Moore leads Magruder past Watkins Mill, 20-14

By Joey Sabet
For The Gazette
Friday, October 1, 2010; 11:21 PM

When the Magruder football team came out of the visitors' locker room after halftime Friday in Montgomery Village, it was trailing Watkins Mill by one point and had run a total of 13 offensive plays.

On its opening drive of the second half, the Colonels ran 14 plays, 11 of which went to junior halfback Marcus Moore, ending in a touchdown. Magruder would add another score then hold off a furious late rally, beating the Wolverines, 20-14.

"Coaches fired us up, and after halftime came out with some nice power blocking, and that opened up holes for me," Moore said.

After only carrying the ball six times in the entire first half, Moore had 22 touches in the second half. Including his time in the secondary, he rarely left the field.

His first touchdown of the game came on his last carry, a one-yard score that put Magruder (3-2 overall, 2-1 Montgomery 4A East Division) up, 20-7, with 5 minutes, 18 seconds remaining in the game.

Although the second half was largely a struggle for Watkins Mill (3-2, 3-1 Montgomery 3A) -- it had three offensive snaps in the first 19 minutes of the second half -- quarterback Sam Taylor engineered a quick scoring drive down the field.

It ended when, on a halfback option, Pat Schlosser took the pitch from Taylor, then hit J.R. Gibson in the back of the end zone for a 10-yard strike; the point after made it 20-14.

With only 2:32 on the game clock, Watkins Mill needed to recover the onside kick, or Magruder could bleed most of the clock away. There was a timeout before the first attempt, then an offsides call on the Wolverines moved the ball back 5 yards.

On the third attempt, Schlosser's bouncer hit Matt Miller, who had recovered the first attempt, negated by the timeout. The ball bounced off Miller's chest and was picked up by Kyle Hall, and the Wolverines were still alive.

Magruder was able to force Watkins Mill into a long fourth-down attempt, thanks in part to a Wolverine penalty that negated a first down. In desperation, Taylor lofted a pass to Deontray George, who made a diving catch on the sideline, but the referees ruled him out of bounds, and Magruder was able to run out the clock.

"Early I tried to 'out-formation' them, but in the second half we said, 'Let's just run right at them until they can stop us,' and the guys came through with it," Magruder coach Shawn Prather said.

Watkins Mill controlled the ball in the first half, but was only able to score the one touchdown, a Taylor sneak after a 16-play drive that ate up 8 minutes in the first quarter.

Magruder struck first when an incomplete pass on a fake punt gave them possession deep in Wolverine territory. Garland Owens floated one up to Jakub Lizon that just went past the hands of two defenders for a 34-yard scoring strike.

The Wolverines have now lost two in a row after starting the season with three straight wins, and tough tests loom in the coming weeks in Damascus and Seneca Valley.

"Our guys thought they could just show up and win the game, and that's a problem," Watkins Mill coach Joe Rydzewski said. "We couldn't stop them [in the second half] and we've got to figure out why."

Notes: Magruder sophomore running back Tyrit Jackson left late in the first quarter with a right leg injury and did not return. Watkins Mill was withouth Daniel Upson, who suffered a bruised lung in last week's loss to Clarksburg.

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