B-CC tops Northwest, moves to 3-0

By Andy McAlpine
Special to The Gazette
Friday, September 17, 2010; 12:25 AM

For the first time since 1995, the Bethesda-Chevy Chase football team walked off the field Thursday night with a 3-0 record.

Senior Matt Bookman ran for 108 yards and two touchdowns, and quarterback K.C. Cotting threw for 154 yards and two more scores, as B-CC turned in a 27-17 victory over winless Northwest. But as the Barons (1-0 Montgomery 4A West Division) struggled to put away the game on a rain-soaked field, they realized how much work they have to do before facing more battle-tested division rivals.

"It's great," said Bookman, who has helped B-CC win seven of its last eight games dating back to last season. "We expected this to happen; it's been a goal of ours since the offseason. We had a lot of seniors who helped us finish strong last year, and it's carried over into this year. We have 22 seniors who can lead this team."

It did not take long for the Barons to show that their quick start in 2010 is no fluke. Behind their primary offensive weapons, and a 38-yard pass from Cotting to senior receiver Terrence James, B-CC took its second possession 73 yards in 10 plays. The 5-foot-9, 185-pound Bookman blasted his way into the end zone for the first time with 1 minute, 55 seconds left in the first quarter.

DeAndre Cooper kept the momentum going in the second quarter when he intercepted Northwest quarterback Matt Callahan and returned it for an apparent touchdown. But the Barons were called for roughing the passer, and set up again on the Jaguars' 32-yard line. No problem: Bookman took the handoff and ran 32 yards for a 14-0 lead with 6:48 left in the half.

Even when Northwest (0-3, 0-2) put points on the board with a 19-yard field goal by Deandre Lefeged, B-CC had an answer. On the very next play from scrimmage, Cotting hit Cooper for a 60-yard bomb that resulted in a 21-3halftime lead.

"We had a very good first half, especially considering it was a short week," B-CC coach Rich Noland said. "I thought we came out strong and played well. But we got sloppy in the second half. And I think a big part of that is because we're still learning to play with a lead."

After allowing just 44 total yards ¿ and only 2 yards net rushing ¿ in the first half, the Barons struggled to keep their intensity after the break. Northwest jumped on the opportunity and marched its first series 61 yards in 12 plays to set up a 7-yard scoring strike from Callahan to Brian Duruji.

In fact, Northwest accumulated 200 total yards in the second half and twice pulled to within two scores, but never found a way to seriously challenge B-CC's lead.

"We did play with a lot of enthusiasm, but we just came up short," Jaguars coach Bob Hampton said. "They didn't lay down. We just have to find a way to get over that hump."

B-CC took a 27-10 lead when Cotting hit Nick Halo for a 15-yard touchdown pass, and again watched as Northwest clawed back to within striking distance on a 12-yard pass from Callahan to Davonne Ford with its next possession.

But that was as close as the Jaguars could get. Despite a lengthy drive that consumed much of the game's final 3 minutes, Northwest could not reach the end zone. Callahan completed 17 of 39 passes for 182 yards, but threw four interceptions. Duruji led the Jaguars with 70 yards on six catches.

James was B-CC's top receiver, hauling in four catches for 121 yards.

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