SILVER SPRING – The Blake varsity football team clashed with Wheaton Saturday in a game the previously undefeated Knights would probably like to forget.
Six different Bengal players scored touchdowns as Blake steamrolled Wheaton, 50-7.
Bengals junior running back Isaac Smith ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns, including a 17-yard scoring run on Blake’s first possession of the game.
Smith also made some noise on the defensive side of the ball when he intercepted Wheaton junior quarterback Tacoma Kingrea’s first pass of the afternoon.
The Knights recovered from the interception long enough for junior running back Lovell Djieya to earn Wheaton’s only touchdown.
Djieya swerved to his left for the 47 yard game-tying score as Blake defenders dove to try to bring him down.
His touchdown proved to be the only high point in a frustrating game for the Knights.
“We came out a little flat and they jumped on us pretty good,” said Wheaton Head Coach Ernie Williams. “Things got out of hand and they’ve got a really good football team.”
Blake answered Wheaton a few minutes later when Kingrea connected with senior wide receiver Jalen Poston for a 24- yard touchdown.
The call drew the ire of the Wheaton sidelines after Poston appeared to fumble the ball at the goal line, prompting the question of whether the score would stand.
The referees, however, did not reverse the decision.
Kingrea completed a short pass to wide receiver Dearage Mason at the end of the first quarter, allowing the senior to zig-zag between Wheaton defenders before racing into the end zone for an 18-yard touchdown.
The Knights had an opportunity to put more points on the board when junior defensive lineman Byron Toro landed on Kingrea’s fumble at the 14 yard line.
However, Blake snatched the ball right back when Bengals junior linebacker Carleton Thomas intercepted Wheaton quarterback Russell Hoes a few plays later.
Thomas’ interception translated to points when Kingrea aimed for junior receiver Kenny Gardner in the end zone. Gardner caught the nine yard pass in stride and tip toed out of bounds.
Toro blocked junior kicker Alec Reyes’ extra point attempt.
The Bengals continued to showcase their multiple offensive threats in the second half.
Junior running back Cameron Cannon was the next Bengal to find the end zone when he ran untouched for a 19 yard touchdown.
Blake led 34-7 when the game really started to fall apart for Wheaton. The Knights earned five penalties on one Bengal drive, including flags for pulling the facemask and roughing the passer.
The penalties handed Blake more than 45 yards and set Smith up for an easy eight yard touchdown for his second score of the afternoon.
Kingrea’s quarterback sneak tacked on two more points after Smith’s score.
The victory was all but guaranteed but the Bengals weren’t done spreading the wealth just yet.
Gardner and Poston combined to drive the ball down the field and junior wide receiver Jose Lopez punched the ball in from the one yard line for the final touchdown of the afternoon.
The Bengals converted another two points with a second quarterback sneak by senior quarterback Brian Dennis.
“We have a lot of talent on this team. We try to get them the ball as much as possible,” said Blake Head Coach DeShawn Anderson. “Our offensive coordinator did a great job of calling plays for everyone and we’ve got a lot of people that can score.”
Williams said even a tough loss will not derail his team from its goal.
“If we’d have lost by one point or 100, it didn’t matter. We’re going to go out and get ready for Einstein,” he said. “I’m not worried about my team. We know what our goal is and that’s to be in that regional championship game.”