Churchill has won four straight games and shut out its last two opponents -- Paint Branch and Springbrook. The Bulldogs (5-1), who have not allowed a score since the third quarter in Week 4, have been sparked by senior middle linebacker James Gregory and senior nose guard Diego Innecco.
"They're a pretty good one-two punch," Churchill Coach Jamie Collins said. "Diego stuffs up the linemen, makes it tough to find a hole, and when the running back does find a hole, James is right there to shut it down."
Collins said Gregory has made approximately 50 percent of the team's tackles because the defense is designed to funnel runners to him.
"He just knows how to find the football," Collins said. "And when he hits you, he knows how to finish the tackle."
Sleight of Hand
Damascus All-Met running back Matt Reidy has rushed for more than 100 yards in each of his last four starts. But the threat of Reidy running has been effective as well.
Last Friday in the Hornets' 26-20 victory over Quince Orchard, Damascus's first two touchdowns were set up by plays that appeared to be Reidy runs.
The first came on a fourth-and-three play from the Quince Orchard 30-yard line. The Hornets ran what looked to be a speed option play with Reidy, but when quarterback Jason Sprankle pitched the ball, receiver Austin Bernardo caught it as he was coming from the opposite direction. Bernardo then threw to Travis Wertz for a score. On Damascus's next possession, Reidy took a pitch from Sprankle, pulled up and lofted a pass to Wertz for a 59-yard touchdown.
"People are loading up to take away Matt," Damascus Coach Dan Makosy said. "So we try to take advantage of that."
Richard Montgomery running back Steve Weedon needed just six games to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark. In last week's 35-19 victory over Blake, Weedon rushed for 189 yards on 20 carries, giving him 1,003 yards on the season -- tops among Montgomery County public school players and fourth-best in the Washington area.
Weedon, who also starts at linebacker, is averaging 9.1 yards per carry and has rushed for seven touchdowns. . . .
Northwest senior running back Tony Nelson made the most of his four carries last Friday in the third-ranked Jaguars' 27-24 victory over Kennedy, rushing for touchdowns of 60, 19, 63 and 64 yards. . . .
Whitman senior running back Robert Roman exploded for a career-high 229 yards on 18 carries last Friday in the Vikings' 21-6 victory over Magruder. Roman had gained 241 yards in the Vikings' first five games.