WALDORF — The Thomas Stone Cougars became the Maryland 3A South Region champions after trampling the Potomac Wolverines in a 40-14 win on a cold Friday evening. The Cougars rushed for more than 300 yards in the blowout victory. Each of Stone’s five rushers had at least four carries on the night longer than 15 […]
WALDORF — The Thomas Stone Cougars became the Maryland 3A South Region champions after trampling the Potomac Wolverines in a 40-14 win on a cold Friday evening.
The Cougars rushed for more than 300 yards in the blowout victory. Each of Stone’s five rushers had at least four carries on the night longer than 15 yards.
Stone senior running back Juwaun Briscoe had the best performance out of all of those rushers. Briscoe finished with 256 all-purpose yards, including 232 rushing yards, and piled five touchdowns on just 11 carries. Briscoe also did work on the defensive end with an interception while playing cornerback.
“I mean, it showed in the offseason how much work we put in,” Briscoe said about his team’s performance against the Wolverines. “It’s a great feeling. It’s definitely a great feeling.”
The Cougars did not come in with a specific game plan for the Wolverines, Briscoe said, they just came in and “want it more than the other team”.
“I don’t know what happened. I just played my game,” Briscoe said. “We stuck to our scheme. I trusted my players and my teammates and it just happened.”
Potomac head coach Ronnie Crump said he is proud of his team for advancing as far as it did, but it still fell short of the goals the players and coaching staff set before the season.
“You’ve got to give Thomas Stone a lot of credit,” Crump said. “Their kids played hard. They just out-executed us today. Just got to give credit to Thomas Stone for the way they played today.”
Stone got off to a fast start against the Wolverines and it all spiraled downhill from there, Crump said. The Cougars were able to keep running the ball against the Wolverines and keep the defense on the field, while the Wolverines put up only 183 yards of total offense.
The Cougars opened up the third quarter with a drive lasting more than nine minutes, which put Potomac in a tough position. The Wolverines needed to score quickly down 26-7 with just over 15 minutes left in the game.
“They dominated the time of possession and it was hard to get back in this one,” Crump said. “Those guys kept playing and we just weren’t able to stop them today.”
Crump said he wanted to keep Stone’s offense off of the field force them into three-and-out situations. Potomac could have tackled better, Crump said, and the game would have been more manageable.
Another disadvantage was playing on the road, Crump said. The state of high school football in Prince George’s County is improving, he said, but there is still a lot of work to be done for teams to position themselves better to get home field advantage in playoff games against competition outside of the county.
“For the type of season that we had, I feel as though we should have had home field advantage,” Crump said. “To get that, we basically have to go undefeated. I just feel like the 3A schools are at a disadvantage.”
However, Crump said he did not want to make excuses and thinks his team should have played a much better game.
Michael Dorsey, another Stone running back, said the Cougars need to practice hard to prepare for next weekend’s state semifinal game.
“It’s the best feeling you can get, man,” Dorsey said of the regional championship. “It all paid off. The hard work paid off. It all showed how bad we want it. We came out here and did what we do every Friday.”