River Hill defeats Reservoir, 41-19, in Howard County high school football

River Hill toppled their Howard County rival Reservoir, 41-19, at River Hill's Friday night homecoming game.
By James Wagner
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, September 24, 2010; 11:17 PM

For the past two years, River Hill running back Aaron Wells played junior varsity football at Good Counsel, hoping to eventually make the varsity squad.

Then his parents told him before this season that they were going to move him from the private school to his local public school. The move sent him from one talent-rich, dominant football team to another.

Wells gladly accepted the change, knowing that the seventh-ranked Hawks were an unmatched power in Howard County, winners of consecutive state titles in 2007 and 2008.

On Friday night in Clarksville, Wells took advantage of the running lanes created by his offensive line and rushed for 251 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries to lead his new team to a 41-19 win over visiting Reservoir (3-1).

When the game's first two possessions netted quick touchdowns for both teams, it looked as if it would be a battle between two strong offenses.

But River Hill (4-0) used five players to amass 433 rushing yards, which spelled trouble for Reservoir's defense. And an annoying Hawks rush, led by linebacker Max Williams, slowed down Gators quarterback E.J. Montgomery, the county's leading passer, and got the ball back into Wells's hands.

"We were trying to get pressure on [Montgomery] and not let him get back and get his throws in," said Williams, a 6-foot, 185-pound senior who helped make two sacks. "And we just asked our pass defense to give us a couple seconds and we were blitzing on every play."

Though it trailed since the end of the first quarter, Reservoir showed some flashes of brilliance. The Gators broke off a 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by senior running back and defensive back Jimmy Thomas. And when he had time, Montgomery completed passes of 80 and 63 yards to wide receiver Kyle Mitchell - which helped build some confidence.

"Our guys are pretty confident players," Reservoir Coach Bryan Cole said. "So they are disappointed in their performance, as they should be, because a lot of the mistakes that were made were mistakes, fumbles, lost yards. I mean, we lost valuable field position and that's how they scored three of those touchdowns."

With the win, the Hawks extended their regular-season winning streak over Howard County schools to 46 games. Following the victory, Wells admitted he knew a lot about River Hill's rich winning tradition before arriving,

"I always knew they were pretty good," he said. "And with great coaching you can do anything."

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