double figures all season had given up two touchdowns in just two quarters. Asked if anything the Jags did in the first half surprised him and his staff, a jovial Parrish responded, “It surprised me that one of my people blew a coverage,” with a smile. “And I will be honest, [Beach] was quicker than I thought he was. The film doesn’t do him justice."

The Pumas' defense entered the third frame with a renewed energy. It stymied the Jags rushing attack and applied relentless pressure to Morse, registering six sacks on the night.

“I knew that if we got them in 10-personnel, they’d be in trouble because they haven’t seen speed like ours," Parrish said. "A lot of what they do is screens and short passes, so if we could get pressure [on their quarterback], I thought we could blow the game open sooner or later."

After yielding a long completion in the first quarter, Jalil Farooq proved to be a difference maker for Wise. He blanketed Prather in the second half, getting his hands on multiple passes. His third-quarter interception swung the momentum in the Puma’s favor.

“Jalil played a helluva game," teammate Dorian Strong said. “His endless pass break-ups and the pick was key for us."

Farooq would capitalize on his forced turnover moments later, when he ran a reverse in from eight yards out and gave Wise a 28-14 lead.

The Pumas' main source of consistency throughout the evening was sophomore quarterback Jayden Sauray. When the game was in the balance, Sauray delivered. He threw second-half touchdowns to Strong and Keith Boddie Jr. to match his two first-half touchdown runs. The young QB showed skill and leadership beyond his years.

“The way he played with poise was outstanding,” Parrish said. “He doesn’t get rattled much. To be a 15-year old young man and have that kind of poise and confidence is unheard of. To stay the course and remain steady the way he does, just shows who he is and what’s to come [from him] will be outstanding."

The title is the Puma’s fourth in five years and the program’s fifth this decade. However, there is little reason to expect Parrish to celebrate for too long; he’s already planning his next steps,

“We just won this championship and my mind is working on next year," Parrish said. "Who do we have to replace? Who’s coming up from junior varsity? I’m thinking about my seniors and trying to get them in college. My mind is looking outward and I haven’t had a chance to take this all in. It’s like it never stops."

Such is life when you’ve built a dynasty. Wise is Wise, again.


Top 20 DMV boys basketball: PVI, DeMatha lead rankings

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Top 20 DMV boys basketball: PVI, DeMatha lead rankings

Week 2 began with a Virginia rivalry matchup between PVI and Bishop J. O'Connell. Behind Duke commit Jeremy Roach, PVI defeated O'Connell, in a sold-out playoff environment gym.

In other notable matchups, Good Counsel upsetting Gonzaga 59-56 - Bez Mbeng led Good Counsel with 14 points.  Antoine Jacks and Dylan Williamson both contributed 12 points. And Eleanor Roosevelt defeated South River 73-61, and in an out-of-county matchup. In an IAC vs MAC non-conference game between St. Andrews and Georgetown Prep, St. Andrew's took the 89-52 victory. Dylan Edwards led St. Andrews with 15 points. Here's this week's top 25:

1. PVI 

2. DeMatha 

3. Gonzaga 

4. Saint Stephen's Saint Agnes 

5. St. John's 

6. Rock Creek

7. Bullis  

8. Archbishop Carroll

9.  Coolidge

10. Good Counsel

11. Riverdale Baptist 

12.  Bishop McNamara 

13. Thurgood Marshall

14. St. Andrew’s

15. Bishop O’Connell 

16. Georgetown Prep

17. St. Mary's Ryken

18. Wise

19. Wilson 

20. Eleanor Roosevelt 


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