Montgomery 4A West
Whitman defeats Bethesda-Chevy Chase, 44-7, in Montgomery County high school football
Before he could arrive, however, the ball had already been fumbled, and Djidotor couldn't get his sack. Instead, he jumped onto the loose ball for a fumble recovery.
The play was the opening act for a dominating performance from the Vikings' defense, which led Whitman (3-1) to its 11th consecutive victory over its cross-town rival Barons, 44-7, in a Montgomery County 4A West game in Bethesda.
In the first half alone Whitman forced four turnovers - two fumbles and two interceptions - allowed just two plays longer than four yards, gave up two first downs (one via penalty) and held B-CC to minus-10 yards of offense.
"We knew they were going to come out confident and so we decided that if we can just dominate from the first play then that'll make our third, our fourth and even our second quarter so much easier," senior linebacker Jeff Gruen said. "So what we did is we basically just went all out and basically just tired ourselves out on the first couple drives because we knew that that was just going to carry over for the rest of the game."
B-CC (3-1) hasn't defeated Whitman since 1999, and despite the Barons' entering this year's contest with a perfect record, it was apparent early on that the Vikings were intent on maintaining their undefeated record in the rivalry this millennium.
Two B-CC turnovers deep in its own territory directly resulted in Whitman touchdowns. And when it appeared a B-CC sack and Whitman penalty had knocked the Vikings out of scoring range to perhaps spark some momentum for the Barons, Whitman quarterback Henry Kuhn spun away from pressure on fourth and 30, rolled out and found Rico Djidotor in the back of the end zone for the first of two touchdown catches.
"Our defense was awesome," Kuhn said. "Tony Atkinson runs the defense, he's the middle linebacker, he does a great job and he does set up our scores. The reason we had 44 [points] tonight was 'cause of him. Without that we're a slow offense, we don't score points that well, but the defense helped us out tons with [four] turnovers."
Whitman continued its dominance in the second half, scoring on its opening drive and then, after giving up a 28-yard touchdown pass, returning with two more scores - a 28-yard touchdown pass from Kuhn and a 34-yard punt return from Arsalan Nejad.
It was a major win for a team that felt it still had to prove itself this season, and also had to continue its dominance in the rivalry.
"We came out with motivation, especially after last week, the tough loss to [Quince Orchard], we felt like we should have had it," Kuhn said. "And then B-CC was talking a lot of smack on Facebook and they painted our field, so we had tons of motivation going into this game. They thought they were awesome, better than us, and we came out and proved a point."