FORESTVILLE – From their opening drive against Eastern High School (Washington, D.C.) in their season opener on Aug. 31, the Bishop McNamara High School football team showed that they meant business.
The Mustangs posted an explosive offensive performance with five first-quarter touchdowns and forced four turnovers on its way to a 52-0 shutout victory at Tyoka Jackson Field.
Running back Tyvon Edmonds led the way offensively with 69 yards rushing on four carries for two touchdowns. Though Edmonds did not have that many touches, there was not much the Eastern defense could do to contain.
“I’m a running back and I couldn’t do it without my line…they did everything they could do possibly for me to score my touchdowns. Without them, I couldn’t do none of it,” said Edmonds, who scored on a three-yard rush in the first quarter. He added his second touchdown of the game in the third quarter on a 20-yard scamper.
Running back Alijah Williams scored early in the first quarter on a six-yard run and Kenneth Womack added a 75-yard reception for another touchdown from quarterback Jordan Pierce.
McNamara’s defensive unit accounted for three of their seven touchdowns in the afternoon. Around the six-minute mark in the first quarter, linebacker Marvin Spinner returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown.
Defensive back JaVaughn Faunteroy scored on a fumble recovery with 2:50 left in the first quarter while senior Anthony Haythe added a 30-yard interception return touchdown to begin the second quarter in what was a dominant defensive outing for McNamara.
Eastern quarterback Jeremiah Drummond finished the first quarter with no completions while the rest of the Ramblers offense was limited to only 89 yards of total offense.
“Defense was our biggest strength. Defense wins games,” Edmonds said.
Head Coach Keita Malloy said he was pleased with how McNamara was able to capitalize on both ends of the field all afternoon and consistently fire on all cylinders.
“I’m proud of the guys, just really proud. They worked hard and I told them after the game they earned it,” Malloy said. “We played (up to) the standard we’re trying to get to, we knew it was a big opening game to get off on the right start and they just came out and showed what they can do.”
The Mustangs are on a quest to perform at a much higher level than what they did last season, which ended with a 3-7 record, Malloy added. The players, along with the coaching staff, have worked arduously since the start of the year in preparation for this season.
“We’ve been going since January. We do a lot of things in the offseason, we do a lot of film work, a lot of preparation on the field, in the weight room,” Malloy said. “I got a great staff who works hard in getting them prepared and the bottom line is the kids are really buying in, and that’s what it’s all about. When they buy-in and they start to believe, this team as far as we possibly can.”
Meanwhile, Drummond threw his first completion in the top of the third quarter. He finished 6 of 22 for 71 yards.
“I admit, I could’ve played better in the first half, like a lot better, especially in the second quarter,” Drummond said following the tough loss. “The second half, I tried to turn it on, tried getting everybody motivated, (revved) up to make and believe that we can go out and get this win. It’s disappointing to lose but we learned a lot from this game.”
The sophomore captain explained some of the major takeaways from the loss.
“We don’t want to feel this feeling again. Especially by 50, scoreless, we were in the red zone, we could have scored but didn’t execute,” Drummond said. “So we just gotta pick up the pace, we gotta work harder, we just gotta come out and execute every play, every down.”
Second-year head coach Anthony Drummond pointed out a few disadvantages his team had, such as depth, conditioning, tackling and missed assignments, as he assessed the season-opening loss.
He said he was not so concerned with coming away with the win or loss, but rather getting his guys some valuable experience and confidence built for the remainder of the regular season. Nonetheless, he was not impressed with anything Eastern did throughout the game.
“I think we played the worst football I have ever seen,” Drummond said. “Today was a learning tool for all of them. We are very young. We got a sophomore quarterback, we have a junior running back, our offensive line is nothing but sophomores… so going forward right now, it’s about execution – dotting our i’s and crossing our t’s.”
McNamara will host Riverdale Baptist on Sept. 7 at 2 p.m.