FORT WASHINGTON – In a matchup of undefeated teams, Potomac High School showed why it is a force to be reckoned with this year after blowing out Friendly High School 43-16 in front of a packed stadium. “Friendly and Potomac have that rivalry going back and forth,” said senior captain and defensive back David Rose. […]
FORT WASHINGTON – In a matchup of undefeated teams, Potomac High School showed why it is a force to be reckoned with this year after blowing out Friendly High School 43-16 in front of a packed stadium.
“Friendly and Potomac have that rivalry going back and forth,” said senior captain and defensive back David Rose. “They were talking trash on Twitter so we kept it quiet and we just brought it today and it was exciting.”
Early on, both teams tried to outhit the other. Potomac’s (3-0) defense came up with the first big play of the game, forcing a fumble and recovering it. Seven plays later, the Wolverines took an 8-0 lead on a 12-yard touchdown catch by Rose and a two-point conversion.
Friendly (2-1) attempted to answer back, going on an 18-play drive that went down to the one-yard line, but Potomac’s defense came through with a goal-line stand, stopping Friendly four straight times.
“Our kids showed a lot of character right there because last year they probably would have scored in that situation and we would be in a dogfight,” said Potomac head coach Ronnie Crump. “This year the kids are responding at an all-time high.”
With about five minutes to go in the second quarter, Potomac went up 14-0 on an 83-yard touchdown catch by Yusef Muhammad.
In the second half, Potomac scored on its first two possessions to extend the lead to 20-0. Friendly finally got on the board with just under three minutes left in the third quarter on a 10-yard catch by Tre’Vaughn Henry.
Potomac answered back again to start the fourth quarter, scoring on a touchdown run by senior running back Kesean Strong, who ran over and around defenders all game long. Sophomore running back Ta’yon Fleet-Davis also scored on a 43-yard run in the fourth quarter, which excited Rose.
“Every day in practice he is on the scout team offense and Calil (Wilkins) went down today so I told him you might get the ball today,” Rose said. “When he got it he made something of it. I was proud of him.”
Crump said he was proud of his team, which he said plays to prove doubters wrong despite a 3-0 start to the season.
“We are always going to have a chip on our shoulder. No matter how good we do we feel like we never get enough respect,” Crump said. “No matter how good we do, even if we go 15-0 and go to state, we still feel like we have to start over. It’s always been like that. People don’t want to put us in the puzzle, they want to keep us on the outside of the puzzle. That’s how we feel, no matter what year it is or how successful we were the year before.”