Kennedy defeated winless Walter Johnson, 20-7, yesterday in Silver Spring, ending Montgomery County's longest current losing streak at 22.
Kennedy (1-4) last won on Sept. 13, 1997, beating Blair, 12-3. Walter Johnson, which finished last season with seven straight wins, is 0-5.
"We're taking it back to basics," said Kennedy interim coach Tim McNeil, who took over 10 days ago when Joe Johnson resigned. "We really worked on fundamentals this week. . . . The kids came out and did a good job today."
Johnson left following a 26-0 defeat two weeks ago to Blake--a first-year varsity team with no seniors.
Senior running back Rufus McCoy rushed for 119 yards on 19 carries and caught a 42-yard touchdown pass to put Kennedy ahead 7-0 in the first quarter. Senior wide receiver Jermaine Middleton scored second-half touchdowns of 24 and 40 yards.
"It feels like I just got that monkey off my shoulders," Middleton said. "It feels so great. Coach McNeil is a great coach."
T.C. WILLIAMS 28, ANNANDALE 25: Efi Eyo and Michael Gabrielle co-authored a new chapter in the T.C. Williams record book in Alexandria. And it came at the expense of No. 19 Annandale.
Eyo, the Titans' senior quarterback, threw three second-half touchdown passes to junior wide receiver Gabrielle to rally T.C. Williams (3-2) from a 25-6 halftime deficit. Eyo was 4 of 5--all his completions going to Gabrielle--on the Titans' game-winning 50-yard drive that culminated with Warren Haines's 29-yard field goal with 15 seconds left.
Eyo completed 20 of 33 passes for 255 yards and three touchdowns, setting school records for attempts, completions and yardage. Gabrielle had 15 catches for 216 yards, both school records. His 31 catches--at the season's midway point--has already broken T.C. Williams's season mark of 28 (set in 1983 by Shawn McNeil).
Annandale (3-2) started fast behind the running of senior back Sam Karpoi, who scored on a 52-yard run in the first quarter for the Atoms' first score. Karpoi (89 rushing yards) added a two-yard run in the second quarter.