OXON HILL – The Potomac Wolverines continued their winning ways on Saturday afternoon and extended their win streak to five games after they dismantled the Magruder Colonels by a lopsided score of 56-14 in the MPSSAA 3A South Regional Semifinal. Other than a ball security miscue on their opening drive, the Wolverines ran into little […]
OXON HILL – The Potomac Wolverines continued their winning ways on Saturday afternoon and extended their win streak to five games after they dismantled the Magruder Colonels by a lopsided score of 56-14 in the MPSSAA 3A South Regional Semifinal.
Other than a ball security miscue on their opening drive, the Wolverines ran into little resistance from their counterpart.
The game started with Potomac marching down the field into the Magruder redzone. However, a fumble on the quarterback-center exchange led to a turnover. Magruder then went 89 yards on their first drive to take a 7-0 first quarter lead. Potomac fumbled the exchange from center four times this game, but only lost the ball once.
On its next drive, Potomac got back to work and dropped the hammer on a Magruder team that did nothing to slow down or stop the Wolverine onslaught. Potomac went on to score on its next four first-half possessions and jumped out to a 28-7 halftime lead.
Wolverine running back Calil Wilkins had another big day for his team, but he was complimented very well by his split back Tayon Fleet-Davis. Wilkins finished the afternoon with 131 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown, while Fleet-Davis added 87 yards on 13 carries and accounted for two scores of his own. All of Potomac’s rushing touchdowns came in the first half.
“We practiced hard all week and prepared for the options and everything that they ran. We started off a little sloppy but we finished strong,” Wilkins said. “We held them to only 14 points so onto the next.”
Fleet-Davis, who had a rushing and receiving score, was happy with the team’s performance as well.
“I think we had a good performance. I would like to say thanks to my O-line. They did a good job blocking and without them we’d be nothing,” Fleet-Davis said. “I had a nice game overall, on the defensive side too. Next round we’re gonna have to be more disciplined, but we can go far with this team.”
Potomac extended its lead in the second half while Magruder did nothing to make the game competitive. The Colonels punted on their six possessions after their opening score and turned the ball over on two of their fourth-quarter possessions.
Potomac made no significant defensive adjustments, because it had a good idea of what the next Magruder play was going to be. The Wolverines stopped the rushing attack by placing eight men in the box during the entirety of the game.
“I wasn’t surprised, because of all the film we watched, they stuck to that whether they were winning or losing. So we already knew going into the game,” Wilkins said of Magruder running the same option play the entire game.
Bryan Juarez of Magruder was the team’s only bright spot, as he was constantly fed the ball. He finished with 113 yards on 19 carries and accounted for both Magruder scores.
Potomac quarterback Javonte Howard had an efficient day throwing the ball. He finished the game completing 8-of-11 passing attempts for 141 yards and two touchdowns. He started the game by going 6-for-6 for 94 yards before he finally missed.
“At the end of the day it’s about getting the ‘W’ and I’m just happy we came out with a first round playoff win,” Howard said. “They ran a lot of cover-3 and cover-1 man, so I got my receivers beating their one-on-one match-ups every time. I didn’t get distracted by how they were playing defense.”
Potomac wide receiver Andre Hall finished the game with 77 yards on four catches, including a 20-yard score and a 43-yard grab to set up another.
Potomac moves to 9-2 on the year and will face the 6-5 Wheaton Knights in the South Regional Finals.
“Next round we’re gonna watch film, practice hard, and come out and try to dominate all the way to the state championships. That’s our goal.” Wilkins said.
Magruder 7 0 7 0 – 14
Potomac 6 22 7 21 – 56
M – Bryan Juarez 1-yard TD run
P – Calil Wilkins 8-yard TD run
P – Tayon Fleet-Davis 4-yard TD run
P – DJ Henry 45-yard TD run
P – Fleet-Davis 10-yard TD run
P – Tyler Tobias 10-yard TD pass from Javonte Howard
M – Juarez 47-yard TD run
P – Howard 1-yard TD run
P – Hall 20-yard TD pass from Howard
P – Kalil Wheeler-Johnson 1-yard TD run