Football Roundup: Northwest teams see mixed beginning to season

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Gonzaga fell to Viera 21-6 on Friday. (Brian Kapur/The Current/September 2017)
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Roosevelt starts 1-1

The Rough Riders traveled to Virginia on Aug. 24, where they fell to Falls Church High School 38-0.

Roosevelt played a much better game than the final score indicated, and despite the defeat, the team showed promise with two touchdowns taken back on penalties.

The Roosevelt Rough Riders fell 38-0 to Falls Church on Aug. 24. (Brian Kapur/The Current/August 2017)

“They kept fighting,” said Roosevelt coach Chris Harden. “We started out slow with penalties and touchdowns called back. Our guys learned a lot, and I think we did a pretty good job.”

In that contest, junior quarterback Leon Gray completed five of his nine passes for 26 yards and added 9 yards more on the ground.

Meanwhile, Roosevelt’s rushing attack was led by Alonzo Beverly, who racked up 66 yards on 12 carries.

Roosevelt followed up the blowout defeat with a thrilling 32-26 overtime win in its home opener against KIPP on Friday night.

The Rough Riders saw a 20-12 halftime lead turn into a 20-20 tie and eventually a 26-26 tie at the end of regulation before regaining the lead in the extra session.

The Rough Riders will be back in action on Sept. 15 when they host D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Conference foe Dunbar.

St. John’s shows potential on national stage

St. John’s opened its season on Aug. 26 with a 49-30 victory over Jones High School from Florida.

In the opener, senior quarterback Kevin Doyle — who transferred to the Chevy Chase school from Malvern Prep in Pennsylvania — showed why he’s a highly sought-after Division I prospect. The Cadets quarterback threw four touchdown passes for 289 yards.

His favorite targets were sophomore Rakim Jarrett, who racked up 99 receiving yards on five catches, and junior Quinten Johnson, who caught two scoring passes.

Meanwhile, the Cadets rushing attack was just as potent. Junior running back Keilan Robinson, who missed the latter part of the 2016 season with an upper body injury, returned to form, chewing up 111 yards on 15 touches for two rushing touchdowns.

The Cadets followed up the win with a narrow 35-31 defeat in California to De La Salle, in a game that was broadcast on ESPNU. In the loss, St. John’s built a 31-14 lead in the third quarter, but couldn’t stop the Spartans’ late rally.

Doyle once again had an outstanding performance under-center. The senior quarterback threw two touchdown passes and rushed for another. In addition, Robinson added a rushing score of his own.

The Cadets will be back at home for this Saturday’s tilt with St. Joseph’s out of New Jersey at 2 p.m.

Maret starts strong

The Frogs opened the season with a 39-8 win over St. Michael from Fredericksburg, Va.

The Frogs’ rushing attack was led by Jamal Glenn, who took five carries for 177 yards and three scores while averaging a whopping 35.4 yards per carry.

Meanwhile, Maret’s air attack was strong as Satchel Parker completed seven passes for 142 yards and a trio of scores.

Maret will return to the gridiron on Friday afternoon when it hosts St. Paul’s at Wilson, with the kickoff set for 4:15 p.m.

Gonzaga Eagles split first two games

Gonzaga fell to Viera 21-6 on Friday. (Brian Kapur/The Current/September 2017)

The Eagles opened their season with a 1-1 record after drubbing Gilman 38-0 on Aug. 26 and falling to Viera of Florida 21-6 on Friday evening.

In the latter game, Gonzaga’s offense couldn’t quite get on track, but junior kicker Marco Kemp booted a pair of field goals to keep the Eagles in the game.

The team’s first-year starting quarterback, freshman Caleb Williams, completed 17 passes for 207 yards.

Gonzaga will look to rebound when it travels to play New Jersey-based Peddie School at Franklin Field in Philadelphia on Friday.

Scores

Falls Church 38, Roosevelt 0
Friendship 45, Wilson 0
Gonzaga 38, Gilman 0
St. John’s 49, Jones 30
Yorktown 20, Wilson 14
De La Salle 35, St. John’s 31
Roosevelt 32, KIPP 26
Viera 21, Gonzaga 6
Maret 39, St. Michael 8

Upcoming games

Friday

  • Gonzaga at Peddie School (Fla.), 7 p.m.
  • Sidwell at George Mason, 7:30 p.m.
  • St. Paul’s vs. Maret, 4:15 p.m.
  • Wilson at McKinley, 6 p.m.

Saturday

  • Anacostia at St. Albans, 1:30 p.m.
  • St. Joseph’s at St. John’s, 2 p.m.