Rockville High Coach Jack Freeman claims he has several good, ordinary football players, but senior running back Randy Brown has been doing extraordinary things.
Last night, Brown, who rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries, took a screen pass and raced 61 yards for the game-winning touchdown with 2 minutes 59 seconds remaining. Greg Knoch then returned an interception 47 yards for a touchdown with 1:05 remaining to give Rockville a 20-8 victory over Richard Montgomery before a stunned homecoming crowd of approximately 1,500 at Richard Montgomery Stadium.
It was the second straight victory for Rockville (2-2), and its second consecutive fourth-quarter comeback. Last week, the Rams erased a 15-point, fourth-quarter deficit to defeat Wheaton, 24-23.
"Our kids don't quit," Freeman said. "We had one play left and it worked. Randy made the run. He's a champion."
Richard Montgomery (1-3) led 8-7 when Rockville called a timeout facing second and 18 on its 39. Freeman called for the screen and senior quarterback Mike Yoo (8 for 17, 140 yards) lobbed a pass to Brown, who outran four defenders down the left sideline and into the end zone.
"They were watching for the draw, so they went in when we faked it," said Brown, who has rushed for more than 100 yards in all four games this season. "[Wide receiver Tim] Beckwith threw a block, I ran outside of him and saw the end zone."
Three plays later, Knoch picked off Rockets quarterback Tavarise Cooper and sprinted 47 yards down the left sideline to put the game away.
The Rams controlled the first half, but trailed 8-7 at halftime. Rockville, which outgained Richard Montgomery 141-57 in the first half, scored first on a nine-play, 73-yard drive on its opening possession. On a fourth and three, Brown took a handoff and scooted outside for an eight-yard touchdown.
The Rams fumbled on their 26 late in second quarter to set up the Rockets' only score, a five-yard touchdown run by Cooper.
But that was the only offense the Rockets could generate, as Rockville's defense forced four turnovers and sacked Cooper five times.
"We did our jobs, we contained, and we made plays," said junior defensive lineman Marcus Bryant, who had two sacks. "That's the end of the game."
Rams junior linebacker Ralph Schwardtzback recovered a fumble at the Rockville 34 with four minutes remaining, and three plays later, Brown scored.
"That Brown kid is for real," Richard Montgomery Coach Mike Bonavia said. "He's better than our whole team. We were covering the draw and he went to the screen area."