One of the worst kept secrets in Montgomery County is just how much of Whitman's offense centers on fullback Pat Lazear. After all, it's not exactly something Lazear could hide after scoring seven touchdowns in the Vikings' last two games.
But opposing defenses are quickly finding out that keying on Lazear isn't quite as effective anymore with the development of quarterback Greg Kingscott adding a new wrinkle into the Vikings' offense.
Kingscott was a model of efficiency during a 47-7 win over Bethesda-Chevy Chase (4-2) on Friday, completing 9 of 11 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown. He threw the ball to five different receivers and completed his first six passes of the game as the Vikings (3-3) rolled to a 28-7 halftime lead.
The Vikings came out throwing on the first two drives, which cleared the running lanes for Lazear, who ran for three first-half touchdowns.
"Most of the time teams key on me," Lazear said. "But when Greg does that it opens things up for me and they never expect him to do that. So Greg can just throw all over teams."
A Nice Recovery
When Gaithersburg quarterback Rodney Mickens went down with an ankle injury during the fourth quarter against Northwest on Sept. 30, the prospects of a quick return looked bleak at best when he showed up the next day with crutches and an air cast.
But by Monday he was in a walking splint, by Tuesday he said he was ready to practice and by Wednesday he was walking through plays with the team. The rain postponed the Trojans' game against Churchill from Oct. 7 to Oct. 10, and Mickens was able to line up behind center with a few extra days of rest behind him.
Though his role was somewhat limited because of Gaithersburg's effective ground game, Mickens finished 3 of 5 passing for 68 yards and a score in a 28-14 win over Churchill. Then in a 47-3 win over Walter Johnson on Friday he completed 4 of 7 passes for 90 yards and a touchdown.
Kephart said he won't overload Mickens with too many responsibilities, especially while he's still only about 90 percent recovered from his injury. But his mere presence in the huddle served as a morale booster for his teammates.
"He's only a junior, but other than one or two other guys on the team he's the biggest leader we've got," Coach Kreg Kephart said of Mickens. "Part of it is the position he plays and part of it is his personality. He's just a natural-born leader."
Still a Contender
Despite losing nine offensive starters from last year's regional finalist team, Churchill is right back in the thick of the playoff chase after a 17-0 win over Springbrook on Friday.
There are a number of encouraging signs for the Bulldogs (3-3), not the least of which is the play of senior quarterback Greg Goldberg, who is proving himself in his first year as a starter. Goldberg, at only 5 foot 7 and 150 pounds, has completed 61 of 113 passes this season for 726 yards and nine touchdowns. Against Springbrook (3-3) he was 13 of 24 for 123 yards and a score.
Goldberg is thriving under the college-style, multiple-set offense installed by first-year offensive coordinator Gunnard Twyner, a veteran of both the NFL and the Arena Football League. The offense has kept things fresh for Churchill, allowing them to utilize different schemes from one game to the next and giving the receivers more freedom to adjust their routes on the fly depending on what look the defense is showing.
"I think they enjoy the fresh factor," Coach Jamie Collins said. "We don't have the big 250-pound or 300-pound lineman that can just bowl you over and play smash-mouth football. We have smart linemen, athletic receivers and a quarterback who can throw the ball on the run and hit the open receiver. They're excited that we're playing to our strengths."