Strong accumulated prolific numbers in a two-game week last week after a rainout pushed one of the Wolverines’ games to Monday. He rushed for 252 yards on 24 carries in a 34-32 double-overtime loss to Douglass (5-2, 4-1 Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A) in that make-up game. Then, on Saturday, he slashed through the Central (1-5, 0-4 Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A) defense for 233 yards on 13 carries in a 60-26 win for the Wolverines (3-4, 3-2 3A/2A/1A).
Strong rushed for four touchdowns in that game and scored two more on a 60-yard punt return and 99-yard kickoff return. Against Douglass, he rushed for three touchdowns against an Eagles’ defense that had allowed three touchdowns in a game only twice all season. In a six-day period, Strong rushed for 485 yards and scored nine touchdowns.
“Normally, when you go up against Douglass, that’s a high-powered football program,” Potomac Coach Ronnie Crump said. “When you have 200 yards against them, you’ve got a chance to being a good player.”
That three-score showing came on a sloppy Potomac field, and made an impression on Douglass Coach J.C. Pinkney, too.
Strong “shredded us. The kid was awesome,” Pinkney said. “The field was wet, soft, and muddy, but he looked like he was playing on a dry surface. That kid is the real deal.”
Strong, who transferred from Carroll before this season, hadn’t been the primary back in a Wolverines backfield featuring several rushers that have blow-by speed or bruising size. Crump said the team is finally finding the best way to use Strong, who’s averaging more than 15 yards per carry over his last three games: just hand him the ball.
“He’s a quiet kid. He’s willing to be a team player, and we have two other quality running backs,” Crump said. “But he’s the kind of kid if you put the ball in his hand, you feel like he can score any time he wants. So that’s why we’re looking to him now.” . . .
DuVal (6-1, 5-1 Prince George’s 4A) rallied from an 18-point first-quarter deficit to beat Oxon Hill (3-4, 2-4 Prince George’s 4A), 28-18, on Saturday. If the Tigers win their final three games, they will have a chance at the No. 2 seed in the Maryland 4A South region. DuVal plays Northwestern (2-5, 2-5 Prince George’s 4A) this week, and C.H. Flowers (7-0, 6-0 Prince George’s 4A) the week after that. . . .
Suitland (7-0, 6-0 Prince George’s 4A) remained perfect with a 21-7 win against Wise (4-3, 3-3 PG 4A), and No. 10 Gwynn Park (7-0, 5-0 Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A), a 2A school, dominated previously unbeaten 1A school Surrattsville (6-1, 4-1 PG 3A/2A/1A), 43-8. Afterward, the two teams from neighboring schools joined hands and prayed.
“It’s a neighborhood rivalry, but after the game, we’re best of friends,” Gwynn Park Coach Danny Hayes said. “We’re rooting for them to take the 1A state title, and they’re rooting for us to take the 2A state.”