Michael Blackman scored three of his four touchdowns during a 21-point third quarter to help No. 9 Damascus beat visiting Sherwood, 35-15, last night in a Montgomery County 4A game.
Blackman, a senior, caught three passes -- all for touchdowns. He added a kickoff return for a touchdown and finished with 234 all-purpose yards to help the Swarmin' Hornets improve to 8-1 and all but lock up a berth in the Maryland playoffs.
Sherwood (5-4) was eliminated from playoff contention.
After Sherwood's Eddie Beccles scored his area-best 22nd touchdown of the season on a 25-yard pass from Shai Warsaw in the first quarter, Joe Tippit tied the score at 7 with a two-yard touchdown run later in the quarter.
Blackman scored his first touchdown in the second quarter on a 13-yard pass from Mac Mollet, giving the Swarmin' Hornets a 14-7 lead heading into halftime.
Blackman wasted no time becoming the catalyst of Damascus's big third quarter, taking the opening kickoff of the second half 85 yards for a touchdown. Blackman scored two more times in the quarter, on passes from Mollet of 50 and 21 yards.
Mollet, who entered the game as Maryland's fifth-leading passer, completed 10 of 17 passes for 187 yards.
Warsaw completed 16 of 27 passes for 243 yards. Brian Hanna caught five passes for 105 yards.
DUNBAR 50, T. ROOSEVELT 0: Michael Coles completed 13 of 15 passes for 170 yards and four touchdowns as visiting Dunbar rolled past Theodore Roosevelt in a D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association game.
Coles completed touchdown passes of 26 and 13 yards to Steven Savoy as well as passes of 25 and 30 yards to James Lynch and Ronald Mitchell, respectively, for Dunbar (5-3-1, 2-0 DCIAA West). Dunbar has won 12 consecutive games against DCIAA opponents.
Roosevelt fell to 3-5, 1-2 in the DCIAA.
Savoy finished with eight receptions for 82 yards, and Mitchell finished with 55 yards on two catches. Aside from his touchdown reception, Lynch had 124 yards rushing on 13 carries.
On defense, Serak Williams led the Crimson Tide to the shutout with eight tackles and two sacks. Lynch, William Hibler and Marcus Wimbush had an interception apiece.
Jerome Bowling, Octavius Williams and Larry Brown added touchdown runs for Dunbar, which is tied with Wilson for first place in the DCIAA West.
WATKINS MILL 34, WHITMAN 0: Senior B.J. Jacobs scored three touchdowns -- two on offense and one on defense -- as host Watkins Mill won its fifth consecutive game in a Montgomery County 4A game in Gaithersburg.
Watkins Mill improved to 8-1 overall and 7-1 in Montgomery 4A, where it is one game behind leader Gaithersburg. Whitman is 3-5, 3-6.
Jacobs scored twice in the first quarter -- on a 10-yard run and a 21-yard interception return -- and added a six-yard touchdown run during the fourth quarter. He finished with 82 yards on nine carries.
Senior Chris Jews rushed for a game-high 136 yards for Watkins Mill, including an 81-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Adam Bradley added a nine-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Jacobs, Chris Kimbler and Andres Mele each had an interception that helped Watkins Mill to the shutout. The Wolverines' opponents are averaging only nine points per game.