For several Prince George’s county teams, this weekend will validate surprising two-game starts, or it will put them in perspective.
Eleanor Roosevelt (0-2), a perennial 4A power, has fallen victim to a brutal early schedule that pitted the Raiders against 2A power Gwynn Park (2-0) and No. 17 Suitland, to whom they lost 29-14 and 22-14, respectively.
Roosevelt looks to take out that frustration at High Point — a team they beat 51-8 last season — Friday night. But the Eagles are 2-0, off to their best start in 17 years with wins over Laurel and Largo. They’ll try to prove their start is for real, as the Raiders try to prove theirs was a fluke. . . .
Oxon Hill (2-0) is also hoping to prove they’ve got staying power after winning their first two games by a combined score of 78-12. The Clippers are led by quarterback Anthony Dougherty, who’s thrown for 280 yards and three touchdowns in two games, and running back Jeremy Fields, who’s scored on five of his 27 carries so far.
But they’ve got No. 11 Wise, who’s looking to bounce back from its first regular season loss since 2011 last week to DuVal. The Pumas’ offense will need a big day from go-to running back Adam Gillis Jr. The senior turned 13 touches into just 26 yards in last week’s 14-13 loss. . . .
No. 12 Douglass (1-1) and Gwynn Park (2-0) likely have little doubt their 2-0 records are indicative of their talent level, but they’ll meet Saturday at 2 p.m. in what’s likely a playoff preview. Douglass has ridden senior running back Kenneth Freeman, who’s rushed for 273 yards in two games this season. The Eagles’ defense has allowed just one offensive touchdown in those two games. Gwynn Park followed up its season-opening win over Roosevelt with a 41-6 drubbing of Eastern, thanks in large part to a balanced offensive attack that’s seen five different players score so far this season. . . .
Potomac (Md.) (0-2) struggled through its first two games, but will look to bounce back against rival Friendly (1-1) . . . Bowie (0-2) will play its first game in two weeks after forfeiting last week’s game with C.H. Flowers (2-0) due to the suspension of its entire roster. . . . Surrattsville (2-0), also off to its best start in recent memory with two wins by a combined score of 72-13, heads to the District’s Wilson for its first major test of the season.