Coming off a 2011 season plagued by close loses that left Watkins Mill wondering what could have been, the Wolverines wasted no time at Poolesville Friday night, taking their first three drives of the 2012 season in for touchdowns as they rolled to a 42-14 win.
The first scoring strike came on the game's second play from scrimmage. Senior QB Patrick Schlosser threw a short screen pass out wide to WR Dontay Hears, who followed a block and exploded downfield for a 50-yard score.
The Wolverines struck again with 4:38 left in the first quarter, this time when senior RB Prodige Kikwata—a Good Counsel transfer—rumbled over the goal line from 18 yards out.
After a Poolesville punt, senior RB Quinton Littlejohn put Watkins Mill up 21-0 on a 40-yard scamper down the left sideline with 1:37 left in the first quarter.
The Wolverines took a 35-0 lead into the locker room thanks to an electrifying 80-yard punt return by senior J.R. Gibson followed by a Schlosser-to-Littlejohn score from 6 yards out just before halftime.
Poolesville gave its home crowd something to cheer for when they broke the shutout shortly after halftime, then tacked on a short touchdown throw with 9 seconds left in the game.
Watkins Mill will be gunning for an upset next week when they host division powerhouse Damascus, a rematch of the teams' bruising 7-0 Hornets win last year. Poolesville's Week 2 matchup has the Falcons heading down to Richard Montgomery, which took a close Week 1 loss to Gaithersburg.
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Watkins Mill 42, Poolesville 14
Patrick Schlosser (WM) – 7-11 passing 93 yds 2 TDs 1 INT; 4 carries 34 yds
Quinton Littlejohn (WM) – 8 carries 69 yds 1 TD; 1 catch 6 yds 1 TD
Prodige Kikwata (WM) – 4 carries 37 yds 2 TDs
Dontay Hears (WM) – 3 catches 79 yds 1 TD
Jaron Woodyard (WM) – 2 carries 15 yds
In other Montgomery County matchups, Quince Orchard, Damascus and Northwest scored big wins to start their seasons, according to The Gazette :
- Quince Orchard pounced on Sherwood early in their hotly anticipated match-up, then went on to a 28-12 win, the Cougars’ first win ever at Sherwood.
- Damascus shredded Clarksburg, using their defense and special teams to take a three-touchdown lead midway through the first quarter before cruising to a 41-6 final.
- Northwest blew past Blake, 32-7, after taking a 29-point lead into halftime.
Here’s the rest of MCPS’s Friday night line-up, according to The Washington Post:
- Gaithersburg 33, Richard Montgomery 30
- Churchill 34, Kennedy 0
- Magruder 9, Walter Johnson 7
- Seneca Valley 35, Einstein 20
- Springbrook 14, Northwood 7
- Wootton 15, Whitman 3