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By Harry Lichtman
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ROCKVILLE — The 2018 varsity football season in Montgomery County has highlighted some dominant teams like Damascus and Quince Orchard. However, one game Friday night featured two teams desperately in need of a win: the Springbrook Blue Devils (1-5) and Wootton Patriots (2-4). The Patriots came away with the blowout victory 45-7 on homecoming weekend.
On Wootton’s opening drive, the offense picked up a first down on their first three plays. Their fourth play resulted in a score, where senior running back Matt Amobi cut to the outside towards the right sideline and into the end zone on a 34-yard touchdown run. The failed extra-point attempt kept the score 6-0.
The Patriots found the end zone on their next drive in the first quarter when senior wide receiver Noelly Miller took the handoff, broke three tackles, and scored from 16 yards out. The two-point conversion was unsuccessful as the home team led 12-0.
On the first play of the second quarter, Springbrook junior quarterback Elijah Lindsey hooked up with senior receiver Arthur Lloyd who raced down the field to the Patriots’ seven-yard-line on a 61-yard catch-and-run. Three plays later, junior tailback Zay Lindsey took the pitch and scored on a five-yard touchdown run to make the score 12-7.
However, everything seemed to go Wootton’s way for the rest of the game. In the middle of the quarter, Miller found the end zone for the second time; this time from eight yards out, with the two-point conversion extending the lead to 20-7.
“He came back and looked real strong tonight,” Wootton head coach Eddie Tolliver Sr. said on Miller. “He’s looking back to tip-top shape where he was last year.”
Miller continued to dominate when he scored on another eight-yard touchdown run on a jet sweep to extend the lead to increase the Patriots’ lead to 28-7 at halftime. Miller felt proud to score three touchdowns on homecoming weekend.
“That’s the best part about it,” said Miller. “Love to play in front of the crowd and everything.”
When it came to field goals, Wootton was even more successful. Springbrook senior Carlos Almieda tried to attempt a 45-yard field goal, but the holder couldn’t even handle the snap. Meanwhile, sophomore Matthew Koplan nailed a 32-yarder to push the Patriots’ lead to 31-7.
Another Wootton receiver who had a great game was Aaron Strauss, as the senior finally found the end zone late in the third quarter when he caught a pass from sophomore quarterback Kyler Hamlin and broke a few tackles on a 34-yard catch-and-run touchdown to make it 38-7.
The last Patriots score came from Amobi, who scored his second touchdown when he ran up the middle and reached the end zone from 11 yards out.
Wootton’s defense also looked stellar as they forced the Blue Devils to punt multiple times, sacked the quarterback, and made some great tackles, courtesy of players like senior Nick Baldwin and junior Bryan Lee.
“I think we did a decent job today,” said Springbrook head coach Dustin Jeter. “We gave Wootton the game today, and they haven’t really shown much other than what we’ve given them.”
Wootton’s next game will be on the road against the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons at Walter Johnson High School on Friday Oct. 12 at 7:00 p.m., while the Blue Devils will continue to search for their second win when they host the Blair Blazers at 6:30 pm on the same day.