The turnaround has been noticeable for Ibrahim. It was the second consecutive week he ran for over 300 yards against a quality opponent. Last week he amassed 324 yards and three touchdowns in a win over the Potomac School, with two of his rushing touchdowns going for over 90 yards in the game.
Avalon Coach Tad Stevens remembers Ibrahim running for 298 yards and eight touchdowns in a game as a sophomore two years ago, but Friday night’s performance was “extraordinary,” Stevens said. It set a school record, and set the record straight on where Ibrahim’s head was heading into the final month of his high school career.
“I really took that to my head,” Ibrahim said. “I got focused and started getting after it.”
Potomac School rallies past Bishop Ireton
The Potomac School made some gutsy plays down the stretch to rally past Bishop Ireton 30-29 on Saturday. On fourth and five from the Bishop Ireton 15-yard line late in the fourth quarter, the Panthers got a 15-yard scoring run from Jalen Broome to pull Potomac School within 29-28 with just under two minutes to play. That’s when Pat Duffy initially thought to send out his kicking team to tie it and send it to overtime.
“We decided to go for the win right there,” Duffy said.
He called for a run to Broome off left tackle on the two-point conversion attempt, and Broome cashed in. That was the difference, and Broome had one of his most complete games of the season. He ran for 92 yards and three touchdowns, with two two-point conversion runs, and 48 yards receiving.
Broome has rushed for 304 yards the last three weeks for the Panthers (5-3), and complemented quarterback Kevin Havermann’s most productive game this fall (264 yards passing). The pivotal plays from Broome couldn’t have come at better times on Saturday, and the call from Duffy to win the game was one that gave Broome a reassuring respect for his coach’s guts, especially heading into this week’s season finale with rival Flint Hill (6-2). The winner will take home the Mid-Atlantic Conference title.
“They just trusted us to put it in. It was just, like, an all or nothing effort right there. We look up to our coaches, and trust them,” Broome said. “If they say we’re going for the win, we’re going for the win.”