OXON HILL – The Potomac varsity football team extended its winning streak to five games Saturday, dispatching Magruder in a lopsided 56-14 game during the first round of the playoffs. Other than a mistake on their opening drive, the Wolverines ran into no resistance from their Colonel counterparts. Potomac marched into the Magruder red zone […]
OXON HILL – The Potomac varsity football team extended its winning streak to five games Saturday, dispatching Magruder in a lopsided 56-14 game during the first round of the playoffs.
Other than a mistake on their opening drive, the Wolverines ran into no resistance from their Colonel counterparts.
Potomac marched into the Magruder red zone on the opening drive but a fumble on the quarterback exchange from center led to a turnover.
Magruder (5-6 overall) responded with an 89-yard drive, capped by a one-yard rushing touchdown from running back Bryan Juarez to take 7-0 first quarter lead.
Juarez served as Magruder’s bright spot as he was constantly fed the ball throughout the game. He finished with 113 yards on 19 carries, scoring both Magruder touchdowns, including a 47-yard run to pay dirt in the third quarter.
However, Potomac scored during its next four first half possessions after Juarez’s first touchdown, jumping out to a 28-7 halftime lead.
Wolverine running back Calil Wilkins finished the afternoon with 131 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown while his split back Tayon Fleet-Davis added 87 yards on 13 carries, scoring twice.
All of the Wolverines’ rushing came in the first half.
“We practiced hard all week and prepared for the options and everything that they ran. We started off a little sloppy but we finished strong. We held them only to 14 points so onto the next,” said Wilkins.
“I think we had a good performance. (I) would like to say thanks to my O-line, they did a good job blocking and without them we’d be nothing, actually,” added Fleet-Davis. “But I had a nice game overall, on the defensive side as well too. Next round we’re gonna have to be more disciplined but we can go far with this team.”
During the second half, Potomac matched its 28-point total from the first half while the Colonels punted on their next six possessions and turned the ball over on both of their fourth quarter possessions.
Potomac made no significant defensive adjustments and left eight men in the box the entire game.
“I wasn’t surprised because of all the film we watched, they stuck to that whether they were winning or losing so we already knew going into the game,” Wilkins said of Magruder’s option play.
Potomac quarterback Javonte Howard completed 8-of-11 passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns.
He started the game 6-for-6, picking up 94 yards before missing a throw.
“At the end of the day, it’s about getting the W and I’m just happy we came out with a first round playoff win. They ran a lot of cover-3 and cover-1 man, so I got my receivers beating their one on one match ups every time so I didn’t get distracted by how they were playing defense,” said Howard.
“As long as I read front side and understand that either the corner ‘bills’ or plays man, our receivers will beat them every time,” Howard added. “My best receiver (Andre Hall), we’ve been working after practice; we just put in more work and just wanted it more than them.”
Potomac receiver Andre Hall finished the game with 77 yards on four catches including a 20 yard score and a 43 yard grab to set up another.
The Wolverines move to 9-2 on the year and face Wheaton (6-5) in the second round.
“Next round we’re going to watch film, practice hard and come out and try to dominate all the way to the state championships, that’s our goal,.” said Wilkins.
Box Score 1 2 3 4 total
Magruder 7 0 7 0 14
Potomac 6 22 7 21 56
1-M- Juarez 1 yard run- 7-0
1-P- Wilkins 8 yard run- 6-7
2-P- Fleet-Davis 4 yard run- 14-7
2-P- DJ Henry 45 yard run- 21-7
2-P- Fleet-Davis 10 yard run- 28-7
3-P- Tobias 10 yard pass from Howard- 35-7
3-M- Juarez 47 yard run- 14-35
4-P- Howard 1 yard run- 42-14
4-P- Hall 20 yard pass from Howard- 48-14
4-P- Wheeler-Johnson 1 yard run- 56-14