Quarterback Zack Fetters leads Gaithersburg to 22-7 victory over Clarksburg
Friday, September 17, 2010; 12:49 AM
Zack Fetters spent most of his time this past summer without a football in his hands. Gaithersburg's senior quarterback didn't need to work on the accuracy, speed or distance of his delivery. More than anything, he knew he needed to get tougher.
So Fetters spent the summer working on his conditioning and added 20 pounds of muscle to his 6-foot-3, 195-pound frame. It paid off Thursday night at Clarksburg, where Fetters shook off the steady rain to complete 12 passes, including a pair of touchdown passes on fourth down, to lead the Trojans to a 22-7 Montgomery nonleague victory.
Fetters also rushed for 66 yards and another score, and showed he could deliver a head-shaking hit from his free safety spot.
Armed with confidence, Gaithersburg (3-0) is playing a brand of football rare to the program for the better part of the past decade. Flanking the versatile Fetters under center, the Trojans have several talented playmakers at the skill positions, which allow them to run some four-wide receiver sets as well as let Fetters run the option.
"The potential for this team is amazing," Fetters said. "We have something special here, but we have to work to take advantage of it."
Gaithersburg took advantage right away, recovering a Clarksburg fumble on the opening kickoff at the Coyotes 39. Six plays later, on fourth and goal at the 15, Fetters hit his third different receiver on the drive, finding Billy Brown on a fade to the left corner. The extra point failed and Gaithersburg went up 6-0.
Clarksburg's Naim Reid took the ensuing kickoff right up the middle of the field, hardly getting touched by the Trojans en route to a 93-yard touchdown return that put Clarksburg up 7-6.
Late in the half, though, Fetters, on fourth and 12 at the Clarksburg 15, threw a lob into the left corner of the end zone that 6-4 Sylvester Oni leapt and snagged for a touchdown. The two-point conversion made it 14-7.
Sparked by a couple of Clarksburg turnovers and a decisive edge in field position, Gaithersburg dominated more than the scoreboard indicated. Gaithersburg had the ball nearly 181/2 minutes longer than Clarksburg (1-2) and shut down the Coyotes' run-heavy offense, holding them to just 48 total yards. Clarksburg's offense did not cross midfield.
"I was worried a lot," Gaithersburg Coach Kreg Kephart said, "because they have the kind of offense that gave us trouble in the scrimmages. But I knew that if we could get up two [scores] then they'd have to scrap that."
Gaithersburg ran more than twice as many plays from scrimmage as the Coyotes, and only 17 of the game's 94 plays from scrimmage occurred on the Trojans' side of the field.
Dee Brown led a gang of Trojans to sack Clarksburg quarterback Matt Masson for a safety in the final minute of the third quarter to make it 16-7. Fetters closed out the scoring midway through the fourth quarter on a one-yard sneak.