The reigning Maryland 3A champion has reeled off six victories to improve to 7-2 overall -- 4-2 in the Prince George's County 3A/2A/1A, in which the Yellow Jackets are in second place, two games behind undefeated, third-ranked Friendly. The key to the Yellow Jackets' success has been finding scorers to complement senior guard Edwin Davis (23.3 ppg.). Sophomore forward Robert Diggs and senior center Tariq Bond have averaged 9.8 and 9.2 points during the team's past five games.
The Montgomery County 3A/2A/1A-leading Bengals (10-0, 6-0) needed every second on the clock to keep their unblemished record intact. After opening the week with a 66-55 victory over Seneca Valley on Tuesday, senior guard Rusty Rulapaugh made a three-pointer with one second remaining to lift Blake to a 58-57 victory over Bethesda-Chevy Chase. Three days later, senior guard Sean McNeely made the winning three-pointer as time expired to give the Bengals an 82-79 victory over Paint Branch.
Coach John Jarrett said he expected his Knights to get off to a slow start after two of his returning starters -- junior guard John Keimig and senior forward Bryan DeMoss -- joined the team late because they were members of the school's football team, which reached the Maryland 2A final before losing to Hereford. But after opening the season with a 77-53 loss to Frederick, the Knights have won seven games by an average margin of 13.8 points to improve to 7-1 overall.
Coach Keith Coutreyer has changed players at every position in the Spartans' starting lineup this season except one: shooting guard. That is because Vaughn has been the model of consistency. The 6-foot-3, 175-pound junior has averaged 23.5 points and six assists per game, and is coming off the best three-game stretch of his career. In victories over Pallotti, Bowie and Crossland, he averaged 31.6 points -- highlighted by a career-high 44 against Bowie.