FORESTVILLE – Potomac High School defensive back David Rose knew he was going to be tested on Saturday against Forestville Military Academy. The opposition paid the price, however, as Rose came through time after time as helped lead his team to a hard-fought 19-18 win in the last game of the regular season. “They were […]
FORESTVILLE – Potomac High School defensive back David Rose knew he was going to be tested on Saturday against Forestville Military Academy. The opposition paid the price, however, as Rose came through time after time as helped lead his team to a hard-fought 19-18 win in the last game of the regular season.
“They were doing a lot of talking on Twitter so I knew they were going to come my way with the ball. They did, and I don’t know why they did,” Rose said. “(Forestville receiver Tim Womack) and I are friends, been to a lot of camps together, so we were texting before the game about the trash talk. They played a good game but we played great.”
Unlike most games this season, Forestville (8-2) threw to Rose’s side of the field, but the senior came through with several deflections and did not allow a touchdown.
“He’s going to Toledo so they wanted to see if he was Toledo-worthy. They told David that on Twitter. I’m not a Twitter guy but I hear these things,” said Potomac (9-1) head coach Ronnie Crump. “They are going to test our guys. Pretty much the whole secondary is coming back next year except for David. David is our leader and most teams don’t throw at him. They throw at Tyler Tobias and Greg Ross. Teams have paid the price for that because they have 10 interceptions. David doesn’t have an interception this year.”
The other key for Potomac was the performance of sophomore running back Ta’yon Fleet-Davis, who has emerged as a breakout player for the Wolverines since they lost senior running back Kesean Strong to an arm injury early in the season. Fleet-Davis ran for two touchdowns—including the game-winning score in the fourth quarter to give his team a 13-12 lead with six minutes left. Fleet-Davis also recorded an interception on defense.
“He’s just a freak of nature,” Rose said. “He’s just a sophomore and he’s about 200 pounds and 6-1. He can run it and he’s a leader. You can tell he’s going to be special, really special.”
Forestville took the lead in the second quarter with a seven-yard touchdown catch by Womack, but failed on the two-point conversion. Forestville took a 6-0 lead into halftime.
In the second half Potomac, which struggled on offense in the first half, came out firing in the second half using a more pass-oriented offensive approach. On its first drive of the second half Potomac scored on a 16-yard touchdown catch by senior receiver Markiece Brown. Following the touchdown, the teams traded turnovers with Fleet-Davis picking off a pass and then Forestville forcing and recovering a fumble.
In the fourth quarter Forestville regained the lead with a two-yard run by quarterback James Green, but again failed on the two-point conversion keeping the score at 12-7.
Potomac answered right back, however, with a 44-yard catch by Brown to get to the goal line. Forestville almost pulled off a goal-line stand, but on fourth down Fleet-Davis pounded the ball into the end zone to give his team a 13-12 lead.
“I was like, it’s time for me to make a play,” Fleet-Davis said. “I felt like it was a playoff game, either win or go home. I was thinking, ‘if I’m in the playoffs how would I take this situation?’ I’m going to give it 100 percent. It’s tough (as a sophomore), but I’ve got my team holding my back and they believe in me.”
On the ensuing kickoff Forestville fumbled the ball and Potomac recovered. The Wolverines took advantage of the miscue with another touchdown run by Fleet-Davis.
“Things like that just happen,” said Forestville head coach Charles Haley. “We’ve got to address that for the playoffs though, it can’t happen again.”
Forestville answered back with a 29-yard touchdown run by Green, who reversed field and made would-be tacklers miss to get into the end zone.
However, Forestville again failed on the two-point conversion and then could not recover the onside kick.
“I’m proud of the way we fought. We did not quit at all,” Haley said. “If we convert one extra point we win this game. That is the part that hurts the most.”
With the win, Potomac goes into the playoffs on a high note. The team hosts Chopticon High School in a regional semifinal game on Saturday. Rose said Saturday’s game will help the team in the playoffs because it learned how to win even when things do not necessarily go the team’s way.
“We learned how to face adversity, lots of adversity,” Rose said. “A lot of calls didn’t go our way. We got called for excessive celebration after one of my stops. We faced adversity today and that’s good. Same thing is going to happen in the playoffs; we’re going to face adversity.”