No. 6 Damascus buckles down for homecoming win over Seneca Valley

No. 6 Damascus buckles down for homecoming win over Seneca Valley

By Daniel Gallen
The Washington Post

Entering Friday night’s homecoming matchup against Seneca Valley, No. 6Damascus knew its defense would have to contain the Screaming Eagles’ shifty 5-foot-7 running back, Adrian Feliz-Platt.

And as Feliz-Platt tore through the Swarmin’ Hornets for a 67-yard touchdown run on his first carry of the game, it seemed as if Damascus was set for a long night on the ground.

But the Swarmin’ Hornets defense buckled down before a boisterous homecoming crowd, and the offense overwhelmed Seneca Valley for a 46-13 victory.

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Volleyball: Sherwood is hitting stride entering postseason beating Good Counsel

Volleyball: Sherwood is hitting stride entering postseason beating Good Counsel

By Daniel Gallen and Brandon Parker

Before Tuesday night’s matchup with Good Counsel, No. 6 Sherwoodhonored seven seniors who had been in the Warriors program for the peak of a dynastic run that featured three straight Maryland 4A state championships and 68 consecutive victories in best-of-five matchups.

But that group of seniors was also there for the end of both streaks last fall.

This year, Sherwood (19-0) seems primed for another run through the state playoffs, especially after a hard-fought victory over Good Counsel in four sets in which the Warriors trailed in every set and dropped the first.

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Devin Hamlett rushes for 389 yards as Annandale beats W.T. Woodson in shootout

Devin Hamlett rushes for 389 yards as Annandale beats W.T. Woodson in shootout

By Daniel Gallen
The Washington Post

When talking about Annandale earlier this week, W.T. Woodson Coach Mike Dougherty was complimentary of the Atoms’ program. After a few down years, Annandale was off to a strong start, and Dougherty said the Atoms had “their swag back.”

Friday night in Fairfax, Annandale demonstrated exactly what Dougherty was talking about: Atoms running back Devin Hamlett rushed 40 times for 389 yards and seven touchdowns, and Annandale held off Woodson, 73-56, in a wild Conference 7 shootout.

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La Plata comes back strong to beat Northern in SMAC showdown

La Plata comes back strong to beat Northern in SMAC showdown

By Daniel Gallen
The Washington Post

another high pass from setter Mia Griffiths, and as she did all match, the senior smacked the ball across the net and watched it skitter off the arms of her Northern opponents and fall harmlessly to the floor.

But instead of stoically turning back to her teammates as she had until then, Simmons let out a scream while Griffiths jumped into her arms, dragging them both to the ground. It was match point, and Simmons had helped power La Plata to a victory over Northern in a Southern Maryland Athletic Conference clash in four sets, 16-25, 25-18, 25-18, 27-25, on Wednesday in Owings.

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Volleyball: Churchill holds on to defeat No. 6 Damascus in five sets

Volleyball: Churchill holds on to defeat No. 6 Damascus in five sets

By Daniel Gallen
The Washington Post

Two years ago, Xionting Sun had never played volleyball at any level.

But against No. 6 Damascus on Monday night, the Churchill middle blocker was a key factor in a seesaw matchup between two of the top teams in Montgomery County.

And behind 13 kills and 10 blocks from Sun, the host Bulldogs were able to defeat the defending Maryland 3A state champions in five sets, 25-21, 25-19, 24-26, 23-25, 15-11, in Potomac.

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SMAC football: Patuxent defense dominates Huntingtown in rainy 27-7 victory

SMAC football: Patuxent defense dominates Huntingtown in rainy 27-7 victory

By Daniel Gallen
The Washington Post

As the rain poured down in Calvert County on Friday night, host Huntingtown tried again and again to break through the Patuxent defense in a Southern Maryland Athletic Conference rivalry game. Dives were stuffed, pitches were snuffed out and sideline passes fell harmlessly to the soaked turf.

In the 27-7 drubbing, the Panthers defense conceded a paltry 36 yards to the Hurricanes offense and even threw in two defensive scores for good measure.

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No. 11 Westfield comes back late, holds on for 15-9 win over Stone Bridge

No. 11 Westfield comes back late, holds on for 15-9 win over Stone Bridge

By Daniel Gallen
The Washington Post

Though separated by counties, conferences and a 20-minute drive, Stone Bridge and Westfield are inextricably linked. Both schools’ mascot is the bulldog. Both were founded in 2000. And the pair of schools played each other twice in their inaugural seasons 14 years ago.

The two schools have also been fixtures for championship contention, as Stone Bridge and Westfield have combined for three state titles. And Thursday night in Ashburn, No. 11 Westfield continued its quest for another deep playoff run with a 15-9 road victory over Stone Bridge.

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