On Friday, the third-ranked Swarmin' Hornets capitalized on several Clarksburg miscues, scored 21 points before their offense took the field and cruised to a 41-6 victory over their rival in front of a standing-room only crowd in Damascus.
“We came in confident and prepared,” said Bradshaw, a University of Virginia recruit. “That was pretty awesome especially for our first game.”
The versatile star touched the ball just twice, but he made the opportunities count. Damascus (1-0) forced the Coyotes (0-1) to punt on the opening possession of the game and Bradshaw returned the ball 55 yards for a touchdown just 141 seconds into the contest.
Clarksburg senior running back Naim Reed then fumbled the ball on the ensuing snap from the line of scrimmage and Jack Rogers scooped up the ball and rumbled 11 yards for a score.
Moments later, Bradshaw intercepted a pass and ran 82 yards for a touchdown and Damascus led 21-0 at the 6 minute, 26 second mark of the first quarter.
“That whole sequence was pretty awesome,” said Bradshaw, who was not needed to contribute on offense. Division I recruit Jalen Christian did not touch the ball either as Eric Wallich's offense was efficient on the ground. “I never imagined that we would ever score three TDs before our offense took a snap.”
Clarksburg's only sign of life came on the next possession as it went 61 yards on eight plays. The drive was capped by a 2-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Joey Macci to classmate Terrell Drakeford, but the extra point was missed.
Damascus added a pair of rushing touchdowns in the second quarter and Stephon Jacob scored on special teams as Clarksburg fumbled a kickoff late in the half.
The entire second half was a running clock and both teams played their backups.
“We essentially gave them four touchdowns. We were like, “Here, take the ball. Here you go,'” Coyotes coach Larry Hurd said. “We turned the ball over and kicked the ball to Bradshaw which we didn't want to do. We have a lot of talent, but made a lot of young mistakes. Damascus is a heck of a football team. We can only get better.”
Damascus 41, Clarksburg 6
Clarksburg (0-1) 6 0 0 0 — 6
Damascus (1-0) 21 20 0 0 — 41
D — Zach Bradshaw 55 punt return (Joseph Curry kick)
D — Jack Rogers 11 fumble return (Joseph Curry kick)
D — Zach Bradshaw 82 interception return (Joseph Curry kick)
C — Terrell Drakeford 2 pass from Joey Macci (kick failed)
D — Caleb Baisden 1 run (Joseph Curry kick)
D — John Hanley 1 run (Joseph Curry kick)
D — Stephon Jacob 25 fumble return (kick failed)
Clarksburg — Jaylen Little 4-4; Terrell Drakeford 2-16; Joey Nacci 1-(-2); Kevin Seehan 1-0; Tavis Holland 1-10; Richard Foreman 1-15; Naim Reed 15-44.
Damascus — Trevor Patton 6-35; Chase Williams 8-(-3); Caleb Baisden 2-11; John Hanley 3-38; Shawn Kelly 1-0; Marquez Swift 1-0; Chase Berman 1-4; Silvio Aguirre 1-(-3); Justin Schnurr 3-11; Justin Wilkerson 8-24.
Clarksburg — Joey Macci 4-9-43-1.
Damascus — Chase Williams 2-4-27-0; Derek Gibson 3-5-19-0.
Clarksburg — Jaylen Little 1-3; Kade Ramm 1-27; Terrell Drakeford 1-2; Tavis Holland 1-11.
Damascus — Ari Cacopardo 1-11, Trevor Patton 1-16; Michael Scafate 1-7; Alec Magas 2-12.