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JV Playoff Summary

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Hamilton 6th Grade QB Cam Hart eludes a GORC defender. Hamilton 6th Grade QB Cam Hart eludes a GORC defender.

Junior Varsity Playoffs June 15th @ Landon School
6101 Wilson Lane Bethesda, MD 20817

Gorc Wildcats
Hamilton Tigers
HC Stars
15 DC Warriors


JV Playoff week was very special for us. It was the first week that we combined the Junior Varsity Playoff Games with Varsity Championship Game all at one stadium. Landon School was the venue and it was truly exciting.

Game #1 GORC Wildcats 6 vs Hamilton Tigers 13
The game was a slugfest from the very beginning. These two teams played last week in the last game of the regular season with the Wildcats coming out on top and a ton of confidence. The Tigers had their minds hell bent on revenge and came out striking on defense. The caused a turnover on downs on the first possession. On the Tigers first possession, Josh Pugh had a couple of strong runs to get the Tigers inside the Wildcat 20, and then Tyrone, “Soul Train” Roper did the scoring damage from the 15 yard line on a power run right up the middle. He also converted the extra point to give the Tigers an early 7 – 0 lead.

On the next possession, QB Carlos Pearman tried to go downfield on two pass plays, but the coverage was excellent by the Tiger secondary and they were forced to punt again. The Tigers started 6th grade QB Cam Hart for the game after losing star Tyler Woodard to a concussion a couple of weeks ago. The Tigers OL did a great job creating space for Josh Pugh to get outside but he was unable to convert a first down and the Wildcats got the ball back and in the hands of the always exciting Demorie Carey, who broke a long run down the left side. It looked like he was going to score, but he stepped out of bounds at the 11 yard line. Sirus Gay tried to bang for tough yardage up the middle, but there as not much there as the Tigers held and forced another turnover on downs. The Soul Train Roper had another tough run to move the chains, then Pugh used his speed to get outside for another first down, but a big sack by Evan Oliver pushed the Tigers back inside their 15 yard line.

The Wildcats got the ball back on the turnover on downs and ran the option to Kevin Byrd, who made a great run to get the ball to the 10 yard line and put the Wildcats in scoring position. Pearman went for the TD pass on the next play in the back of the end zone. Demontay Snowden had great coverage on the play and jumped high to come down with the big interception as the first have came to a close with the score 7 – 0.

Josh Pugh opened up the 2nd half with another big run for a first down, and then Soul Train Roper got around the left side for another first down. The GORC defense stepped up when QB Hart tried to go downfield. His pass was picked off by Roger Smith to put the ball back in the Wildcats hands. Sirus Gay was bottled up on consecutive carries, along with Carey, and the Wildcats had to punt again. This Hamilton defense was the first to be able to contain the powerful Wildcat running game. After Zaywhon Johnson broke off a long reverse play, on the next play the Tigers fumbled and it was recovered by GORC. An exciting option play by Sirus Gay was called back on a penalty. Pearman went deep again a few plays later and Zaywhon Johnson struck again with an acrobatic one handed interception and return to take the steam out of the Wildcats. Every time the Wildcats seemed to get something going, the Tigers defense would step up and make a play and as the 3rdquwarter came to an end, the score was 7 – 0 Tigers in this slugfest.

Hart completed a big first down conversion to Michael Sawyer that was a pivotal play, as the Tigers began to eat up clock. Then a second effort run by Roper gave them another first down. The game clincher was when the Soul Train Roper got the pitch from about the 29 yard line to the left side, got a block and cut it back up inside. He saw the hole, accelerated through it, found himself in the secondary and in effect, the game was over after the 29 yard score. The Tigers went up 13 – 0 with 2:46 left in the 4th and little time for the Wildcats to come back. The Wildcats muffed the ensuing kickoff and it was recovered by the Tigers. Hart threw a pass to Sawyer that looked like it would float out of bounds before he showed his leaping ability and made a one handed circus catch for the highlight reel.

From the 15 yard line, the Tigers tried a swing pass to the running back, but Hart did not see Roger Smith step in front of the play for his second interception of the day. Almost 85 yards later we realized this game was not over. A successful onside kick and the Wildcats had a shot. But, it was not to be. The Tigers recovered the kick and went back to the ground game to run out the clock.

Players of the Game

Gorc Wildcats: Roger Smith
Hamilton Tigers: Tyrone “Soul Train” Roper

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Game #2 HC Stars 15 vs DC Warriors 0
The game was another slugfest of maximum proportion. The score was much closer than the score would indicate. Neither team was able to drive the ball on the other team. Both touchdowns were scored on explosive plays, a punt return and an interception. There was no scoring by either offense, which was similar to the regular season game that these two teams played against each other. That game ended in a 2 – 0 score on a safety.

The Stars began doing what they do, which is pound the “Pacman” Darius Harris. We call him the “Pacman” because he gobbles up yards. They were able to move the ball a bit on the first possession, but turned it over on downs. Once the Warriors got the ball, they were effective. Darell Oliver had a big run, and then Antwan Hart broke one off for about 30 yards as the first quarter came to a close with the score 0 – 0. As the Warriors were driving for the first score of the game, lefty Steven Williams who is one of the most accurate passers in the league dropped back and looked at the wide side of the field. He had his running back in the flat, but instead of floating the ball up in the air, he threw a line drive pass to the out route. Zarkee Wilson stepped in front of the pass at the 15 yard line and began sprinting towards the opposite end zone. He got a great block on Williams at the 50 yard line and he was gone. After the 2 point kick the score was 8 – 0 with 6:18 left in the half.

The Stars stopped the Warriors on the next possession and forced them to punt. On the punt return, Wilson struck again. He snagged the punt at the 40 yard line, shook his way to the right sideline, cut back against the grain, picked up a couple of blocks and like a rocket he was gone again! The 7th Grader from Peppermill Village was having a career day. Ethan McMeans converted the XP and the score was 15 – 0 with 4:04 left in the half.

Derell Oliver began banging it up inside for good chunks of yardage on 3 consecutive carries and the ball was at the Star 33 yard line. The Warriors were actually moving the ball better on the ground behind Oliver, who carried defenders for about 8 yards on one carry. Then the Warriors abandoned the run and went to the air on 3 straight plays, but Williams was unable to connect and they turned the ball over on downs as the 1st half came to a close.

Oliver had a great kickoff return, and then moved the chains on first down. Antwan Hart converted a 4th and short for the Warriors, who were in business at the Stars 22 yard line. A great rush and sack by Zavier Williams of the Stars pushed the Warriors back to the 32 yard line. On the very next play it was McMeans bursting through the line for another sack and 8 yard loss. On the next play it was 4th and forever and D’Andre Veney broke through to sack the Warriors QB and turned it over on downs at the Stars 48 yard line.

Pacman Harris began blasting up off left and right tackles for first down yardage, as the 3rd quarter came to a close. The Warriors Ernie Williams made a big stop in the backfield on the Stars as the Warriors defense began to get momentum. They forced a turnover on downs, and Oliver broke off a 25 yard run down the right sidelines to the 28 yard line of the Stars. He got loose again and powered his way through defenders and carrying defenders down to the 13 yard line. Just when it looked like the Warriors would go get that score, Zavier Williams struck again with another big sack and the Stars got the ball back.

The rest of the game was an embarrassment to the league and both of the programs and I am not even going to go any further with that. There is a certain level of sportsmanship that we must all have as players, coaches, referees, and administrators that can’t be sacrificed for any reason whatsoever. The game was called in the last minute to keep a bad situation from getting worse. None of us did a good job of controlling the situation.  Not me as an administrator.  Not the referees.  Not the coaches, and certainly not the players.  Aside from the unfortunate ending, it was a very tough and competitive game.

Players of the Game

Beacon House Falcons (DC Warriors): Darell Oliver
HC Stars: Zarkee Wilson

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