Redskins' Montgomery Lets His Play Do the Talking

The ability to play center and guard helped former Centreville and Virginia Tech player Will Montgomery, left, make the Redskins' roster.
The ability to play center and guard helped former Centreville and Virginia Tech player Will Montgomery, left, make the Redskins' roster. (By Pablo Martinez Monsivais -- Associated Press)
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By Paul Tenorio
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, September 25, 2009

Former Centreville football coach Mike Skinner chuckled when asked to recall a moment that best summarized Will Montgomery, the Washington Redskins offensive lineman competing this week to replace injured guard Randy Thomas.

Skinner could have picked a number of memories: Montgomery trying out at quarterback as a wiry freshman, him playing tight end as a 175-pound sophomore tight end, or him showing up for football weightlifting on the day he was the starting pitcher for Centreville's baseball team in the state tournament.

Really, though, there was only one real choice: the 2000 state championship game. Centreville had blown a 28-point lead, and with just 1 minute 17 seconds left on the clock, its opponent, Deep Creek, was lined up for a two-point conversion that would tie the score. ("If it went to overtime, we were done," Skinner said.) Montgomery, a two-way starter who had played every snap of the game, blasted through the line, sniffing out an option call.

With Deep Creek's DeAngelo Hall awaiting a pitch, Montgomery took down the quarterback before he could get rid of the ball, sealing the win for the Wildcats.

"As a head coach, [Montgomery] is the reason I have a state title," Skinner said. "Don't get me wrong: A lot of guys on the team were great players. But he made the play that sealed that victory for us. . . . Greatest play I've been around. He doesn't make the play, they score. It's blocked [and] they got it."

Hall, now Montgomery's teammate on the Redskins, was asked whether he knew who made that critical play nine years ago.

"I know Will," Hall said. "Me and Will went to [Virginia] Tech together, and I don't think he was the one that caught him in the backfield."

Told that it was indeed Montgomery who made the play, Hall still was not convinced.

"I never heard Will talk about it," he said. "We have been together for a long time, so I thought he would've mentioned that. But I would've whooped his [butt] by now had I known all that. Good play."

The play encompassed all that Montgomery was about, Skinner said.

"He doesn't say much," Skinner said. "He's very quiet, but he's very reliable, very dependable."

The reserved Montgomery might not say much, but this year he has proven his worth through that same reliable play.

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