UPPER MARLBORO – After defeating Calvert Hall by two points in a week two nailbiter, Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. Head Coach DaLawn Parrish gave quarterback Quinton Williams a vote of confidence in leading the team’s high-powered offense. The Good Counsel transfer needed to learn the playbook and adapt to playing with the veterans on […]
UPPER MARLBORO – After defeating Calvert Hall by two points in a week two nailbiter, Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. Head Coach DaLawn Parrish gave quarterback Quinton Williams a vote of confidence in leading the team’s high-powered offense.
The Good Counsel transfer needed to learn the playbook and adapt to playing with the veterans on the squad, Parrish said.
Fast-forward to Oct. 13 against Oxon Hill, where the 6-foot-4, 180-pound junior faced a critical fourth-and-12 in the second quarter. Williams launched a 33-yard bomb to a wide-open Demetri Morsell for the touchdown, putting the game out of reach with a 30-point lead.
“It was my first Homecoming here, so I just wanted to prove what I can do, get these guys the ball and make plays,” Williams said. “And we came out with a victory.”
Williams effectively displayed his progression as Wise’s starting quarterback, going 12-for-18 for 181 yards and four touchdowns to help lead the Pumas to a 58-14 Homecoming victory over Oxon Hill. The win is Wise’s 35th consecutive victory, a two-year unbeaten streak.
What was expected to be a fierce battle between two top-tier county football teams turned lopsided quickly as Wise (7-0) displayed their dominance early, scoring three touchdowns in the first quarter while their defense limited their opponents to 160 total yards offensively.
On Wise’s opening drive, wide receiver and Florida State commit AJ Lytton caught a quick 10-yard pass in the middle of the field and evaded several Clipper defenders to turn the play into a 51-yard touchdown. The Pumas’ following possession saw Oliver burst through an open lane for a 26-yard run for his first of his three touchdowns.
Williams continued to show his throwing prowess, hitting targets down the field for big plays. On a critical fourth down, the junior launched a 33-yard booming pass to a Morsell for another touchdown. Communication with his senior receivers has made Williams’ transition easier, Parrish said.
“I just told them, ‘go deep,’ and I’ll give them a shot to make those plays,” Williams said.
Oxon Hill (4-3) struggled offensively without starting quarterback Dajuan Rollins, who did not play due to a collarbone injury. Junior Jy’ir Ingram, who normally plays as the team’s running back, filled in and scored on a 1-yard touchdown run before halftime.
Early in the third quarter, Ingram found wide receiver Christian Banks for a 33-yard touchdown, slowly building momentum for Oxon Hill. However, Oliver, who ran for 114 yards on 12 carries, quickly shut down any hopes of a Clipper comeback with an 80-yard kickoff return for his third score of the evening.
The only blemish the two-time state champions displayed was penalties. Wise accumulated 13 flags during the game, reaching double-digits by halftime. Parrish defended his players, saying inconsistent calls have made it hard for his team to learn from their mistakes. However, Parrish admitted the penalty problem must be addressed before the Pumas take on visiting Eleanor Roosevelt on Oct. 20 in a rematch of last year’s 4A regional championship.
“It has been one game at a time for us,” Parrish said. “We put all our focus on Oxon Hill this week, and now, we are going to put all our focus on Roosevelt next week, and I am sure that they are going to do the same thing.”