ROCKVILLE – A heavy rainstorm couldn’t keep the Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas from defeating the Whitman Vikings in their first scrimmage of the season on Friday, 12-0.
A rainbow framed the field as both squads stomped onto the rain-soaked turf. Since the game was a scrimmage, there were no quarters, kickoffs or halftime. Coaches from both teams stood in the opposite end zones and watched intently, shouting instructions.
Each team started at the 20-yard line and could run ten plays to advance the ball before the other team got their chance. Coaches regularly rotated their players so that everyone received playing time.
The Vikings offense took the field first. The Prep defense pressured Whitman senior quarterback Elliot Kelly from the first snap and soon the Vikings found themselves headed backwards instead.
Kelly rolled to his right and took aim but his pass was almost intercepted.
The Prep offense was more successful on its first offensive attempt as senior quarterback T Ridgway repeatedly handed off to sophomore running back Jalen “Bam Bam” Hampton. Hampton’s first run tore through the Whitman defense for a 20-yard gain.
Little Hoyas senior running back Drew Black made his presence felt when his 35-yard run landed Prep in the red zone. Black then burst through the middle of the Vikings defense for a five-yard touchdown.
However, there was no extra point attempt.
The Whitman offense seemed to heat up in the next two sets as Kelly ran away from a Prep defender and completed a pass to senior receiver Owen Roegge.
Even though the Vikings advanced down the field, they couldn’t get into the red zone.
Prep running back Christian Steplight had no problem finding the end zone. The junior capped off the end of the game with a four-yard touchdown run to give the Little Hoyas the shutout win.
Georgetown Prep head coach Dan Paro said he was eager to look at the game’s film to gauge his team’s performance.
“It was nice to see that the guys didn’t make a lot of mental mistakes but we’ve got a long way to go,” he said. “The greatest thing about the first scrimmage is that we now have film, some real film. It’s a great group of kids and they’re going to work hard.”
Whitman head coach Dave Fyock said his team’s conditioning improved over the summer and that was evident in Friday’s scrimmage.
“We conditioned a lot this year and those guys that were playing and getting the amount of reps that they got, they weren’t too tired,” he said. “I think the conditioning helped. That was huge this summer.”
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