St. John’s continues to make strides despite injuries


St. John’s running back Omar Garcia is tackled by Reginald Wyatt (10) of Friendship Collegiate. (Craig Hudson/for The Washington Post)
September 13, 2012

After a season-opening loss to No. 5 Friendship Collegiate, St. John’s (2-1) has started to make strides.

The 15th-ranked Cadets have won two straight led by the play of their offensive line, Coach Joe Patterson said. That is mostly due to the consistency in the middle of the line, which is anchored by three returning three-year starters: Ned Bent, Max Onyenwe and Alex Malchow.

Bent will likely miss this week’s game against Calvert Hall with an injury, however, adding to an inactive list that includes the team’s most dangerous player, Stanford recruit Devin Williams. The junior running back-linebacker has been out with an ankle sprain since leaving early in the loss to Friendship and is doubtful to play this week.

“Devin is integral to what we do both offensively and defensively,” Patterson said. “His performance is always great, but it’s also the attitude he brings to both positions.”

The focus this week, Patterson said, is to clean up some of the early-season play and get healthy before the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference schedule opens next week with a game against McNamara – a team loaded with Division I talent.

Around the IAC

Landon Coach Paul Padalino is still unsure if his standout running back Myles Allen will play Saturday against Mount St. Joseph. Allen is day-to-day after suffering a head injury in the season opener against McNamara. The Bears are 2-0. . . .

Two different receivers for St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes had seven catches last weekend in a 14-12 comeback win over St. Christopher’s. Sam Gallahan had seven grabs for 85 yards, while Khaamal Whitaker recorded seven catches for 37 yards.

Around the MAC

Potomac School(1-0) scored 14 second-half points Monday night in a 27-6 win over John Paul the Great (0-2). The Panthers led 13-0 after the first half on Saturday before heavy rains postponed the game for two days. Andrew Lent and Johnny Read combined for 139 yards rushing and each scored a touchdown on the ground for Potomac. . . .

Flint Hill Coach Tom Verbanic has implemented a new offensive system this season, a pro-style attack that features more three-step drops and zone reads that gives his quarterback, Stevie Peterson, the ability to freelance. Peterson looks like he could be blossoming in the system, too, throwing for 266 yards and rushing for 61 more in a 36-35 overtime loss to Paul VI Catholic in the season opener for the Huskies. . . .

Sidwell Friends (1-0) was saved last week by sophomore linebacker Miles Brown, who recorded a tackle for loss on a two-point conversion attempt by Randolph-Macon with 20 seconds left, preserving a 35-34 win. The 6-1 268-pound Brown, who is a sophomore transfer from Pallotti, is a player who could develop into one of the area best linebackers, according to Sidwell Coach John Simon. “He’s a heckuva player,” Simon said. “He’s definitely a prospect.”

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