Though the Knights dressed just 21 players, about half as many as Gwynn Park, Harley said his team can’t afford to use lack of bodies as an excuse. Its path to a region title would likely go through two-time defending state champ Dunbar (8-1), which regularly has a roster bigger than any team in Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A.
Forestville, which has beaten Fairmont Heights six of the past seven seasons, will continue to use a quarterback by committee going forward. Senior Andre Dalton began the season starting under center but has battled a knee injury in recent weeks, forcing sophomore Quenton Boston and senior Jourdan Ginyard, the team’s leading receiver, into action.
Harley expects Ginyard, who has nine interceptions and nine total touchdowns this season, to begin landing Division I BCS scholarship offers soon.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound safety/wide receiver has offers on the table from Hawaii and Ohio and interest from Illinois, among others. The coach said he finished working on Ginyard’s senior highlight tape earlier this week when he was stuck inside during the storm.
“He’s caught six touchdown passes, returned a kick and scored on defense — He even threw for one,” Harley said. “Now all he needs is a rushing touchdown. We’ll see if we can get that on the books this week.”
Game to watch: Watkins Mill (7-2) at No. 9 Seneca Valley (8-1), Friday, 6:30 p.m.
On a six-game winning streak, Watkins Mill can earn its first state playoff appearance since 1999 by beating Seneca Valley in Germantown on Friday.
Coach Kevin Watson led the program’s junior varsity squad at that time, but he said it’s been so long, the details on the Gaithersburg school’s last playoff run remain fuzzy in his mind. He does remember the team’s attitude, an ease buoyed by fresh memories of winning the 1993 Maryland 4A championship.
“They were used to that then,” said Watson, whose team currently ranks fourth in the Maryland 3A West standings and would likely be eliminated from contention with a loss. “Making the playoffs for them was the expectation. We’re trying to get to that point where it’s an expectation and not just a goal. That’s the difference right now.”
That’s not to say Watkins Mill doesn’t enter the game with confidence thanks to their recent winning streak. The Wolverines fell to 1-2 on Sept. 14 when their rally came up short in a 28-19 loss to Blake. Since then, they’ve been perfect with three shutouts along the way.
Senior quarterback Patrick Schlosser (978 passing yards, nine touchdowns) directs the offense, while freshman cornerback Jaron Woodyard has been a pleasant surprise, leading the defense with four interceptions.
The Wolverines will face a Seneca Valley squad coming off its first loss of the season. The Screamin’ Eagles — who will host a playoff game next week with a victory — held rival Damascus scoreless in the second half but turned the ball over three times, including one that went the other way for a touchdown, and fell 14-13.