Leadership in a high school quarterback is difficult to quantify, yet it was Jim Kemp's composure and experience as much as his passing and running that led 11th-ranked Churchill to a 38-6 Montgomery AA victory last night over visiting Wheaton.
A sometime starter last season as a sophomore, Kemp has emerged this year as one of suburban Maryland's better quarterbacks. Against Wheaton, he completed five of nine passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns. Kemp also rushed for 57 yards and scored one touchdown.
"Last year wasn't as much fun. We were losing and I didn't play as well as I knew I could," said Kemp, son of former Buffalo Bills quarterback and presidential hopeful Rep. Jack Kemp (R-N.Y.). "This year is completely different. Everyone is playing better and we are winning. That year's experience really makes a difference."
Bigger, stronger and more confident than last season, Kemp's first two passes told the story. Overthrowing an open receiver on the game's first play, he called the same play-action pass on the next set of downs, this time good for a 45-yard touchdown to tight end Maurice Ansellem. Tony de Guzman's conversion kick put Churchill ahead, 7-0, with 9:49 left in the first period.
Five minutes later, Kemp's 39-yard scamper down the left sideline set up the Bulldogs' second touchdown, a three-yard run by Mark Mason. Another de Guzman kick and Churchill led by 14-0.
De Guzman kicked 38- and 33-yard field goals in the second quarter, but Eric Reid's 99-yard kickoff return with two seconds left in the first half cut Churchill's lead to 20-6.
Kemp led Churchill to another touchdown on its first possession of the second half when he threw his second scoring pass, a 23-yarder to Noah Sanders for a 27-6 lead.
Kemp scored on a four-yard touchdown run three minutes into the fourth quarter and de Guzman added a 45-yard field goal with 5:10 left to play.
Churchill's defense was just as effective, if not as flashy, as its offense, keeping Wheaton bottled up in its territority all night and causing five turnovers. Wheaton (2-3) 0 6 0 0 6 Churchill (5-1) 14 6 7 11 38
C -- Ansellem 45 pass form Kemp (de Guzman kick)
C -- Mason 3 run (de Guzman kick)
C -- FG de Guzman 38
C -- FG de Guzman 33
W -- Reid 99 kickoff return (kick failed)
C -- Sanders 23 pass from Kemp (de Guzman kick)
C -- Kemp 4 run (Mason run)
C -- FG de Guzman 45