OLNEY – Avalon senior quarterback Bryan Strittmatter faced his former teammates in Saturday’s scrimmage against Good Counsel at Kline Stadium.
Although Good Counsel overpowered the Black Knights, Strittmatter described the encounter as “an amazing experience” to play against former comrades.
“I loved it,” said Strittmatter. “I knew everyone playing. They knew me. We were talking the whole game.”
Exactly one year ago, Strittmatter was Good Counsel’s starting quarterback but left the school in midseason and wound up at Churchill with his kid brother Sean. Both Strittmatter brothers have since left Churchill for separate Montgomery County private schools. Sean, a junior, is now at Georgetown Prep while Bryan seeks to lead Avalon to a successful season in his final high school campaign.
The Black Knights travel to The Potomac School in Virginia this weekend to battle the Panthers in the season opener.
Strittmatter has lofty goals for an Avalon team that finished 5-5 last season while competing in the Capital Area Football Conference.
“Our expectations are to win a championship,” said Strittmatter. “My goal is to go undefeated, win a championship and that’s all we’re thinking of.”
The loaded Avalon 2016 class includes standouts Trevon Diggs, Daqwan Hill and Jaron Woodyard who have been playing together since their youth league days with the MVSA Chiefs.
Diggs replaces Avalon running back Isaac Boyd who set the school record for rushing last year. Strittmatter replaces quarterback Wyatt Karem who set a school record for career passing yards and touchdowns during his four year starting tenure at the Gaithersburg private school
Strittmatter said he has high expectations for the entire class and looks forward to playing with them this season.
“I thought it was the perfect fit for me,” Strittmatter said when asked why he transferred to the Gaithersburg private school.