ROCKVILLE – When Rockville senior wide receiver Michael Young caught the first touchdown Friday against city rival Richard Montgomery, the Rams positioned themselves to compete for an upset.
It didn’t happen.
Instead, host R.M. stormed back for a 28-20 victory, buoyed by two rushing touchdowns each from senior running backs Tylen Hebron and Kristopher Ricks, the latter making his first-ever start at running back.
“Our offense came back right down the field to take the lead back,” Rockets head coach Josh Klotz said.
Rockville senior quarterback Julian Mobley threw two touchdown passes to Young, one in each quarter of the first half, and ran in the Rams’ third touchdown of the game during the second half.
Kenton credited the Rockets’ offense with dividing Rockville’s defense “in half while Klotz pointed out RM’s rushing game allowed the Rockets to maintain control of the tempo of the game.”
“I would give (the credit) all to the o-line because without them paving the way, I wouldn’t have made (the touchdowns),” Hebron said.
He also said the rivalry supplied energy to him and his teammates to try to win.
According to Ricks, the “amazing” atmosphere of the rivalry game contributed to the intensity on the field but the Rockets stayed disciplined.
“We didn’t focus too much on the atmosphere, and we won the game,” he said.
Rockville had one chance to even the score during the second half, pressuring the Rockets inside the red zone during the third quarter.
However, R.M. senior safety George Bryan picked off Mobley in the end zone.
Kenton said he hopes Rockville (1-2) will play better Sept. 23 in Germantown against Seneca Valley (1-1).
Richard Montgomery (3-0) has a short trip down the road Friday when the Rockets take on host Wootton (2-1).
Seneca Valley had a bye this week while Wootton fell 52-13 to Quince Orchard (2-1).