RIVERDALE – Despite an early start on a Monday afternoon due to delays throughout the weekend from Nor’easter rains, the Potomac Wolverines kept their stride in a 49-13 win against the Parkdale Panthers. Both sides of the ball came to play for the Wolverines. Outside of a final play of 65 yards for the Panthers, […]
RIVERDALE – Despite an early start on a Monday afternoon due to delays throughout the weekend from Nor’easter rains, the Potomac Wolverines kept their stride in a 49-13 win against the Parkdale Panthers.
Both sides of the ball came to play for the Wolverines. Outside of a final play of 65 yards for the Panthers, and a 43-yard run early in the first quarter, the Wolverines did not allow a play of more than 17 yards throughout the game.
Overall, the Wolverines allowed just 247 yards on the day, with 65 coming on the final play of regulation via a touchdown pass from quarterback Anwarr Rochee to wide receiver Jahmari White.
“We know (Parkdale) likes to run a lot of jet sweeps. We prepared for them to run that motion every play. They got some yards up the middle early on. I think our kids came out flat,” Potomac Head Coach Ronnie Crump said. “When we started to play like we were capable of, we were able to stop that. When we stopped playing flat, we shut things down.”
Crump said the team started the game out flat initially and attributed it to the Monday start. His team is not used to playing Monday afternoon games and getting out of school “a little early” to play a football game.
“Not playing on Saturday probably just threw us off,” Crump said. “But we had to do this because we had to make up the game. They were incredible, though. I’m not going to ride them like I normally do. If it was a regular Saturday, I’d probably be pissed.”
Overall, the Wolverines scored six offensive touchdowns. Four of them came from the arms and legs of Javonte Howard. Howard threw for three touchdowns on the day, with two of them going to wide receiver Andre Hall Jr. He also rushed for one.
Howard ended the day with 173 yards passing and completed all but two of his 11 passes. Though his performance did not have a lot of volume, he proved extremely efficient and capitalized on the deep ball with three passing touchdowns of 41, 44 and 31 yards.
Howard knew the deep ball would be there, he said, because of the Panthers’ defensive scheme with a lot of man-to-man coverage. He trusted his receivers to go get the ball and they came out on top.
“They run a lot of man,” Howard said. “So any of our receivers, one-on-one, I got them beating whoever. Anybody.”
Coming into the game, Howard admitted the team lagged a bit because of the long break between games. But, eventually, they got things back on track and were able to come out with a win.
“We had to just think back to how we were practicing and how we’ve played games before,” Howard said.
The offense had a big day outside of Howard’s contributions. Potomac had three rushers with 50 yards or more, including running backs Tayon Fleet-Davis, Calil Wilkins and DJ Henry. Wilkins finished the game with two touchdowns and 117 yards on just 14 carries.
Crump said the Wolverines hope to take some of the momentum they gained from this game into Gwynn Park this weekend, where they will face off against the Yellow Jackets. There are some mistakes they need to clean up to become a better team, but they were still dominant. It starts at the line of scrimmage.
“We knew we had all the skills in the world. We were coming into the season and making sure our line becomes more cohesive,” Crump said. “We didn’t have any experience. They played behind three-year starters last year, so these guys didn’t have any snaps. I’d rather peak later than now, so with more room to grow, it’s a good situation for us.”
Potomac 14 13 14 7 – 49
Parkdale 0 7 0 6 – 13
PW – Kavon Jackson 24-yard interception return for touchdown
PW – Javonte Howard 44-yard touchdown pass to Andre Hall
PP – Aris Mayfield 18-yard touchdown run
PW – Calil Wilkins 26-yard touchdown run
PW – Calil Wilkins 18-yard touchdown run
PW – Javonte Howard 10-yard touchdown run
PW – Javonte Howard 41-yard touchdown pass to Andre Hall
PW – Javonte Howard 31-yard touchdown pass to Dajon Estep
PP – Anwar Rochee 65-yard touchdown pass to Jahmari White