SILVER SPRING – The Wheaton varsity football team beat host Kennedy 27-6 at the Cavaliers’ homecoming game Saturday as senior running back Dominyck Sims led the Knights with a pair of touchdowns.
“It’s our first time beating our rival under our staff,” said Wheaton head coach Ernie Williams.
Wheaton’s victory brought the Knights back up to .500 for the season at 3-3 overall while the Cavaliers remained winless at 0-6.
Kennedy started the first quarter off strong with a 30-yard carry by junior running back Kamal Vauls but turned over the ball after two flags.
However, Vauls later rushed into the end zone with 27 seconds left in the first quarter for the first touchdown of the game.
A blocked extra point attempt left the home team leading 6-0 at the end of the first quarter.
With about two minutes left in the second quarter, Wheaton’s junior wide receiver Jahmally Willie caught a pass in the end zone from senior quarterback Victor Barkley to tie the game but another blocked extra point attempt left the score at 6-6.
Sims later rushed in the first of his two touchdown runs for the game with nine seconds left in the second quarter, putting the Knights up 12-6.
Although Kennedy junior wide receiver Jonathan Mustamu caught a long pass from senior quarterback Jordan Davis with eight minutes left in the third quarter, Kennedy’s offense could not gain enough yardage for another first down. On the other side of the ball, Wheaton’s offense collected first down after first down, allowing Sims to earned his second touchdown, followed by a two-point conversion to make the score 20-6.
Kennedy picked up a couple first downs but, with 40 seconds remaining in the third quarter, Wheaton’s sophomore wide receiver Gordan Ekue-Hettah intercepted a pass in the end zone.
The fourth quarter started off with a false start against Wheaton but quickly changed when senior wide receiver Blake Williams caught a touchdown near the 8:00 mark, pushing the score to 27-6 after the extra point.
“Kennedy took the lead 6-0, so we knew we were in for a long game,” said Williams. “They played hard and they played smart. It was good to see my team recover from that.”
Williams recalled previous games with their rival.
“We’ve had some tough losses here at Kennedy,” said Williams. “Coming here and winning was really refreshing.”
Kennedy head coach Dan Makosky refused to comment after the game.