Football: Oxon Hill gears up for Bladensburg; DuVal to meet Wise

September 11, 2013

Oxon Hill heads to Bladensburg Friday afternoon for a matchup of 1-0 teams trying to turn impressive season-opening wins into season-opening win streaks.

Oxon Hill dominated Bell 52-0 in its opener, getting touchdowns from its offense, defense, and special teams. Running back/safety Brian Darby returned an interception for a touchdown and ran for another, and fellow running back Jeremy Fields returned a kickoff for a touchdown and caught a pass from quarterback Anthony Dougherty for another.

The Clippers ran a no-huddle offense against what Oxon Hill Coach Craig Jefferies called a “young” Bell team, a strategy that “kept [Bell] off balance and didn’t let them make adjustments.”

But while he said his team played well “on all three sides of the ball”, Jefferies was quick to say his team needed to keep getting better and execute tackles if they’re to continue that success in physical Prince George’s 4A ball.

Their first league test will come from Bladensburg, which won a thrilling 28-20 victory over Largo in its opener. The Mustangs made a goal line stand at the end of regulation in that contest, holding Largo scoreless on a first and goal chance to force overtime. Defensive lineman Jeremiah Dingle was the star of that sequence, making the big play to hold off the Lions’ last regulation chance in a game that saw him force a fumble and record two sacks.

Bishop McNamara's lineman dominates the trenches in memory of his grandfather. (Nathan Bickell for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC./The Washington Post)

If Bladensburg is to be the first team to score on Oxon Hill this season, their best chance will probably be with receiver J’Waun Gallman, who returned the opening kickoff against Largo 92 yards for a touchdown and caught six passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns. . . .

DuVal will play at No. 5 Wise Friday afternoon in a matchup of two of the perennial best teams in Prince George’s 4A. DuVal won its opener 21-7 over District contender Wilson. Tigers’ running back Terrance Davenport rushed 28 times for 158 yards in that game as his quarterback Antione Brooks rushed nine times for 124 yards and threw for 85 more. They’ll try to keep the DuVal offense in the game with the high-powered rushing Wise rushing attack, which will look to bounce back after being held scoreless through three quarters in an eventual 20-14 win over No. 13 Douglass in its opener.

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