Maret School beats Sidwell Friends in convincing fashion on Saturday

Maret running back Elijah Parks runs the football against Sidwell Friends. Photo courtesy of Tadi Abedje.
Maret School's running back Elijah Parks runs the football against Sidwell Friends. Photo courtesy of Tadi Abedje.

By: Tadi Abedje

Maret School cruised to a 43-7 victory over Sidwell Friends (0-6) on Saturday. This conference game quickly turned into a blowout.

During the Quakers’ opening possession, quarterback Jordin Young started off with an 18-yard keeper to begin the drive. Then, Sidwell converted a fourth-and-six on a pass from Young to tight end Chris Gamble for a first down. But the Quakers failed to score points on their opening drive.

Maret’s first drive featured a couple run plays. Running back Elijah Parks and quarterback Satchel Parker ran for first downs. However, Maret failed to cap off its first drive with points. Both teams went scoreless in the opening quarter.

In the second quarter, Sidwell capped off a long drive with a one-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Beau Burns to fullback Ben Schwartz to go up 7-0. Maret marched down the field but went four-and-out.

Fortunately for the Frogs, they regained possession after forcing a fumble and recovering it near the Sidwell’s goal line. Moments later, running back Elijah Parks scored the touchdown and two-point conversion to give the Frogs an 8-7 lead. Sidwell failed to move the ball well during its next possession.  

Moments later, Parks exploded for a 62-yard run to put Maret deep into the red zone. Three plays later, Parks scored again to increase Maret’s lead to 14-7.

The Quakers next possession ended with a back-breaking turnover. Maret capitalized off the miscue with another touchdown run by Parks. Maret went into halftime with a commanding 22-7 lead.

In the second half, Maret continued its onslaught. Parks scored his fourth touchdown of the game on a four-yard run, increasing Maret’s lead to 29-7. “I just came out the mentality just to run my hardest, make all the moves I can, and just keep running hard,” Parks said.

“Keep pushing my feet and don’t stop until it’s not possible for me to keep running. A lot of our outside running went well. [Our] inside running went well, too. That all goes to my [offensive line] and the dogs on my team that come out there and block for me,” he said.

Later in the second half, Maret’s Drake Lewis recorded a pick-six to increase the lead to 36-7. Then, cornerback Keon Eady got in on the action by catching an interception. As a result, Frogs quarterback Satchel Parker ran for a 50-yard touchdown to increase the lead to 43-7.

Indeed, turnovers plagued Sidwell in this game. “The fumbles turned the game around.” head coach John Simon said. “The fumble down here, and they got six points. That was the turning point in the game, and we just went flat after that. We didn’t play the way we did in the first quarter. You can tell that.

Sidwell Friends will stay home for a head-to-head matchup against Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 2:00 p.m. Maret School will travel to Hagerstown, Maryland, to compete against St. James High School on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 2:00 p.m.