Blair High School football teams have won only 27 percent of their games (54-139-6) since winning the Montgomery AA title and finishing 9-0 in the fall of 1964.
Andre Williams, sports editor of the Silver Chips, Blair's student newspaper, kept a diary of the 1984 season in which expectations were high, but in the end, bacame another disastrous 1-9 campaign.
The following are Williams' notes.
B-CC 20, Blair 12
In one of Montgomery County's oldest rivalries, the Barons won the season opener. Lloyd Morrison helped Blair score first with a five-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Trailing, 7-6, at halftime, Blair came back when Ray Moreno threw a 29-yard touchdown to wide receiver Arnold Jackson. After moving ahead, 14-12, B-CC clinched victory by recovering a Blair fumble at the Blazer 34.
"The guys were so pumped up that missing the extra points didn't bother them," said Coach William Lindsey. "Later on they began to realize the importance of making the extra point. Our problem is getting them to settle down so we can make the extra point attempts. We felt that we could win the game even though we were down, 14-12.
Blair 6, Walter Johnson 0
Gerald Savage returned a kickoff 95 yards to start the second half as the Blazers won their only game of the season.
Although Blair failed to take advantage of numerous scoring opportunities, the Blazers did accumulate 231 yards and 11 first downs. Walter Johnson reached Blair's six early in the third quarter, but couldn't score.
"We played better at B-CC as a team," said defensive tackle John Zappo. "We lose so much because of our lack of confidence. We do, however, have plenty of physical specimens on this team. It's all a matter of how you play. Today a lot of people didn't play well but we still won."
"Our passing wasn't there so we went to the run," said Moreno. "We aren't like the average Blair football team. We are here to have a winning season. We have two excellent running backs in Lloyd (Morrison) and Gerald (Savage)."
Magruder 28, Blair 0
The Colonials scored 14 points in each of the first two quarters en route to victory. Nothing Blair did offensively succeeded against Magruder's defense.
Neither Savage, who gained 169 yards total offense against Walter Johnson, nor Morrison, who rushed for 107 yards against B-CC, could gain yardage against Magruder. Morrison had 13 yards on five rushes and Savage minus three on two carries.
"We had some sacks that took away the yardage that we did have," said Lindsey. "Our passing game was not there. I thought it was a classic example of getting behind early and fighting to come back. Our character was strong in the second half, but to be behind by 28 points and not be able to score was a tough pill to swallow."
Kennedy 24, Blair 8
Blair was plagued with seven personal fouls; two led to Kennedy touchdowns. Trying to avoid a second straight shutout by a top 20 team, Lindsey changed quarterbacks. Shawn Clifton, in for Moreno, connected with tight end Timmy Haynes on a 50-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter.
"We are starting to hit a little bit more and gang tackle on defense," said defensive back Mike Holland. "But the only positive thing we got out of this game is that we know we could hang with them. They were no better than us."
Paint Branch 21, Blair 7
Blair had its best offensive outing by gaining 247 total yards but Paint Branch took advantage of Blair's mental mistakes to win.
Early in the second quarter, Moreno threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Clarence Williams. Darnell Matthews made the conversion kick to tie the game at 7. Matthew's kick was the first made by Blair this season. Moreno, in his best outing, completed five of 16 passes for 86 yards.
"If it wasn't for the four interceptions that we threw inside the 35, we could have beaten Paint Branch," said defensive back Tony Proctor. "If we had size we would be in the top 20 because we are really good. We just have to stop making mistakes at inopportune times. Nobody passes on us; they run against us. They know one thing and that is Blair will commit mistakes."
Einstein 21, Blair 14
Holding on to a 14-point halftime lead became a problem in the second half on homecoming Saturday.
Midway through the first quarter, Savage scored on a three-yard run. In the second quarter, Moreno threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Jackson. Blair couldn't move the ball while Einstein capitalized on Blair mistakes and the running of Aaron Baltimore.
"At halftime we didn't think we had enough points to be guaranteed victory," said Morrison. "When Einstein made the big plays, the players just thought that we were beaten when we really weren't."
Poolesville 27, Blair 8
Blair fell behind 13-0 in the first quarter and didn't find the end zone until late in the game. Clifton, starting his first game, ran 38 yards down the sidelines for Blair's lone score. Clifton threw to Williams for the two-point conversion.
"We had too many breakdowns and turnovers," said running back Ronald Jean Phillippe. "We thought we had a good chance to beat Poolesville. Irving Smith's 80-yard touchdown run against us was disappointing. We fumbled at the wrong times and it cost us."
Rockville 36, Blair 8
All that could go wrong for Blair did. Rockville quarterback Jovi McAndrew had a field day, throwing for four touchdowns and Peter Davis ran for two. Blair managed 152 total yards, but only 19 came through the air.
"We were asleep this game," said center Pete Curan. "We didn't play as a team. When Rockville scored on us, we just got down emotionally because most of us had to come back and face them on offense. We were so upset by giving up a touchdown that we could not generate any offense of our own."
Woodward 15, Blair 8
Running back Larurant Ballitt scored his only touchdown of the season on a nine-yard burst with 4:30 to play that gave the Blazers an 8-7 lead.
The winning touchdown came after a bad snap on a punt gave Woodward possession on the Blair eight. Blair's last chance ended with Haynes catching a deflected pass at the Woodward 34 as time ran out.
"I guess we tried too hard to get downfield," said Haynes. "Our minds were so much on trying to catch the ball that when we did, we weren't aware of the time."
Easton 48, Blair 8
Blair trailed 40-8 at halftime. Moreno threw a 65-yard touchdown pass to Haynes shortly before halftime for Blair's touchdown. Easton gained 706 total yards.
"I expected us to go at least .500," said Williams. "I expected a wide-open offense but we kept the ball on the ground a lot. It's very disappointing because at the beginning of the year we played hard-nosed football. I have been on the team for three years and every year after the first game we went downhill."