Sidwell Friends is putting up points and making noise in the Mid-Atlantic Conference so far this season, and turned heads with a 58-point output in win over Baltimore Friends this weekend. The Quakers have scored 183 points in five games, and while they fell to MAC power Potomac School (6-0, 3-0 MAC), 49-34 two weeks ago, they’ve got a shot at this year’s conference championship.
But if those chances are to remain viable, the Quakers (2-3, 1-1) will need a little help.
“Somewhere along the line, if somebody could maybe beat Potomac, that’d be great,” Sidwell Coach John Simon said. “Then we’d still have a shot of maybe having a chance to possibly compete for championship.”
This season’s uncertainties don’t bother Simon, who expects to see his team in contention for the next few years. The Quakers feature five seniors, and are anchored across the board by underclassmen already gaining big-game experience.
Sidwell’s strength is its offensive line, a sizable contingent that Simon says “makes the team go.” Aside from 6-foot-3, 360-pound senior Brandon King, the entire starting line will return next season. Center George Marcou, a 6-foot-1, 180-pounder, is handling all the line calls as a junior, and is flanked by already-experienced juniors Jon Jon Streat (5-10, 210 pounds) and Elijah Potts (6-5, 220 pounds) and sophomore Phillipe Sanchez (6-2, 170 pounds).
That group protects an exceptionally young backfield featuring sophomore quarterback Ted Hefter and sophomore running back TJ Horne, both of whom have emerged as legitimate offensive threats in their second high school seasons. The guy clearing the way for Horne, 6-foot, 260-pound fullback Miles Brown, is a junior.
The one piece of this year’s puzzle that won’t be back is senior receiver Diamente Holloway, who leads the Quakers in receptions and constantly attracts two defenders to open things up for the rest of the offense. But even if no one beats Potomac and the Quakers’ championship chances evaporate this season, they’ll have gained much and lost little from this season when they head to 2014.
“Our future looks really good for us. We’ve been building over the last couple years, and it’s starting to pay off for us,” Simon said. “So I’ve got my fingers crossed that everything will work out this year, but we’ll keep getting better and better and carry over into next year.”
Episcopal running back Nigel Beckford, who rushed for 639 yards and 10 touchdowns in his team’s first two games, missed his second straight full game with a leg injury this weekend. He left Episcopal’s Week 3 game after just one series, but still ranks among the top 30 touchdown scorers in the entire D.C. region on the basis of those first two games alone. Maroon Coach Panos Voulgaris didn’t clarify the nature of Beckford’s injury last week, but said he didn’t know when or if Beckford might return this season. . . .
Potomac School running back Jalen Broome maintains his position as the area’s leading rusher after rushing 25 times for 276 yards in his team’s 38-14 win over Maret. Broome has run for 1,39o yards and 15 touchdowns and is averaging 11 yards per carry through six games.