SILVER SPRING – On June 4, Montgomery Blair High School hosted a passing league tournament called the “Battle On The Beltway 7 on 7 Tournament.”
It was a football tournament that featured 24 teams and 21 schools. Some schools had more than one team playing. The tournament was an all-day event and elimination games were in the afternoon.
The first elimination round saw Rockville defeat Wheaton, 25-10. Sherwood lost to Bethesda-Chevy Chase, 27-6, while Richard Montgomery toppled Magruder, 23-16, and Spring Mills took down Churchill, 16-6. Blair’s B team defeated Blake 23-7, Sherwood beat Brunswick 32-0, and Wootton knocked off Poolesville, 30-24.
In the second elimination round, Gonzaga’s A and B team walked away as victors. The Gonzaga A team beat Spring Mills, 26-6, and the B team defeated Rockville, 16-15. It was a tight matchup between Blair’s A team and B-CC but the Blazers were able to beat B-CC, 24-18. Richard Montgomery defeated Springbrook, 17-6.
Continuing in the second round, Paint Branch beat Blair’s B team, 30-6. Wootton fell to Seneca Valley, 24-20. Northwood beat Sherwood, 18-15. Watkins Mill earned a 16-12 win over Clarksburg and advanced to the quarterfinals where they beat Seneca, 18-8.
Paint Branch moved on to the semifinals when they beat Northwood, 21-15. Gonzaga A and Blair A joined Paint Branch. In the final four of the Battle on the Beltway, Gonzaga defeated Blair A, 35-20, while Watkins Mill beat Paint Branch, 19-8.
This set up the Battle of the Boulevard Championship game between Gonzaga and Watkins Mill. The Purple Eagles ended up walking away with a championship victory by beating the Wolverines, 27-18.
“They did a nice job playing together,” Gonzaga head coach Randy Trivers said. “They gave a great effort.”
One thing Trivers did point out was how hard his team works to get better and how it benefits them on the field.
“Our guys are very hard-working,” Trivers said. “It shows in our performance.”
Trivers was impressed the way rising senior quarterback Sam Brown played during the event.
“Our captain Sam Brown did well,” Trivers stated. “I was very pleased that he didn’t throw any interceptions during the eight games.”