In the second quarter of Wootton’s 43-20 rout of Whitman Friday night, the gregarious Patriots’ public address announcer alerted the crowd to the presence of some “celebrities” in their midst, among them, University of Maryland star receiver Stefon Diggs.
As necks craned to find the former Good Counsel standout, his younger brother Trevon leapt for a Sam Ellis pass deep in the back of the end zone, gracefully keeping his feet in bounds as he grabbed a touchdown and the crowd’s attention.
Trevon said he enjoys having his brother on the sideline, that Stefon helps him correct in-game mistakes, that he doesn’t mind the spotlight Stefon attracts.
But the sophomore’s play spoke louder than even that vocal P.A. announcer Friday, as the younger Diggs announced himself as an undeniable talent — not just the younger brother of one.
Diggs made numerous highlight reel plays against Whitman (2-2, 1-1 Montgomery 4A South), including one catch on the sideline made with toes planted barely inbounds, body and arms leaning out of bounds where his brother stood just feet away. Diggs also made players miss on several occasions, causing one Patriot parent on the sideline to exclaim: “He’s like Harry Houdini! There’s no way he could’ve escaped that!”
“I don’t really like getting the ball deep, jump balls. I like getting it and making something happen, making exciting plays,” Diggs said. “I like getting the ball and going.”
Time and time again, that’s exactly what he did, whether with constantly moving feet or pure breakaway speed — which is what he showed when he picked up a Whitman fumble and rocketed to the sideline, away from the pack, and up the field for an 82-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
“He’s such a good player,” said quarterback Ellis of Diggs. “He’s on the field pretty much the whole game; offense, defense, special teams. He does everything we need him to do.”
Ellis did everything the Patriots (3-1, 3-1) needed and more Friday, completing 27 of 44 passes for 330 yards and four touchdowns. Senior Jibri Woods caught eight balls for 82 yards, two of them for touchdowns, while Kwame Frimpong delivered the late-game dagger when he turned a deep Ellis toss into an even deeper 70-yard touchdown.
But it was the younger Diggs and his can’t-miss, make-people-miss moves that stole the show Friday. He already has offers from Maryland, Virginia and Nebraska, to name a few, and proved the most powerful weapon in an ultra-explosive Patriots attack with 11 catches for 109 yards and the touchdown.