GWYNN PARK –The Potomac High School football team got revenge against their rival Yellow Jackets from Gwynn Park High School with a 31-14 victory to open the 2018 season on Aug. 31.
The Wolverines lost to Gwynn Park 24-12 last year in the opener, but Potomac stung the Yellow Jackets this time around.
“I got them ready for this game by the end of the season last year,” Potomac Head Coach Ronnie Crump said. “We work hard just like Gwynn Park works hard, but people always doubt us. We are used to it. People are always overlooking Potomac.”
Junior quarterback Dominique Anthony led the way for the Wolverines by putting up 272 yards through the air to go along with three touchdowns on 13-28 passing and added another score on the ground.
“I just tried to make plays when they were there and put my team in a position to get the win. It was fun. Good start to the season and can’t wait for next week,” Anthony said.
Potomac wide receiver Corey Dyches had a huge game as he torched the Gwynn Park secondary repeatedly throughout the evening finishing with six catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns.
The game started off evenly as Gwynn Park seemed to have no issues moving the ball downfield but had multiple drives stall or end due to a costly turnover in the red zone.
The Yellow Jackets did find the end zone first as Wynton Townsend broke a 30-yard run for his first score of the season giving Gwynn Park a 6-0 lead. Anthony and Dyches responded with a 41-yard touchdown of their own and then a 22-yard score right before the half for a 13-6 lead.
“We had good chemistry tonight, and when we are on we can’t be stopped,” Anthony said.
The second half opened with Anthony connecting with Keron Jones on a 60-yard score to give the Wolverines a 19-6 lead forcing Gwynn Park to reach into their bag of trick plays to get back into the contest. After a huge 56-yard wide receiver reverse pass play, Isaiah Magruder scored on a 10-yard run to make it 19-14 in the third.
Anthony opened the fourth quarter with his rushing touchdown to push the lead to 25-14, and the Yellow Jackets never recovered as they turned the ball over two more times in the fourth quarter including a 70-yard pick six by Reshad Lundy.
“I was just trying to make a play on the ball, and when I saw I had space I just kept running, and nobody could bring me down,” Lundy said of his highlight reel play.
After the interception, the game was delayed due to lightning and then finally called midway through the fourth with 31-14 being the final.
The Wolverines will face Dunbar High School (Baltimore) next week as they look to move to 2-0 on the season. Gwynn Park will look to rebound against DuVal who was victorious in their season opener against Northwestern High School.