Weekend football report: D.C. and privates
Gonzaga has one of the area's best quarterbacks in Stanford recruit Kevin Hogan. The Eagles also have a strong running back in senior D'Lante Martino and a veteran offensive line that helped pave the way for a somewhat surprising 41-21 victory over host Georgetown Prep this past Saturday in a nonleague game.
The Little Hoyas, with their powerful running game, had opened some eyes in starting the season with two victories. But in the Jesuit Gridiron Classic, it was Gonzaga (2-1) that quickly took control.
Martino carried 12 times for 100 yards with four short touchdown runs and Hogan completed 12 of 21 passes for 186 yards and one touchdown. He also ran for another score as the Eagles improve to 2-1.
"After the way we played against McDonogh [in a 34-20 loss] to come back and play this way against Prep - who I think is better than McDonogh - is huge for us," Gonzaga first-year coach Aaron Brady said. "The big thing for me is to keep getting better."
Brady estimated that Hogan threw just one pass that was off the mark, another solid performance for the second-team All-Met.
"He wants to be the guy [who says], 'Give me the ball, I'll take us down the field,' " Brady said. "That's what I like about him. He has really taken that leadership role."
Around the area
Carroll freshman Jonathan Haden rushed for 158 yards and three touchdowns in a 51-0 victory over Owings Mills. The Lions (3-0) are the only undefeated team in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. ...
Good Counsel standout tight end-linebacker Vincent Croce did not play in a 35-13 victory over State College (Pa.) because of a sprained neck suffered in the Falcons' previous game. Coach Bob Milloy said that Croce could have played if necessary but that it was best to give him another week to recover. Good Counsel lineman Ryan Watson (sprained ankle) played only on offense, while running back Wes Brown remains out with a leg injury. ...
Dunbar senior wide receiver Daniel Adams was held out of the Crimson Tide's 56-0 victory over Anacostia last Friday, as the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association investigates Adams' eligibility. According to a DCIAA source with knowledge of the investigation, Adams transferred to Dunbar last summer from Northwestern, but questions linger about whether he resides in the District or Maryland. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Adams has several scholarship offers including Virginia, New Mexico, Illinois and West Virginia. ...
A week after nearly upsetting DeMatha, No. 18 Friendship Collegiate bounced back to win at Wheeling (W. Va.) Central Catholic, 26-16, behind nearly 200 yards rushing and three touchdown runs from junior Albert Reid. It was an effort, Knights Coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim said, that allowed Reid to permanently step out from the shadow cast by Friendship's leading rusher, senior Malcolm Crockett, who has unofficially committed to Cincinnati. "That game right there is going to get him some money," Abdul-Rahim said of Reid's scholarship chances. "He played like a man possessed."
The news wasn't all good for Friendship, though, as Calvert Hall had to cancel its Nov. 13 game with the Knights. According to Calvert Hall Athletic Director Lou Eckerl, his team was unaware that the school's open house is Nov. 14, and the campus must be vacant the preceding day in order to prepare. The game will not be made up.
Abdul-Rahim said he has had trouble scheduling opponents for both this season and next season after a Post investigation last March revealed a number of players on the school's boys' basketball team either resided in Maryland and didn't pay out-of-state tuition, or were playing their fifth season of high school ball, both violations of NFHS standards of competition. ...
Don't start booking Turkey Bowl plans yet, but Cardozo is 2-0 after a 34-18 victory over Spingarn last Friday. The Clerks, who haven't won more than three games in a season in more than a decade, have been led by senior John Young, who caught seven passes for 230 yards and touchdowns of 97 and 42 yards against Spingarn. He also returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown, ran a kickoff back 85 yards for a score, and made 10 tackles. The Clerks visit Eastern on Friday.