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2012 Opening Day Summary

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Written By: GYFL Analyst Leo Minus
Story Contributor: Mike Anderson

 

Season Opening Day Reveals Five High Octane Offenses.

What a glorious day it was for the GYFL!

It was an absolutely beautiful 80 degree day on the campus of Bowie State University for the site of our Kickoff Weekend.  We could not have asked for a better atmosphere to begin out 3rd Season of GYFL play.

The kids were chomping at the bit to real football. They had been practicing for over a month and were ready to hit somebody other than themselves. The jamboree was awesome on April 29th and gave us a glimpse of what was to come. The scrimmage between Montgomery County and Howard County gave us an inclination that they would both be strong. But May 12 was meant to be judgment day and that it was!

High School coaches were plentiful. We saw coaches from the Landon School on hand. The Suitland HS staff was in full effect. Good Counsel was there. Bishop O’Connell was there all day with a mob of coaches. St. Mary’s of Annapolis was on hand as usual. We heard that Hylton was coming but are not sure if they made it. We saw Archbishop Carroll, Palotti, Bishop McNamara, McDonough, and Northwestern. Gilman came down strong from Baltimore. Archbishop Spalding was deep and so was Friendship Collegiate. Wilson HS was on hand and I am sure there were others that we may have missed or didn’t check in with us. We even had the newly appointed Strength and Conditioning Coach from Penn State University on hand!

The following summaries of the games are just teasers as we have not tabulated all of the stats yet. We will provide detailed game summaries throughout the week, but for now, we wanted to give those of you who could not make it, a taste of what you missed.

This was not a day for the timid or weak of heart.  Five teams came out and played with deliberate intensity and purpose.  Howard County showed off an impressive running game anchored by an under sized aggressive offensive line and a stingy defense.  Montgomery County performed like a well tuned boxer with a solid defense and a steady running game that acted as there own one two punch.  Baltimorer Metro opened up with a well balanced offense, running and passing the ball at will.  Charles County is one of the heavyweights of the GYFL.  They aer led by a huge line, playing ironman football, an explosive power back and silky smooth tailback.  The DC Warriors, the defending GYFL Champs, are full on air assault with extremely talented recievers that make big plays in a hurry.

For the first time in GYFL history, all 5 games were lopsided blowouts.  That is not to say that they were no exciting.  They were because of all of the scoring by the winning teams, but they are not the competitive games that we have gotten accustomed to.  The good news is that it appears that we may have 5 super elite teams and 5 teams that are not quite at that level.  That does not mean that those teams won't be good or competitive.  But, after week one, we have begun to create a pecking order.  When they good teams play each other, we will have competitive games and when the elite teams play each other, we will have competitive games as well.

The following summaries of the games are just teasers as we have not tabulated all of the stats yet. We will provide detailed game summaries throughout the week, but for now, we wanted to give those of you who could not make it, a taste of what you missed.

Howard County Stars 40 vs. Loudoun County Eagles 0

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It was an exciting day because of the pageantry and the fact that it was opening day. There was a spirit of enthusiasm in the air and anticipation as the first few cars began to show up at around 7:30am for game #1 between the upstart Howard County (HC) Stars who are new to the league, and one of our flagship franchises, the Loudoun County Eagles.

As a matter of fact, when we pulled up at 7:15am, there were a couple of parents already there waiting for the gates to be open. Loudoun County began pulling up in a deep convoy with their spanking brand new black uniforms with Loudoun on the back name plate. As warm up time began, there appeared to be about 65 kids in the black uniforms and they looked very impressive as they had rows and rows of warm up lines.

Conversely, the Stars were shorthanded by 10 players for the opener due to a variety of reason. Two of their studs were out. Eric Burrell (Gorc/McDonough), who we have written extensively about, is arguably the Stars best player had to take a test at McDonough at the same time of the game so he had to miss it. Deandre House (Columbia Ravens/Hammond), another great player is still recovering from and ankle injury. Two of their biggest and best linemen were not there as well. The Stars did something unique for their franchise. They had about 50 kids altogether try out for the team and they decided to create a Varsity and a JV Team with 27 players on each team. Being down 10 players meant that Stars showed up to the party with only 17 players!

To be honest, watching warm-ups looked like a scene from 300 and the Battle of Thermopylae. The Stars looked like the Spartans and the Eagles looked like the Mighty Persian Army with Coach Rusty Markland playing the role of King Xerxes and Coach T. White (Asst. @ Palotti HS) playing the role of King Leonidas!

Well, we all know that no matter how many players you have in uniform, only 11 can play at a time and team with the best and most prepared 11 players will probably win. In this case, the Stars drew the Eagles into the “Hot Gates” and put an old fashioned whipping on them.

The score of this game was shockers for all of us that have watched the Eagles franchise develop over the first two year. The Stars are new and most of us just expected it to be a tough hard fought game, and we would not have been surprised if Loudoun County came out victorious. We are certain that Coach Rusty and the crew will get a hold of the film and make adjustments for next week. In addition, they will have the benefit of studying film of their opponent DC for next week. On this day, Howard County got the upper hand.

The Stars defense was stifling all game long as the Eagles just could not move the ball on offense. Damani Neal had a rough outing at QB with constant pressure on him. Charlie Clewis got what he could on the ground but there was not much running room. Ben Cross made a few nice catches on the day, but there just were not many opportunities for the Eagles. Football Games are won in the trenches the offensive line of Loudoun, while formidable in size and strength with studs like Noel Hijazi and 7th grader Daniel Renaud up front, they were unable to deal with the quickness of the Stars defense, which blitz and shot gaps all day long.

Michael Coolie (W. Laurel Stallions/Meade), Craig Williams (Columbia Ravens/Bullis) and Nathaniel Randolph (Severn/Undecided) opened the holes for the offense and closed holes on the defensive side as they controlled the trenches. With only 17 players in uniform, the Stars had most of their players going both ways. Kids like Sonny Scorba (Ellicott City Patriots/Palotti), Justin Mulbah (Laurel Wildcats/Undecided) and Lemond Bynoe (Columbia Ravens/Undecided), were impressive on defense. They also made plays on offense as well. QB Armani Ceballos (Laurel Hurricanes/Undecided) showed promise with his arm and his legs. He went 5 of 13 for 81 yards through the air and had 2 rushing TD’s. He completed passes to WR’s R.J. Rountree (Silver Spring Saints/Palotti) and Trey Simpson (Columbia Ravens/Undecided). Rountree had great coverage in the secondary all day, while Simpson confirmed our shut down corner prediction by locking down receivers all day long and getting 2 interceptions. Somebody needs to check this kid out. Eddie King (Laurel Wildcats/Palotti).

Aaron Hansford (St. Johns) played well for the Stars, but the two kids who stood out the most were two running backs that we profiled in the scrimmage write up. Abdul Adams (Laurel Hurricanes/Undecided) backed up our high praise after the combines and scrimmage with a scintillating rushing performance. He rushed 13 times for 153 yards and 1TD. He made a number of exciting runs where he had a chance to show off his speed and quickness. High School coaches were beaming about him and asking to meet the parents. We suggest that somebody jump on this kid before you have to play against him one day.

The player we were most intrigued with is the same kid we profiled in the scrimmage write up, Adrian Platt (Elkridge Hurricanes/Undecided). We referred to him as Adrian Feliz initially, but his mom came to the press box and informed us of the correction. People, you want to know this kids name. He is flat out special. He was explosive at the point of attack as a running back. Showed great vision, quickness, balance, power and flat out speed as he decimated the Loudoun defense. He rushed 11 times for 158 yards and scored three touchdowns. Adrian’s mom said they are looking at Landon, St. Johns, Palotti, and a couple of other schools had previously been in contact. This would be a great coup of Landon can pull this one off. Coach Flaherty and those guys have been doing a great job of recruiting this year and Platt would be absolutely dominant in the IAC. We believe he would have success in the WCAC at St. Johns as well, which is always strong. He would make a nice addition to Palotti in the MIAA as well.

Howard County Stars Statistics:

Howard County Stars Offense

Passing Comp Att Yards TD Int Sacks Fum
#27 Armani Ceballos               
               
Total Passing              

 

Rushing Att Yards Avg. TD Fum
           
           
           
           
           
           
Total Rushing          

 

Receiving Rec Yards Avg. TD Fum
           
           
           
           
           
           
Total Receiving          

 

Offense Yards
Total Rushing  
Total Receiving  
Total Offense  


Howard County Stars Defense

Name Tackles Sacks Int F Fum R Fum
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
Total Defense          

 

Punt Returns Ret Yards Avg. TD Fum
           
           
Total Punt Returns          

 

KO Returns Ret Yards Avg. TD Fum
           
           
Total KO Returns          


Loudoun County Eagles Statistics:

Loudoun County Eagles Offense

Passing Comp Att Yards TD Int Sacks Fum
               
               
Total Passing              

 

Rushing Att Yards Avg. TD Fum
           
           
           
           
           
           
Total Rushing          

 

Receiving Rec Yards Avg. TD Fum
           
           
           
           
           
           
Total Receiving          

 

Offense Yards
Total Rushing  
Total Receiving  
Total Offense  


Loudoun County Eagles Defense

Name Tackles Sacks Int F Fum R Fum
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
Total Defense          

 

Punt Returns Ret Yards Avg. TD Fum
           
           
Total Punt Returns          

 

KO Returns Ret Yards Avg. TD Fum
           
           
Total KO Returns          

 

Montgomery County Bearcats 33 vs. Fairfax County Colts 0

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We would not call this game a shocker, as the Bearcats made it all the way to the Championship Game last year, but each year brings a new team although there are elite 7th graders are on every team this year who will repeat as 8th graders, the majority of all the teams are made up with new players every year. There was no way to know if the Bearcats would be deep and strong this year, but they are!

Fairfax County followed up a successful 4 - 2 campaign in year 1 with a disappointing season last year.  But, they came back this year with a very deep and well coached team.  Coach Ricky Hairston (Ft. Hunt) took over the helm this year and is one of the most organized and committed coaches in the league.  His staff is excellent and they have players.  Don't let this score give you the wrong impression about the Colts, they are going to be good this year.  They just ran into a buzz saw in an extremely well coached and deep Montgomery County team.  Coach Stefanelli (Good Counsel), Coach Gorgone (Good Counsel), Coach Maderas (Good Counsel), Coach Woody (Montgomery Village), and the rest of the staff are just great at what they do and the talent is there.

The Bearcats took the opening kick-off and marched down the field on a time consuming 68 yard drive which was capped by a short touchdown run by Daqwan Hill (Montgomery Village/Good Counsel).  Hill is a special talent who starred as a 7th grader and started his 8th grade campaign off with a bang.  The Colts were stopped on their next possession and were forced to punt.  Jeron Woodyard (Montgomery Village/Watkins Mill) made a scintillating punt return for the score but it was called back by a penalty.

The Bearcats drove deep into the Colts territory but couldn't score.  The Colts seemed to gain some momentum from their defensive stand and took posession.  A few plays later, Malcom Littlejohn (Montgomery Village/Paint Branch) intercepted a pass and returned it 30 yards for another score.  On their final drive before halftime the Bearcasts put together another long drive behind their offensive line and nifty running of Marvin Beander (Maplewood/7th Grader) who capped the drive with an 8 yard TD run.  The Bearcats led the Colts 18 - 0 at halftime.

The Colts played tough in the second half and stopped the Bearcats initial drive with an interception but the swarming Bearcat defense played tough all day and kept them out of the end zone.  The Bearcats continued to rely on their strong run game with two more long touchdown runs.  Daqwan Hill scored on a 57 yard run and Jonathan Lee (White Oak/Good Counsel) capped the scoring with a 37 yard touchdown run.  The Bearcats finished the game with 287 yards rushing and a 33 - 0 victory.

The Bearcats had a number of impressive players.  Two time GYFL All Star Travon Stott (Montgomery Village/Good Counsel) excelled on both sides of the ball.  The QB duties were split by 6th grader (Maplewood) Kendall "Doc" Bonner and Shawn Bliss (Olney/Sherwood).  Both did a good job running the offense and making good decisions.  Carlton Taylor (Montgomery County Cowboys) did a great job on the corner.  David Sangwa (Silver Spring Saints/Kennedy) turned in another impressive performance on defens and backed up our predictions during the scrimmage.

The offensive line was dominant.  Led by a couple of massive Rockville Lion bookends Michael Drolet and Kyle Loughner (Both Good Counsel), the Bearcats controlled the line of scrimmage.  Charlie Siarkas (Rockville Rams/Sherwood) and Brandon Ngati (S. Germantown/Magruder) were also stalwarts.  Cody Peterson (Montgomery County Cowboys/Undecided) did an outstanding job opening up holes for the backs.  Jonathan Wanat (Silver Spring Saints/Good Counsel) is legit at FB and Darius Golston (Montgomery Village/7th Grader) was impressive on special teams.  As was Man Child II Jalan Lea (Montgomery Village/7th Grader).  Lea is a true force from his 3 technique NT position.  He was difficult for the Colts to contain.

On the Fairfax County side, they did not have a lot to cheer about on the day.  However, they had some kids who showed their talent.  Bill Abusei (Bucknell/Hayfield) ran hard all day and played well from his safety spot.  Mohamed Kamara (Ft. Hunt/Mt. Vernon) ran good routes and got open a few times agains the tough Bearcat defense.  Kamara made plays on the day.  Colt QB Brad Schaefer (Ft. Hunt/Undecided) went 9 for 17 for 93 yards and two interceptions.  He was under duress throughout the game but performed with guts and toughness.

Offensively, the Colts moved the ball until they got into Bearcat territory.  The Colts couldn't get their running game going.  They finished the game with -6 yards rushing, which won't get it done in the GYFL.  The Colts had a couple of costly penalties that negated two long passes.  The defense played pretty well at times.  Most of the Bearcats points came off of turnovers.  The standout players on defense were NT Austin Bostic (Bucknell/West Potomac), who held down the middle and made number of tackles.  LB's Hunter Wilkens (Ft. Belvoir Bulldogs/Undecided) and Max Nail (Ft. Hunt/West Potomac) led the team in tackles and flowed well to the ball.  DE Ozzie Opuku (Gum Springs/Undecided) made some big stops in the backfield of the Bearcats. 

Max Gallahan (Springfield/St. Stephens0 made a great catch and run.  All the hard work at the GYFL Conditioning clinics has paid off for Max.  Jay McCargo (Bishop O'Connell) did a good job on the offensive line.  Jordan Napper (Woodland Tigers/Undecided) played a terrific game from his LB position and is another workout warrior who benefitted from the Conditioning Clinics.  Napper is being pursued by a number of high schools and is still undecided at this point, with St. Stephens being one of the front runners.  The Colts will be a team to watch during the season.  Once they get the turnovers under control they will be very competitive.  Coach Hairston and the staff will have those guys ready for next week. 

Montgomery County Bearcats Statistics:

Montgomery County Bearcats Offense

Passing Comp Att Yards TD Int Sacks Fum
               
               
Total Passing              

 

Rushing Att Yards Avg. TD Fum
           
           
           
           
           
           
Total Rushing          

 

Receiving Rec Yards Avg. TD Fum
           
           
           
           
           
           
Total Receiving          

 

Offense Yards
Total Rushing  
Total Receiving  
Total Offense  


Montgomery County Bearcats Defense

Name Tackles Sacks Int F Fum R Fum
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
Total Defense          

 

Punt Returns Ret Yards Avg. TD Fum
           
           
Total Punt Returns          

 

KO Returns Ret Yards Avg. TD Fum
           
           
Total KO Returns          


Fairfax County Colts Statistics:

Fairfax County Colts Offense

Passing Comp Att Yards TD Int Sacks Fum
               
               
Total Passing              

 

Rushing Att Yards Avg. TD Fum
           
           
           
           
           
           
Total Rushing          

 

Receiving Rec Yards Avg. TD Fum
           
           
           
           
           
           
Total Receiving          

 

Offense Yards
Total Rushing  
Total Receiving  
Total Offense  


Fairfax County Colts Defense

Name Tackles Sacks Int F Fum R Fum
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
Total Defense          

 

Punt Returns Ret Yards Avg. TD Fum
           
           
Total Punt Returns          

 

KO Returns Ret Yards Avg. TD Fum
           
           
Total KO Returns          


Baltimore Metro Stallions 33 vs. Southern MD Wildcats 6

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This was a game that was not necessarily a surprise to see the score. The Baltimore Metro Stallions have had great teams in both years of the GYFL. They have great athletes, but the coaching staff has done an excellent job with those kids the first two years in preparation. Coach Ty Johnson (Commissioner NW Bulldogs) is the reigning GYFL Coach of the Year. His staff is small, but excellent. They won the inaugural GYFL Championship and were one game away from the Championship game last year. They are always tough, always good, and always play extremely hard. They have great talent again this year.

They have an elite 7th Grade QB Kasim Hill (Red Lion Middle) who can make every throw and was accurate and deadly throughout the game. He may arguably be the best QB in the league this year and he has a number of weapons to throw to. Morgan Scroggins (East Side) had an impressive long TD catch and run. He is also a top DB who rarely gets beat. We can't come up with enough superlatives to describe Scroggins, but please understand he is the real deal.  Great size, great speed, great quickness, with a nose for the ball, and a mean streak.

Demel Delgado (Northwest Bulldogs) is another stud receiver that got loose in the Wildcat secondary and wrecked havoc. Steven Smothers “AKA Optimus Prime”, is out of town and won’t be able to suit up until game 3. Two-Time East Bay All American Tino Ellis will be playing in a number of games for the Stallions so to say they are fully loaded is an understatement.

Azaria Bratton-Bey was impressive from his RB position, as was two-time GYFL All Star Rostin Bromell (Northwest Bulldogs) who started the game off with a long TD run up the middle of the field. Bey had a run where he spinned 3 different times on the same carry and turned it into a long TD run.  The Hollis twins Troy and Travon (Bluford/Calvert Hall) played great on both sides of the ball as RB’s and LB’s. The offensive line led by Javon Childs (Hamilton) and Jonathan Tynes (Northwest) did a good job protecting Hill and opening up holes for the backs.

For Southern MD, there was not a lot to cheer about, but there was a lot to be excited about. Although the score of the game may have been similar to some of the scores from last year, the team is drastically different and significantly better. Southern MD struggled with numbers in the first two years, but this year the coaches and parents did a great job of recruiting. They practice about 30 kids on a regular basis and they have tremendous size on their front line this year. Kudos to Coach Lee Davis (Solomans Steelers coach), GM Gary Wynn (Commissioner of Solomon Steelers) and the whole staff, along with parents for putting a team together will be competitive this year for sure.

The HS coaches were amazed at the size of the kids and some thought Southern MD was actually Charles County because they had heard about the mammoth sized linemen that Charles County had. I must admit that I was shocked to see the size of players like Randy Burke (Prince Frederick Eagles/Calvert HS), Joseph Meador (Owings Outlaws/Huntingtown HS), and Tyler Stamps (Solomons Steelers/Patuxent HS). The coaches from St. Mary’s of Annapolis and Spalding were impressed, as was Doc Walker the GYFL Commissioner.

The Wildcats looked great in their green uniforms and black helmets with their logos and we were all excited for them. We always look deeper than the score. We were looking for players and the Wildcats have some. The QB Jessiah Rojas (Owings Outlaws/St. Mary’s Ryken) is a ball player. He was under pressure and duress all game long from the relentless Baltimore defense but Rojas just kept attacking. We don’t have the final stats yet so we can’t say what his numbers were, but he impressed us with his heart and toughness. He took a beating out there and kept coming back. We think he is going to be very good as the season progresses.

Brandon Beavers (Mechanicsville Braves/Choptican HS) followed up his strong combine performances with an impressive showing. Micheal Morrone (Solomans Steelers/Huntingtown) played hard and strong. We liked the way DeMartez Thomas (Pax River Raiders/St. Mary’s Ryken) ran hard and showed quickness. He didn’t have a lot of running room but he made the most out of what he had. Brendan Schafer is a talented kid who made the most of his opportunities as well.

They have a big RB in Jhordan Greene (Prince Frederick Eagles/Calvert HS) that showed some promise prior to being injured and having to leave the game, as did Deandra Bush (Prince Frederick Eagles/Calvert HS).

To wrap up this game we must respond to some comments and complaints from Southern MD parents who made the claim that there was a large amount of dirty play and bad sportsmanship being exhibited by the Stallions.

At the GYFL, we don’t encourage, or condone anything less than the highest level of sportsmanship. We will do whatever is necessary to ensure that we don’t have dirty play in this league. It will not be tolerated if it is in fact occurring or did occur. The claims will be addressed and the film will be reviewed in great detail to determine if in fact the perception is reality and the feelings are based in fact.

With that being said, we will reserve judgment until we have had the opportunity to review the film and we will presume innocence until guilt is proven. That is the American way. I am willing to stake my reputation on the belief that no dirty tactics are being taught by coaches and if we ever find out that they are, those coaches will be removed from the league immediately. Is it possible that individual players choose to play outside of the rules and play dirty? That is certainly a possibility. If the film indicates that is the case, players will be reprimanded and suspended.

However, we have contracted with and pay substantial fees for high quality referees who are charged with monitoring the games and penalizing players for tactics such as that. Is it possible that rules could be broken and referees miss the infraction and don’t make the calls? That is certainly a possibility. Fortunately for us, that is something else that the film will provide. One thing about film is that it does not lie. It will either confirm that the accusations are true, or it will bear them to be false. Either way, the situation will be addressed and responded to.

With that being said, we will reserve judgment for now and we will review the film in great detail along with the referees to get to the bottom of this. In the meantime my hope is that the Southern MD kids will re-group and prepare for Prince George’s County in week 2. Both teams have talent this year and it should be a great and competitive game at Spalding.

Baltimore Metro Stallions Statistics:

Baltimore Metro Stallions Offense

Passing Comp Att Yards TD Int Sacks Fum
               
               
Total Passing              

 

Rushing Att Yards Avg. TD Fum
           
           
           
           
           
           
Total Rushing          

 

Receiving Rec Yards Avg. TD Fum
           
           
           
           
           
           
Total Receiving          

 

Offense Yards
Total Rushing  
Total Receiving  
Total Offense  


Baltimore Metro Stallions Defense

Name Tackles Sacks Int F Fum R Fum
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
Total Defense          

 

Punt Returns Ret Yards Avg. TD Fum
           
           
Total Punt Returns          

 

KO Returns Ret Yards Avg. TD Fum
           
           
Total KO Returns          

 

Southern MD Wildcats Statistics:

Southern MD Wildcats Offense

Passing Comp Att Yards TD Int Sacks Fum
               
               
Total Passing              

 

Rushing Att Yards Avg. TD Fum
           
           
           
           
           
           
Total Rushing          

 

Receiving Rec Yards Avg. TD Fum
           
           
           
           
           
           
Total Receiving          

 

Offense Yards
Total Rushing  
Total Receiving  
Total Offense  


Southern MD Wildcats Defense

Name Tackles Sacks Int F Fum R Fum
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
Total Defense          

 

Punt Returns Ret Yards Avg. TD Fum
           
           
Total Punt Returns          

 

KO Returns Ret Yards Avg. TD Fum
           
           
Total KO Returns          

 

Charles County Heat 42 vs. Prince William County Lions 0

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Plainly stated, the Charles County Heat are loaded. There is no other way to put it. Coach Terrance Byrd (Commissioner Westlake Bulldogs) and his staff have just done a fabulous job of constructing this team. They are strong at every position and they execute their game plan to perfection. They are going to be a tough out for any team in the league this year.

They have two good QB’s in Scott Cascino (Pax River Raiders/Undecided) and Aaron Parker (Westlake Bulldogs). They have that humongous OL led by FBU All Star Terrance “Squeal” Davis (Westlake Bulldogs/DeMatha) and Eastbay All American Matthew Hunt (Marlboro Mustangs/St. Johns). Both were invited to the prestigious VTO Rivals Camp in Richmond in April, which is for high school kids only. As 8th graders they both held their own and Davis was actually selected as one of the top underclassmen at the event.

The two of them were dominant on this day opening big holes for the backs to run through and protecting both quarterbacks. FBU All Star Tim Ursery controlled the game from his center position. Warren Clements was another cog in that powerful line that dominated the trenches for the Heat. We were also very excited about the offensive line play of Jamie Higginbotham as well. He is a player.

The Heat have a big time target to throw to in Jayson Johnson (Westlake). They have a trio of running backs that gave the Prince William County Lions fits on Saturday. Devin Montgomery (Pax River Raiders/St. Mary’s Ryken) has the whole package. Good size for an 8th grade back with tremendous vision, quickness, and toughness. Montgomery has very good speed and acceleration. They have Damian Jones who is just an absolute monster with the ball in his hands. He is big, fast, strong and tough to bring down. He had a couple of impressive long TD runs on the day. Joshua Chase took advantage of his chances to touch the ball and showed great speed and elusiveness on his TD run around the right corner.

Charles County was just loaded at every position and very impressive. They even have a kicker in Gene Blair that put one through the uprights.

The Prince William County Lions are going to be a lot better than the score against Charles County would indicate. GM and Head Coach Eric Levenberry is no stranger to this game and he, along with Asst. GM and Offensive Coordinator Stan Riley will make the needed adjustments to get them on the right track.

They had some athletes that showed great promise though. C.J. Childs (Forest Park HS), ran the ball hard and moved the chains for the Lions. Kameron Kyles (Woodbridge) showed some outstanding athletic ability as a WR. He and Eric Kumah (Hylton) did a good job of getting open, but the pressure on QB Brandon Pitt (Woodbridge) made it difficult to complete many passes. Pitt throws a nice spiral and when he gets more time we believe he will be effective. The initial starter Donovan Williams did not play as he was recruited by Carroll HS after the combines and it looks as though he will be on varsity and he needs to focus more on developing his QB skills to prepare for a varsity season.

RB D.J. White (Hylton) is cat quick and was shaking and baking all over the field yesterday. Given a crease he looks to have the speed to be able to take it to the house. Brandon Hilton (Osbourne Park) showed his vision and fearlessness running back punts and kicks for the Lions.

Charles County Heat Statistics:

Charles County Heat Offense

Passing Comp Att Yards TD Int Sacks Fum
#14 Scott Cascino              
#10 Aaron Parker              
Total Passing              

 

Rushing Att Yards Avg. TD Fum
#3 Damien Jones          
#23 Devin Montgomery          
           
           
           
           
Total Rushing          

 

Receiving Rec Yards Avg. TD Fum
#13 Shaquon Dyson          
           
           
           
           
           
Total Receiving          

 

Offense Yards
Total Rushing  
Total Receiving  
Total Offense  


Charles County Heat Defense

Name Tackles Sacks Int F Fum R Fum
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
Total Defense          

 

Punt Returns Ret Yards Avg. TD Fum
           
           
Total Punt Returns          

 

KO Returns Ret Yards Avg. TD Fum
           
           
Total KO Returns          

 

Prince William County Lions Statistics:

Prince William County Lions Offense

Passing Comp Att Yards TD Int Sacks Fum
               
               
Total Passing              

 

Rushing Att Yards Avg. TD Fum
           
           
           
           
           
           
Total Rushing          

 

Receiving Rec Yards Avg. TD Fum
           
           
           
           
           
           
Total Receiving          

 

Offense Yards
Total Rushing  
Total Receiving  
Total Offense  


Prince William County Lions Defense

Name Tackles Sacks Int F Fum R Fum
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
Total Defense          

 

Punt Returns Ret Yards Avg. TD Fum
           
           
Total Punt Returns          

 

KO Returns Ret Yards Avg. TD Fum
           
           
Total KO Returns          

 

District of Columbia Warriors 38 vs. Prince Georges County Swarm 0

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The DC Warriors are back and they appear to be better than ever. They took it to the Swarm during this game, got them on their heels early and never let up. Coach Maurice “Bink” Vaughn (Off Coordinator Wilson HS) seems to just breed effective QB’s every year. This year it is DeWayne Shorter (Watkins) who was throwing strikes all from every angle possible. He opened up the game with a bomb on the first play of the game to FBU All Star Navon Prince (Beacon House/Wilson). Prince is poised to have a spectacular season and outran the whole PG defense to score. Another FBU All Star Delante Hellams Jr. (Watkins) put on a career performance with 2 long TD passes that electrified the crowd.

The offensive line has size for the first time in three years anchored by FBU All Star Richard Merritt (Undecided) and two time GYFL All Star Mike Williams (Maryland Bison/Undecided). The LT is huge 7th grader Lawtez Rogers and they opened holes and protected the QB all game.

Carleton Rainey (Undecided) was very effective from his TB position. Rainey ran the blazing times at the combines and showed off his talents and skills at the jamboree and in this game.

Two Time GYFL All Star and FBU All Star Lorenzo “Lo Lo” Harrison (Westlake/DeMatha) is arguably the top running back in the class of 2016. He dominated as a 7th grader last year, killed the Capitol Beltway League with Westlake last fall and capped that off with a tremendous FBU National Championship run. He solidified his lofty rankings with a run of successful camps and showcases during the spring. He was named one of the top underclassmen at the prestigious VTO Rivals camp in Richmond and won the Running Back award at the National Underclassmen Combine. Lo Lo had the crowd on its feet on his long Punt Return for a TD against the PG Swarm.

The Warriors Defense led by Coach Will (Beacon House) and Coach Carlos (Beacon House) had the defense clicking on all cylinders led by a couple of two-time GYFL All Stars Darrin Pullen (Undecided) and Donnell Lowery (Undecided) who were dominant at the point of attack.

The PG Swarm did not have a lot to cheer about in the game, but we are confident that coach Lamont Jordan and Defensive Coordinator Furqaan Mosely (Friendship Collegiate) will get them on track. They have talent for sure, but they ran into a locomotive today and couldn’t adjust quickly enough. FBU All Stars James Chasse (Southern/DeMatha) and Malik Lewis (South Bowie/Undecided) played well on defense for the Swarm. Joshua Bonner (Acokeek/McNamara) has a lot of potential and size and we expect great things from his as he develops. He did a good job on Saturday and held his own.

Teyon Davis was excellent on the corner with a couple of interceptions. He looks to be the shutdown corner for the Swarm this year. He is very athletic with great instincts. FBU All Star Taheeb Sonekan (South Bowie/Undecided) was the key OL for the Swarm and Massive OL Savion Williams (Spirit of Faith Warriors/Undecided). Miles Temoney (PG Chargers/7th Grade) did an admirable job at QB under tremendous pressure from the Warriors. He is only a 7th grader and will continue to develop, but he has poise and appears to be fearless.

FBU All Star Terrell Dance (Southern MD Eagles/O’Connell) showed his athleticism on a number of plays, but we were really impressed with Keyshawn Ebron on the corner as a DB. Ebron is an elite QB that got out to the team late and is trying to work his way into the QB rotation. In the meantime he showed his versatility by playing DB and only one pass was thrown his way all day against the pass happy offense that is always looking for a weakness.

FBU All Star James Green also got to practice late and while he is working his way into the running back rotation, he filled in admirably on defense for the Swarm. The play that stood out the most for us was the play of a 6th grader named Raymond Boone (PG Chargers). Temoney threw an interception at about the 30 yard line and the Warrior DB was taking it all the way back to the house. He had about a 10 yard head start on Boone, but Raymond would not concede and he would not quit.

He chased the Warrior DB all the way to the end zone and was gaining on him the whole time. We were so impressed to see a kid want it that much that he would put that kind of effort forth in a blowout loss. We expect great things from Raymond Boone over the next 3 years.

District of Columbia Warriors Statistics

District of Columbia Warriors Offense

Passing Comp Att Yards TD Int Sacks Fum
               
               
Total Passing              

 

Rushing Att Yards Avg. TD Fum
           
           
           
           
           
           
Total Rushing          

 

Receiving Rec Yards Avg. TD Fum
           
           
           
           
           
           
Total Receiving          

 

Offense Yards
Total Rushing  
Total Receiving  
Total Offense  


District of Columbia Warriors Defense

Name Tackles Sacks Int F Fum R Fum
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
Total Defense          

 

Punt Returns Ret Yards Avg. TD Fum
           
           
Total Punt Returns          

 

KO Returns Ret Yards Avg. TD Fum
           
           
Total KO Returns          

 

Prince George's County Swarm Statistics:

Prince George's County Swarm Offense

Passing Comp Att Yards TD Int Sacks Fum
               
               
Total Passing              

 

Rushing Att Yards Avg. TD Fum
           
           
           
           
           
           
Total Rushing          

 

Receiving Rec Yards Avg. TD Fum
           
           
           
           
           
           
Total Receiving          

 

Offense Yards
Total Rushing  
Total Receiving  
Total Offense  


Prince George's County Swarm Defense

Name Tackles Sacks Int F Fum R Fum
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
Total Defense          

 

Punt Returns Ret Yards Avg. TD Fum
           
           
Total Punt Returns          

 

KO Returns Ret Yards Avg. TD Fum
           
           
Total KO Returns          

Passing

Comp

Att

Yards

TD

Int

Sacks

Fum

Anthony Dougherty

 5

 7

 16

0

0

 0

0

Total Passing

 5

 7

 16

0

0

 0

0

Rushing

Att

Yards

Avg.

TD

Fum

Junior Assemian

18

160

8.8

2

0

Travon Stott

 6

83

13.8

1

0

Daquan Hill

 4

56

14.0

2

0

Myles Robinson

 6

28

4.6

0

0

Travon Diggs

 1

5

5.0

0

0

Zack Ralli

 2

7

3.5

0

0

Anthony Dougherty

3

-10

-3.3

0

0

Total Rushing:

40

329

8.2

5

0

 

Receiving

Rec

Yards

Avg.

TD

Fum

Travon Diggs

3

17

5.6

0

 0

Zack Ralli

1

2

2.0

0

0

Shane Simmons

1

-3

-3.0

0

0

Total Receiving:

5

16

3.2

0

0

 

Offense

Yards

Total Rushing

329

Total Receiving

16

Total Offense:

 345

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