Throughout last night's Montgomery County 4A league game, Magruder did more to kill its own playoff chances than Watkins Mill. Needing a victory to stay alive, Magruder was penalized seven times for 75 yards in the first half, including four personal fouls, and Watkins Mill senior running back Chris Jews rushed for three touchdowns to lead the Wolverines over the Colonels, 43-6, before approximately 1,400 in Derwood.
The loss eliminated Magruder (6-4), which entered the evening 10th in 4A, from postseason contention. Watkins Mill (9-1), which entered second in 4A behind Gaithersburg, will most likely claim the fifth seed as the league's top runner-up.
"It's going to be a tough road," Watkins Mill Coach Ken Brace said. "There are some real good teams from each part of the state and Gaithersburg, which beat us early in the season."
Senior quarterback Donnie Wood put Magruder ahead 6-0 early on a one-yard sneak two plays after Matt Harrison's 82-yard run on the Colonels' first play from scrimmage. But Chris Kimber returned the ensuing kickoff 78 yards for a touchdown to put Watkins Mill ahead, 7-6.
"Our front blockers did an incredible job," Kimber said. "I caught the ball, looked up the field and it was wide open. I just made a couple of cuts and was in."
Jews then added a 54-yard touchdown run 15 seconds into the second quarter on a second-and-23 draw, on a play in which he broke four tackles.
"I saw two linebackers coming," said Jews, who rushed for 75 yards on nine carries. "I broke the tackles, saw daylight and headed to the end zone."
Two plays earlier, quarterback Jeff Haeder was stopped for no gain on third and nine, but the drive was prolonged by a late hit. Then, on Watkins Mill's next possession, a personal foul following a 12-yard run by Troy Dorsey gave the Wolverines first down at the Colonels 14-yard line. Jews took the next play to the outside and into the end zone for a 19-6 Watkins Mill lead.
"All season long penalties have been an Achilles' heel for us," Magruder Coach Tony Nazarro said. "It's tough to understand why we commit so many penalties, but they've been killing us all year."
Haeder found B.J. Jacobs for a 20-yard touchdown pass on fourth and eight with 2 minutes 28 seconds remaining in the half to put Watkins Mill ahead 26-6.
Meanwhile, the Wolverines shut down Magruder senior running back Allan Mayberry. Mayberry, who entered the game with 1,091 yards rushing, finished with just 21 yards on eight carries. Harrison rushed for 98 yards on 11 carries, but had only 16 yards after his first-quarter run.
"They've got a very good defense," Nazarro said. "They have a lot of size and speed and we're limited in our passing attack. They committed eight men to stopping the run and it's tough when you're as one-dimensional as we are to keep them honest."