“It doesn’t really feel like nine junior varsity kids,” said Saylor, who has seven passing touchdowns. “The chemistry is there.”
Saylor played a few games under center last season while Pisarra is the lone returning full-time starter on offense. But the Patriots’ new-look offense has been clicking, with 13 touchdowns through two games.
Though inexperience surrounds Saylor and Pisarra, so does talent. Wootton’s junior varsity team went 6-2 last season, and about 14 of those players moved up to varsity, with 11 in the starting lineup.
The junior varsity team’s success has carried over. Saylor has led a balanced offense, with eight different Patriots reaching the end zone. Sophomore Noelly Miller, who played quarterback on junior varsity, has been one of Saylor’s favorite targets, registering 16 receptions for 219 yards and two touchdowns.
Sophomore running back Matthew Amobi had an 84-yard rushing touchdown and finished with 137 yards in Friday’s 47-12 win over Springbrook. Junior Michael Pisarra, Geoff’s brother, caught two touchdown passes in a 39-14 win against Kennedy in Week 1.
Elijah Trent, who transferred back to Wootton after playing at Avalon, caught a touchdown and returned an interception for a pick-six.
“We’ve definitely had to work hard since this is their first ever varsity games, but they really showed the confidence,” Geoff Pisarra said. “They haven’t been acting like they’ve been on junior varsity. They’ve been acting like they’ve been on varsity for a while.”
It wasn’t the full, four-quarter game Gaithersburg was looking for, but a good start — and better finish — was just what it needed in Friday’s 28-14 win over Watkins Mill. A game that began with senior Antwan Clipper returning a kick for a touchdown and continued with the Trojans taking a 21-0 halftime lead was effectively sealed in the fourth quarter when senior Jack Creamer sniffed out a Wolverines screen pass to force a turnover on downs, setting up an insurance touchdown on the ensuing drive.
“I think our defense got a little frustrated,” Creamer said. “But we put it together, talked about it on the sideline and executed from there.”
Gaithersburg (1-1) was coming off a 27-6 loss to No. 16 Northwest in Week 1 — a game it trailed 7-6 late in the third quarter. With only 35 players and playing in the heat, the team has been dealing with cramping issues, Creamer said.
Against their Montgomery Village rival, the Trojans were tasked with containing a high-powered offense led by junior quarterback Markel Grant. For three quarters, they did.
“Going into that game we were confident,” Creamer said, “but when Antwan got the ball [on the kickoff] and started going, our whole sideline was going crazy.”
Passing yards for Blair quarterback Desmond Colby in Friday’s 42-12 win over Bethesda-Chevy Chase. The senior has six passing touchdowns this fall as the Blazers (2-0) aim for a third consecutive postseason appearance.
Owens put the Jaguars offense on his back, and shook the Seneca Valley defense off of it. The senior ran for four rushing touchdowns and made his dream come true as Northwest reclaimed the King’s Trophy with a 35-23 road victory.
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