Churchill running back Travis Schroeder scored three consecutive touchdowns for the third straight game and added a pair of interceptions as Churchill rallied for a 34-13 victory over Blake last night, clinching the Potomac school's first playoff berth since 1995.
Schroeder had touchdown runs of nine, four and two yards, leading the Bulldogs (8-1, 4-1 Montgomery 4A West) to their seventh consecutive victory. Combined with Richard Montgomery's 33-7 victory over Whitman and other results last night, Churchill and sixth-ranked Damascus clinched playoff berths in the Maryland 4A West Region.
"Travis is on fire right now," Churchill Coach Jamie Collins said of Schroeder. "He's reading blocks real well and playing phenomenally."
Coolidge place kicker Anthony Webley's second field goal of the game, a 27-yarder with 15 seconds left, lifted Coolidge to a 13-12 victory over Theodore Roosevelt, putting Colts in position for their first postseason appearance in quite some time.
Webley has made seven field goals this season, but even more impressive is that he can kick with either foot, according to Coach Jason Lane, who said Webley usually kicks with his right foot but has made some point-after kicks with his left foot. "He's a special kid, he's ambidextrous with his feet," Lane said. "That is definitely something that needs to be known."
Coolidge (4-5, 2-1 DCIAA West) can qualify for the playoffs by beating Wilson next week. "Our motto was cicadas," West said. "Because the cicadas came out this summer and 17 years ago [when Coolidge made the playoffs] is when the cicadas came out before."
St. John's/Prospect Hall quarterback Keith Ricca, who earlier this season became Maryland's all-time leading passer, added another state record last night, attempting 59 passes in a 47-38 loss to Spalding. Ricca completed 31 passes for 389 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions, but the Vikings allowed the final 19 points and had their three-game winning streak snapped. . . .
McDonough's A.J. Wallace caught an 87-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, intercepted a Westlake pass at the Rams 2 in the fourth quarter and sealed the victory with a 98-yard run on the next play as the Rams upended the No. 16 Wolverines, 23-3, at home.
-- Josh Barr