In an offensive showdown, the Watkins Mill High School football team had more weapons in its 48-22 rout over host Albert Einstein.
The Wolverines played the role of rude guests for the Titans' homecoming festivities, jumping out to a 21-7 first quarter advantage and keeping the pressure on for the rest of Friday's Montgomery 3A Division showdown.
The statistics on both squads were impressive — Watkins Mill senior quarterback Patrick Schlosser completed 10 of 16 passes for 149 yards and three touchdowns. He rushed 15 times for 146 yards and two scores as well.
Wolverines' senior wide receiver Malik Brooks hauled in four passes for 53 yards and the game's first score, while junior running back Quentin Schaired — all 5-feet-10 and 160 pounds of him — ran like a battering ram, offsetting Schlosser's, multi-faceted game with 12 carries for 85 yards and a 27-yard first quarter touchdown.
“Basically, we were looking for the running game, and we had to figure out how to do it, and now, Quentin has stepped up during the last couple of week,” said Watkins Mill coach Kevin Watson, whose team improved to 4-2 overall, and 2-1 in division play. “We're letting him go. Now, it's his time. He runs hard. We lost all of our running backs [last season], so we are waiting for that guy; we're saying 'who is it?' And I think he [Schaired] wants to be that guy.”
Schaired was quick to give his linemen kudos for their work.
“I would give the offensive line all the credit, they got me my touchdown. They [led] me there. I am always just getting to try to get by the first level,” Schaired said. “The first level is the biggest part, after that, everyone else is [smaller].”
Stony Brook University recruit Dontay Hears also assisted his team's ground and air game, picking up 65 yards on three carries and 32 yards on two catches.
Einstein's senior wide receiver Nobel Mussie was a thorn in Watkins Mill's secondary, catching four passes for 224 yards and a 69-yard scoring bomb from quarterback Sean Loftus. Montgomery County's leading rusher, Khalil Wilson, piled up 178 yards on 14 carries, and caught a 35-yard touchdown pass at the end of the game.
Numbers aside, Einstein (3-3, 1-3 Montgomery 3A) had trouble containing the Wolverines' spread offense.
“The offensive line did an unbelievable job,” Schlosser said. “The wide receivers got downfield quickly, and if I had to scramble, they went and put someone in the dirt, they did a great job of opening up things for me.”
Mussie's 70-yard reception from Loftus helped set up the latter's 1-yard quarterback sneak with 2 minutes, 42 seconds left in the first half, cutting the visitors' lead to 21-14 — the closest they would get to the Wolverines for the rest of the night.
A 2-yard sneak by Schlosser with 27 seconds left in the half, followed by a 20-yard scoring catch by senior J.R. Gibson and a 30-yard reception and rumble by Hears gave the winners an insurmountable 42-14 edged with 6:42 left in the game. Watkins Mill freshman defensive back Jaron Woodyard concluded the Wolverines' scoring by picking off a Loftus pass and sprinting 90 yards for the final touchdown.
Watkins Mill 48, Albert Einstein 22
Watkins Mill (4-2) 21 7 0 20 — 48
Albert Einstein (3-3) 7 7 0 8 — 22
W — Malik Brooks 14 pass from Patrick Schlosser (Patrick Schlosser kick)
E — Nobel Mussie 69 pass from Sean Loftus (Ian Larkin kick)
W — Patrick Schlosser 6 run (Patrick Schlosser kick)
W — Quinton Schaired 27 run (Patrick Schlosser kick)
E — Sean Loftus 1 run (Ian Larkin kick)
W — Patrick Schlosser 2 run (Schlosser kick)
W — J.R. Gibson 20 pass from Patrick Schlosser (Schlosser kick)
W — Dontay Hears 30 pass from Patrick Schlosser (Schlosser kick)
W— Jaron Woodyard 90 interception return (kick failed)
E— Khalil Wilson 35 pass from Sean Loftus (Khalil Wilson run)
Watkins Mill — Patrick Schlosser 15-146; Quinton Schaired 12-85; Dontay Hears 3-65.
Albert Einstein — Khalil Wilson 14-178; Joseph Singleton 3-13.
Watkins Mill — Patrick Schlosser 11-16 149-1; J.R. Gibson 0-1-0-0.
Albert Einstein — Sean Loftus 7-21-271-1
Watkins Mill — Malik Brooks 4-53; J.R. Gibson 3-47; Dontay Hears 2-32.
Albert Einstein — Nobel Mussie 4-224; Khalil Wilson 1-35.