As a defensive back, Sherwood’s Michael Mbony witnessed first-hand last season what Blair’s high-powered offense can do. The Warriors won that game, but the Blazers proved then — and throughout the past two seasons — that “they’re the real deal,” Mbony said this week.
The 5-foot-10 junior will have a different perspective and role when the teams meet Friday night in Silver Spring. Now starting at quarterback, Mbony wants to show what the Warriors’ own offense is capable of in this matchup of Montgomery County unbeatens.
Sherwood (6-0) is averaging 46 points per game following a 76-20 thrashing of Northwood, and its dual-threat quarterback is a big reason why. Mbony has been efficient in the air, with 11 passing touchdowns, and on the ground, with 316 yards and four touchdowns.
With the departure of All-Met wide receiver Marcus Simms (West Virginia) and quarterback Shawn Bliss, the Warriors have relied on Mbony and senior running back Travis Levy to produce big plays.
“We got playmakers all over the field, so we just try and get them the ball and let them do what we can,” Mbony said.
Blair (6-0) has been just as impressive this fall, but this could be its toughest challenge yet. The offense may be without senior running back Eric Zokouri, who sat last week with an ankle injury and is unlikely to play against Sherwood, according to Coach Andrew Fields.
But while some consider the Blazers the underdog, that’s not how senior linebacker Ponce DeLeon sees it. Last season they were within a point of the Warriors of the fourth quarter, sputtering late in a 35-20 loss. The year before, they fell 14-7. Time and again this fall, Blair has show it is capable of beating playoff-caliber teams.
“People think that we got lucky against Northwest and that Paint Branch isn’t what they used to be,” DeLeon said. “This is a statement game to let people know that they should respect Blair.”
Mbony said that Sherwood is approaching Friday night as if it’s the playoffs. It’s the type of game where, if necessary — as it was against Northwest — the Warriors could give him snaps in the secondary.
“It’s definitely gonna be a four-quarter football game,” Mbony said. “They’re a great program. I’m sure they’re going to have something for us.”