So naturally, George caught two second-half touchdowns to spark an Oxon Hill scoring explosion that propelled the Clippers to a 26-0 win at Bladensburg, their second straight victory.
George, who played defense the past two years, said he lost his spot in the Clippers’ offense after struggling with drops in the preseason. Friday, he found himself back in the offensive scheme.
“It feels great!,” said George, bouncing up and down with a huge smile after the win. “I haven’t scored in like two years!”
Smiles could be found after the win all over the Clippers’ sideline, where players were raising their helmets into the air calling out “we’re undefeated!” to parents and friends.
They may have a long way to go until that starts to mean something to Prince George’s County foes. But the fact that the Clippers, a perennial doormat, have outscored opponents 78-0 to start the season may turn some heads in the county as it buoys Oxon Hill’s morale.
“We’ve been through a lot, it’s nice to see us undefeated right now. We haven’t been 2-0 in a long time,” said Clippers’ quarterback Anthony Dougherty. “It feels great, but we still have a lot of work to do.”
Oxon Hill Coach Craig Jefferies, in his second year at the school after building Dunbar into one of the top programs in the area, said after the game that as Dougherty goes, his team goes. Bladensburg picked off a tentative Dougherty three times in the first half, but the junior said he “turned up his intensity” in the third quarter, threw with more authority, and threw two touchdowns to George and another to Chance Albury in a span of 13 minutes.
“Today it seemed like [David] and I had that connection,” Dougherty said.
“I don’t know what happened [on the touchdowns], I just knew I had to get the ball and get my spot back on the offense,” said the 6-foot George, who went airborne to bring down both passes in traffic in the end zone. “I knew I had to focus and catch the ball and get the team a score.”
Bladensburg (1-1) dominated possession in the first half, holding the ball for more than 15 minutes. The Mustangs had 10 goal line plays in that half, two of which resulted in false start penalties, seven incomplete passes and one goal-line interception.
The Clippers’ defensive backs filled holes and frustrated Bladensburg receivers all afternoon. Four Oxon Hill players caught interceptions — two at the goal line — and held the Mustangs’ passing attack to just seven completions in 27 attempts.
Oxon Hill also stymied Bladensburg’s hulking running back Elijah Kee, who rushed for nine yards on 12 carries. Kee caught four passes for 35 yards, finding what little space the Clippers’ gave him in short sideline routes.
His Clippers counterpart Jeremy Fields continued his hot start to the season, rushing for 71 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries and running his way out of trouble to a 50-yard kickoff return.
Fields, Dougherty, and the five Clippers’ receivers that caught passes of 10 yards or more give Oxon Hill a versatile attack they’ll need moving ahead through their increasingly difficult Prince George’s 4A schedule.
“I just think we need to stay humble and keep working hard,” said an understated Dougherty as his teammates celebrated around him. “Everything else will fall into place.”