Montgomery 4A West

Gaithersburg survives scare, rallies past Walter Johnson

By Kent Zakour
The Gazette
Saturday, September 25, 2010; 12:02 AM

Gaithersburg can breathe a little easier to start Sherwood week. The Trojans didn't fall into a trap heading into their showdown next week against their Montgomery rivals, rallying from a first-half deficit to beat Walter Johnson, 27-14, in Bethesda.

"The kids started believing how good they were and everything, and it almost got them," Trojans Coach Kreg Kephart said. "I learned that they read the god dang papers and started believing their heads are bigger than their dang football helmets. But at halftime, I learned they can rise up. [Senior quarterback Zack] Fetters rose up. ¿ All our seniors rose up and played some dang football."

Even though the Trojans (4-0 overall, 3-0 Montgomery 4A West Division) were forced to punt on the opening drive of the second half, trailing 14-7, Fetters (9 of 20, 179 yards, 23 carries, 110 yards) set the tone. He took direct snaps and ran the ball four straight times through the Wildcats (1-3, 0-3) for 28 yards.

On the ensuing possession, Trojans senior Billy Brown intercepted Wildcats quarterback Cole Ahnell and returned the ball to the Wildcat 34-yard line. Six plays later, Fetters hooked up with Brown for a game-tying, 15-yard pass with 1 minute, 8 seconds remaining in the quarter.

In the fourth, Fetters capped a 55-yard drive with an 11-yard touchdown run. Later, he added insurance on defense with a 40-yard interception return for a touchdown.

"I had a fire in my heart the second half," Fetters said. "We had a little confrontation on sideline and that got us going."

Added Kephart: "He's determined and one hell of a football player. He does it all on for us."

Despite several penalties, the Trojans did not start slow. They forced a punt on the opening possession of the game. Five plays and 25 yards later, Fetters snuck the ball in from 2 yards out for the initial touchdown of the contest at the 7:27 mark of the first quarter.

The Wildcats responded early in the second quarter on a reverse that senior Ryan Davis took 67 yards to pay dirt. Following a Fetters interception, they struck again on a 40-yard pass from Ahnell to running back Alex Schiponi for a 14-7 lead 1:22 before the half.

"We came out with our heads looking towards Sherwood," Fetters said. "If we do that again, a team will do what WJ did to us in the first half. ¿ I can guarantee you that we aren't looking past next week."

Sherwood defeated Magruder 38-6.

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