Playoff Edition: Maryland Commits in Action with Season Winding Down

It’s officially playoff time as one commit will square off in the conference championship with another set for a huge matchup in College Park this weekend.

St. John’s (DC) and three-star wide receiver Sean Williams got a chance to extend his senior season for one more game after St. John’s topped Good Counsel in Olney, 14-10. Williams was responsible for both of the Cadets’ touchdowns, opening up the scoring with a slant turned into a 74-yard touchdown before punching in a 28-yard touchdown. St. John’s will make their third consecutive WCAC championship appearance and face DeMatha next Sunday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

In the quarterfinals, Bergen Catholic dominated Donovan Catholic in a 41-7 win and will face Delbarton next Saturday at 1 PM. Delbarton was the team that ended St. Peter’s Prep’s season as quarterback Champ Long closes the book on his high school career. Long punched in a rushing touchdown and threw a 20-yard touchdown to Zion Fowler, but next up is College Park for the New Jersey product after Delbeton ran all over the defense.

In the first of two games at SECU Stadium, St. Frances cruised to a 34-10 win over Clarkson North as wide receiver Ryan Manning reeled in 213 yards and three touchdowns on eight catches. The Panthers will look to close the season 9-0 against IMG Academy next Friday once again inside SECU Stadium.

Lowndes was blown out in the first round of the playoffs by Carrollton 38-14. This ends the season for the Vikings and cornerback commit Kevis Thomas. Running back Nolan Ray also saw his season come to an end after Brother Rice lost to King 22-12. Brother Rice had a 12-10 lead going into the fourth quarter but King scored 12 unanswered points to get the win. McDonogh’s season also ends will a loss to Archbishop Spalding 41-6. Tamarus Walker’s next football game will take place as a Maryland Terp with him coming in as a center prospect.

Canarsie ended its regular season with a 31-6 victory over Lincoln. The team, featuring defensive lineman Dillan Fontus and safety Tayvon Nelson, finishes with a 7-2 record going 5-1 in league play. Meanwhile, Cheshire won against Xavier 26-0 as the Rams and defensive tackle Lavon Johnson have one more regular game left, facing off against Southington on the 24th.

With a 48-12 win over Troy, Southern Columbia (PA) advances to the next round in the playoffs where they will play top-seeded Mount Carmel on Saturday. Braeden Wisloski turned in another great performance rushing for 96 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. The Tigers forced seven turnovers and were up at one point 41-0. However, there was some bad news as RB/Safety Louden Murphy will miss next week’s game due to retaliating after a late hit on Wisloski. Dylan Wade and Derrick Rodgers also advanced as Jones won their playoff matchup against Wekiva 29-13 in a game that was called early. Wade had an interception that showed off his athleticism after tipping it and coming down with the ball.

Madison County shut out Fort White 36-0 in the first round of the playoffs and will play Union County next week. Jonathan Atkins was one of 14 players to have at least one carry, rushing for ten yards. He also had three tackles on defense. Wise moved on after defeating Duval 49-0. Mykel Morman recorded two tackles in the game. Wise will take on Blair in the quarterfinals next week. Churchill took down Gaithersburg in their second-round matchup 27-14. Wide receiver Ezekiel Avit and the Bulldogs move on to the next round as his younger brother, 2024 athlete David Avit, broke loose once more with a 70-yard touchdown in the win. Churchill will face Broadneck on Friday.

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