Einstein running back Khalil Wilson’s 299 yards keep him on pace for 2,000

Host B.J. Koubaroulis runs through the top plays from the weekend of football in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia. (Nick Plum for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC./The Washington Post)
September 30, 2013

Over the summer, Einstein running back Khalil Wilson discussed some goals with his coach for the 2013 season.

One of those was to run for 2,000 yards, a lofty goal considering a high school season is 10 games without the guarantee of a postseason.

Through three games, Wilson’s close to the halfway mark. Against Northwood this past Friday, Wilson ran the ball 15 times for 299 yards and two touchdowns in an Einstein 41-0 win. That gives Wilson a total of 809 yards for the season thus far, with Einstein a game short compared to the rest of the region due to a cancelled game against North Harford that won’t be rescheduled.

“He’s as good as advertised,” Einstein Coach Jermaine Howell said. “He even surprised me with some of the runs he had [Friday night].”

It was going to be tough to follow his impressive 409-yard outing in a 48-35 win over Rockville two weeks ago. With both offenses scoring in bunches, Wilson was needed for the duration of the game against the Rams.

Top prospect Da'Shawn Hand faces close friend and prospect Tim Settle when Woodbridge takes on rival Stonewall Jackson, and a female kicker joins the team. (Brad Horn and Jayne Orenstein/The Washington Post)

Against Northwood, Einstein’s defense set the tone early in a shutout, allowing the Titans to take Wilson out by the end of the third quarter.

Wilson’s per carry average was a staggering 19.9 yards against the Gladiators.

“I want to give credit to the line, my big boys up front,” Wilson, who ran for 1,567 yards in 2012, said in an interview last week. “They’re the reason I get what I get. I don’t take credit for anything.”

In the metro area, Wilson’s yardage total ranks third behind Potomac School’s Jalen Broome (896) and North Point’s Marquel Dickerson (826)

Not having a 10th regular season game could weaken Wilson’s bid for 2,000 yards. To reach this goal, Wilson will need to average 198.5 yards each outing in Einstein’s final six games. As of now, his per game average is 269.7.

“The bottom line, though, is winning as many games as possible,” Howell said. “If any accolades come along with that, with Khalil or any of our other players, that’s icing on the cake.”

Rockville’s Reese tosses six touchdowns

Junior quarterback Chuck Reese had another big day in Rockville’s explosive offense.

Against Wheaton last Saturday, Reese threw for 379 yards and six touchdowns in a 54-22 win. Reese now has 1,323 yards for the season.

The Rams have produced some big numbers out of the fast-paced spread offense coach Seth Kenton implemented this offseason.

Unlike most Montgomery County schools, Rockville has just one feeder school, Earle B. Wood Middle School. Therefore, most of the offense has played together for quite some time. Like Reese, all four starting receivers are juniors.

Earlier in September, Reese mentioned that the chemistry on offense could lead to some big numbers. So far, so good.

“Some of these kids I’ve grown up with since elementary school,” Reese said. “We’ve all grown up around each other. We’ll hang out and it’s convenient and easy. We see each other all the time. We’ve just known each other forever and we trust each other.”

Wootton’s Woods a dangerous option

Wootton wide receiver Trevon Diggs has generated a lot of attention for his play on the field. Just as impressive has been his receiver counterpart, senior Jibri Woods.

In Wootton’s 43-20 win over Whitman, Woods hauled in eight passes for 82 yards, as well as rushing the ball five times for an additional 39 on the ground. His 412 receiving yards leads the Montgomery 4A South region.

Spottswood adjusts after injury

At no point during Sherwood’s 28-15 win over Richard Montgomery on Friday did Warriors running back Elijah Spottswood ruminate about his knee. It had been six months, nearly to the day, that he had torn his anterior cruciate ligament during workouts at Gallaudet University, and coming back so quickly for his senior season was cast in a shadow of doubt.

But Spottswood was out there again Friday, still making all the cuts in his fourth game of the season. He rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns, the product of his willingness to disconnect his mind from his body, in many respects. Thinking about re-injuring himself will lead to just that.

“You can tell the way I make my cuts and stuff, that I’m subconsciously trying to protect it,” Spottswood said. “I’m getting over that, slowly.”

Since losing to Gaithersburg in the season opener, Sherwood (3-1, 2-0) has come alive with three consecutive wins and is right back in the thick of the Montgomery County 4A South race. Spottswood, who starts at running back, cornerback and is the team’s chief kick and punt returner, has been in the middle of the resurgence. He rushed for 179 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Blair two weeks ago, and the following week, the Warriors held off Springbrook for a 22-14 win. Spottswood had just 40 yards in that contest, but his durability has not wavered through the first month of the season. He’s received at least 16 carries in each of his first four games, including a season-high 22 rushes against Blair.

“We got brought back down to Earth [after the Gaithersburg loss],” Spottswood said. “It’s good that we have a team that is willing to grind it out.”

Paint Branch (4-0, 3-0) currently holds the upper-hand in the South over the second-place Warriors. The Panthers have been dominant in their past three wins — outscoring opponents 133-12 in that stretch -- including a 48-0 win over Churchill Friday in which Paint Branch quarterback Gaston Cooper accounted for 306 total yards and five touchdowns.

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