No. 20 McDonough made Bladensburg's debut in the Maryland state football playoffs a nightmare.
The Rams offense piled up 340 rushing yards and its defense forced six turnovers in rolling to a 40-6 win over the Mustangs in a Class 3A quarterfinal at Bladensburg. Sherron Gudger led the way with 145 yards on 24 carries.
McDonough (10-1) won for the sixth straight week to advance to the semifinals. It will play on Friday at Northern (11-0), the only team to defeat the Rams, in the fifth week of of the season.
After a scoreless first quarter, McDonough found the end zone on its first series of the second quarter.
The Rams, who executed their misdirection offense to near perfection throughout the game and did not commit a turnover, drove the ball 65 yards in 16 plays and 7:13. Quarterback Ryan Gick capped the drive with a one-yard keeper at 3:22 before halftime.
"They couldn't pick up the misdirection," said Gudger. "It was hurting them badly."
Bladensburg (8-3) mounted a drive from their 35 on the ensuing series. A pass interference call moved the ball to midfield. Freshman Jamal Francois then had runs of 11 and 13 yards to move the ball to the 10. The drive stalled there as Francois' pass on fourth down fell incomplete.
"That was a big key," said McDonough Coach Larry Johnson. "We had the momentum going into the locker room."
On the first play of the second half, defensive back Kevin Beall intercepted a Francois pass and returned the ball 20 yards before being knocked out of bounds at the 20.
Two plays later, Lee Roosevelt (12 carries, 95 yards) took a pitchout and raced 16 yards for a touchdown. The score was 12-0 after the two-point conversion failed.
McDonough made it 20-0 moments before the end of the third quarter. Gudger posted his 19th touchdown of the season by capping the six-play, 38-yard drive with a one-yard plunge. Gick passed to Mike Mona for the two-point conversion.
On Bladensburg's next possession, Travis Call made his second interception of the game when Francois threw over the middle. Three plays later Roosevelt burst 17 yards up the middle for his second touchdown. Mike Loredo's kick made it 27-0.