SURRATTSVILLE – Throughout the last three football seasons, the DuVal High School squad has emerged as a budding state power thanks to the versatility of rising senior quarterback Antoine Brooks. But on Sunday in a seven passing league tournament at Surrattsville High School hosted by the Prince George’s County Football Coaches Association, Brooks played as […]
SURRATTSVILLE – Throughout the last three football seasons, the DuVal High School squad has emerged as a budding state power thanks to the versatility of rising senior quarterback Antoine Brooks.
But on Sunday in a seven passing league tournament at Surrattsville High School hosted by the Prince George’s County Football Coaches Association, Brooks played as a slot receiver as Kendall Dew led the Tigers to the tourney crown.
DuVal won the 4A South Region title by upsetting previously undefeated Eleanor Roosevelt last November, so it seemed only fitting that the two squads would clash in Sunday’s tournament title game at Surrattsville, where the Raiders’ current coach Tom Green had previously coached. But instead of handing the ball to Brooks, DuVal coach Dameon Powell allowed Dew to direct the offense through four victories on Sunday.
“Kendall really knows the offense,” Powell said. “He makes all the right reads and he’s quick. We were clicking all day on Sunday. Antoine lined up in the slot and we also had Greg Bowers and Marco Cesay making plays for us at wide receiver. We had quick starts in all four games and that’s always the key when you play 25-minute running clocks.”
Sunday morning the Tigers opened with victories over Northwestern and Gwynn Park, two fellow county public school squads then got the better of Bishop McNamara, a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference team. Roosevelt got the better of Largo in the other semifinal, setting the stage for a rematch with DuVal in the tournament final, albeit with considerably smaller stakes at hand.
“Anytime we play Roosevelt in any sport, I think everyone gets pumped up for those games,” Powell said. “They’re right down the street from us and they have a lot of great athletes and great coaches. Last year when we beat them, it was mainly Antoine being able to make plays with his feet. But in these tournaments it all comes down to who can run the offense and make plays throwing the ball and Kendall was able to do that for us.”
DuVal scored on each of its first three possessions in the wins over Northwestern, Gwynn Park and McNamara, validating Powell’s choice to have Dew as the signal caller and have Brooks line up as a slot receiver while Bowers and Cesay lined up wide. Against Roosevelt, DuVal again scored quickly on Dew touchdown tosses on the first two possessions and eventually the Tigers maintained a comfortable margin over their longtime, closest rivals.
“It was a great day for our kids,” Powell said. “We really executed well. I mean, the offense was clicking all day. Kendall does a great job on the reads and he knows the offense. All of these guys are seniors and they’re already excited about coming back here this fall. Of course, now we have to make sure everyone has grades so they can play. But the kids are excited.”