Game to Watch: No. 17 St. John’s (1-1) at Wilson (1-1)
Wilson senior quarterback Scott Beumel will sit out Saturday’s game against No. 17 St. John’s with a bruised kidney, according to Tigers Coach Mark Martin, though that isn’t expected to be the death knell for Wilson that it might be for other teams that lose their starting signal caller to injury.
Junior Reginald Robinson – who played a large role in orchestrating Wilson’s 38-27 comeback victory last week against Perry Street Prep – will take Beumel’s place in the lineup.
“We really have two starters,” Martin said Thursday. “Scott is more of a pocket quarterback, finesse, where Reggie is a gunslinger. . . . They both can lead us.”
Wilson trailed Perry Street Prep, 27-0, when Beumel left the game in the third quarter after absorbing a hard hit. Robinson stepped in and connected with receiver Jason Perry for a 35-yard touchdown with roughly three minutes left in the third quarter. The Tigers scored on every possession from that point forward and came away with the win.
St. John’s Coach Joe Patterson called Wilson’s triumph “one of the most phenomenal games I’ve seen” and lauded Robinson for his accuracy and athleticism.
The Cadets will aim to pressure Robinson, and senior defensive end Josh Willis will lead that effort. Especially considering junior linebacker Devin Williams was out due to an ankle injury, Willis played a significant defensive role in his team’s 21-7 win over Loyola Blakefield last week.
Patterson said Williams will sit out Saturday against Wilson. However, the coach expects Williams, who orally committed to Stanford as a sophomore, to return the following week against Calvert Hall. Patterson said junior wide receiver Omar Truitt, who missed the Loyola Blakefield game due to a shoulder injury, will play Saturday, though to an uncertain extent.
Expect St. John’s dual-threat junior quarterback Will Ulmer to shoulder a heavy load once again for the Cadets. Ulmer has averaged 15.5 carries and 95 rushing yards per game thus far this season.
One of the more talented teams in the area, McNamara, suffered a difficult loss to Landon last Friday. But Mustangs Coach Bryce Bevill said his team’s experience has them pushing forward and preparing for Georgetown Prep on Saturday.
“They understand that’s one game and we pretty much hurt ourselves with penalties and turnovers,” Bevill said.
Two turnovers inside the 10-yard line against Landon stood out most, but Bevill will have plenty of talent to rely on as McNamara looks to turn it around. They are led by defensive lineman Kevin Robbins, who has two sacks this season, and offensive lineman Damian Prince, a 6-7, 300-pound tackle who has yet to give up a sack this season and has 11 pancake blocks.
“I’ve had teams with several D-I kids on the team, it’s just getting our guys to understand they’re competing against themselves regardless of what they’re saying outside [the program],” Bevill said. “The real opponent is yourselves. More high school games are lost than won. We need to eliminate mistakes and penalties and see what kind of turnout we have.”
Theodore Roosevelt Coach John Sharp said Thursday the Rough Riders will begin their season Sept. 14 against Forestville. Roosevelt was forced to call off its first two scheduled games of the season due to a lack of players. Sharp said Roosevelt’s roster now consists of roughly 40 players.