ROCKVILLE—Two bitter rivals in Montgomery County high school football came together to determine who is the best as Richard Montgomery visited Rockville on Oct. 25.
In a close affair, the Rockets (6-2) were able to make enough key plays, with the help of star senior running back T’Kai Ayoola, to escape with a 15-12 road victory over the Rams (6-2).
“I’m just glad it’s over right now,” said Ayoola. “It was ugly at first but we did what we had to do at the end. We started to pick it up. That’s all you can really ask for.”
Ayoola was Richard Montgomery’s most important player of the game as he rushed for 255 yards and two touchdowns.
“There’s always room for improvement,” said Ayoola. “We all know that. Just come back and keep pounding and keep doing my thing.”
Rockville struck first late in the first quarter when senior quarterback Dylan Monday drove his team downfield, ending the drive by connecting with sophomore wide receiver Okeyo Ayungo for a one-yard passing touchdown. However, the Rockets’ special teams unit missed the extra point,
On the ensuing possession, Ayoola ran the ball multiple times before he found the end zone from two yards out to put Richard Montgomery ahead by one point after the successful extra point attempt.
The Rams responded in the second quarter when Monday fired a slant to junior wide receiver Gio Roach for the go-ahead touchdown, but failed to score on the two-point conversion, limiting their advantage to only five points.
Both teams were held scoreless in the third quarter as their defenses kept them at bay. The Rockets forced two turnovers, including an interception and a fumble recovery, while Rockville collected an interception.
Early in the fourth quarter, Ayoola rammed through for a 5-yard touchdown to make a three-point game after a successful two-point conversion.
The Rams attempted to come back late, but Monday was sacked twice, including on a fourth-down play, sealing the win for Richard Montgomery.
The Rockets will visit Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School to face the Barons on Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m., while Rockville will look to get back on track when they visit Blake High School to play the Bengals on the same night.