Sometimes it’s best to throw away the tape after a blowout loss.

That’s exactly what Einstein Coach Jermaine Howell did after one viewing of last Friday’s 54-7 loss to Paint Branch. The Titans struggled out of the gate and before they knew it, Paint Branch was leading 48-7 at the half.

“The bottom line is you have one of those every year where there are ones you delete,” Howell said. “You don’t want one game to beat you twice. We did correct some things and got things cranked up again around here.”

Howell blamed himself for the loss, saying the defensive scheme he designed against Paint Branch backfired. The Titans decided to pay extra attention to stopping the run, which opened up Paint Branch’s air attack to the tune of 302 passing yards.

Howell said his team returned to its usual preparation this week.

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“It was probably a little too much over-coaching,” Howell said. “We went back to the basics this week and expect to have better results on both sides of the ball.”

Howell said the players didn’t watch much film from the Paint Branch game and immediately put their focus Friday’s opponent Kennedy. Despite Kennedy’s 1-4 record, Howell said the Cavaliers look more formidable on film.

“Kennedy is much improved from last year,” Howell said. “I think they have a solid front. They tackle very well.”

Whitman’s rushing attack faces challenge

The Vikings’ offense faces a tough task against Damascus’s defense.

Whitman (3-2) has been successful offensively when they have been able to spring running back Zac Morton for big plays. Morton has had a big senior season, rushing for 798 yards and six touchdowns in Whitman’s first five games. As a team, the Vikings have rushed for 924 yards, which indicates the ability to establish the run each week.

In fact, Whitman has rushed for over 200 yards over the last three games after being limited to just 43 by Quince Orchard.

Gaithersburg's Solomon Vault, a Northwestern recruit, is steadily recovering from a nearly catastrophic knee injury suffered against Clarksburg. (Nathan Bickell for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC./The Washington Post)

Damascus (4-1) will field the toughest defense Whitman’s seen since Quince Orchard. The Swarmin’ Hornets are holding teams to 87.8 rushing yards per game.

Whitman’s upset bid hinges on creating room for Morton, the leading rusher in the Montgomery 4A South region.

Rockville’s offense rolling

The Rams (3-2, 2-2 3A) have been one of the surprise teams in Montgomery County this season.

Led by junior quarterback Chuck Reese, the metro area’s leading passer with 1,713 yards and 21 touchdowns, the Rams are averaging 37.6 points per game.

The offense will be looking for a third consecutive game with 50 points this Friday in a game against Watkins Mill (2-3, 1-1) after defeating Wheaton 54-22 and Northwood 51-13 the past two weeks.