Churchill's backfield rushed 48 times for 245 yards last night as the Bulldogs dominated Richard Montgomery, 23-0, in a Montgomery County nonleague football game at Churchill.
Playing before 3,500 and under the lights at home for the first time, the Bulldogs (2-0) pulled ahead early and went on to limit the Rockets (1-1) to 90 total yards.
Churchill sophomore Mark Mason, who didn't play organized football last year, ran 15 times for 93 yards (68 by halftime) and a touchdown. Senior Jeff Leventhal gained 85 yards on 15 carries and had a touchdown.
"We totally dominated this game, offensively and defensively," Churchill Coach Fred Shepherd said. "The idea was to go to the ground game and everything turned out all right."
Senior Reggie Shepherd, who is Churchill's top running back, did not play because of a sprained left ankle. He is expected to play next week at Gaithersburg.
The Bulldogs scored on their first possession and never were challenged. The first drive lasted more than six minutes and included 10 rushes for 67 yards. On his first carry of the game, Mason went 22 yards to the Rockets' 33-yard line.
After a 19-yard run by Tracy Stott, the Bulldogs needed four plays to score, the touchdown coming on a 10-yard pass from Jim Kemp to Fred Sollock with 5:44 left in the quarter. The kick failed.
Montgomery, a Class A school, managed only 34 total yards in the first half. On their first possession, Rockets quarterback Al Avery was intercepted by Matt McClellan.
Churchill made it 14-0 late in the second quarter when Mason capped a 45-yard drive with a 13-yard run around the left side. The key play was a 12-yard run by Leventhal on third and seven from the Rockets' 31.
"I got a hole to go through and I was able to get to the outside," Mason said. "I bounced off one man and then I got a cheap shot in the end zone."
Churchill had 153 yards on 25 rushes in the first half.
The Bulldogs continued their domination in the second half, except for a brief scare early in the third quarter. Thurlow Carey recovered a Mason fumble at Churchill's 24, but the Rockets were stopped on fourth down from the 8-yard line.