Sunday Edition, August 25, 2013— Bear Trax, Churchill scrimmage scouting report

Sunday Edition, August 25, 2013— Bear Trax, Churchill scouting report


Most varsity teams are getting ready for the Fall and alumni are heading back to college. BSN is getting ready for the autumn sports and has been attending a few of Varsity/JV Football’s 18 practices for the 88 boys trying out.


Class of 2013 Early Bear Trax

Thanks to Facebook, we have a picture of Rob Dunigan with his Colgate Raiders ’17 classmates (excuse the photo of one fellow from RP):


Churchill scrimmage

The Bears are scheduled to play the Bulldogs of Churchill (the 4th opponent in 2013 with that animal as a mascot) on Friday. The Bears have lost 4 exceptional players (note the WaPo in its article on upcoming Private school clashes lists one of them as a key Bear), but in the two scrimmages have shown some speed and a surprising number of large (not behemoth) bodies. The game conditions have evidenced good discipline—few offsides, O and D hitting their assignments. The 6 captains have shown good leadership and the Baby Bears (especially the classes of ’16 and ’17) are big and fast.


The Churchill team graduated 21 seniors, but have  22 members of the Class of 2104 returning from last year’s squad (there’s a dearth of information @ WaPo and MaxPreps this early). The old roster lists 8 players of 200 or more pounds and 4 above 250# (see roster below)


6   Blake Dove                      RB, LB So. 5-11 188

Louis Mulamula

WR, DB Jr. 5-10 157

Jesse Locke

WR, LB So. 6-3 180

Ryan Mortman

WR, DB Jr. 6-3 170

Juwan Hamelin

RB, DB So. 5-10 140

Greg Seymour

RB, DB Jr. 5-11 187

Sohrab Hoghooghi

, DL Jr. 6-0 190

Malik Harris

RB, LB Jr. 5-11 208

Blake Liss

RB, DB Jr. 5-9 155

Joseph Dennis

RB, LB Jr. 5-10 155

Steven Stillwell

RB, LB Jr. 5-10 185

Charles Carlon

TE, DE Jr. 6-0 207

Max Cetta

TE, LB Jr. 6-1 180

Brandon Hubbard

OL, DL Jr. 5-11 234

Njord Soevik

OL, DL Jr. 6-2 189

Savion Gibson

OL, LB Jr. 5-9 182

Giulian Groce

OL, DL So. 5-11 182

James Taylor

OL, DL Jr. 5-10 189

Aj. Coleman

OL, DL Jr. 6-7 210



Ali Kazemipour

OL, DL Jr. 5-9

Harrison McCabe

OL, DL Jr. 6-2 267

Alec McGee

OL, DL So. 5-9 265

Reiley Bartine

OL, DL Fr. 6-4 259

Adrien Bossogo-egoume

OL, DL Jr. 6-2 200

Bryan MacKie

WR, DB Jr. 6-0 164



 PLUS Sophomore running back Andrew Zuckerman,, junior running back/slot receiver Marquette Lewis. Sophomore quarterback Sean Strittmatter transferred from Good Counsel we here he started as JV QB there,  sophomore Colin Smyth, who was Churchill’s backup junior varsity quarterback


As evidenced by the below articles, Malik Harris (#23) transferred from WCHS to Friendship Collegiate, a  loss for the Bulldogs


Last year’s starter transfers to Friendship just before season starts

by Dan Feldman Staff writer






Tom Fedor/The Gazette

Winston Churchill High School football coach Joe Allen confirmed that last year’s starting running back, Malik Harris, has left the Potomac school.


Winston Churchill High School football coach Joe Allen hasn’t had much time to process the loss of Malik Harris as the season quickly approaches. Allen said he got an anonymous phone call a couple weeks ago that said the senior running back had enrolled at Friendship Collegiate Academy.

But Allen wasted no time answering questions about the shakeup, repeatedly responding before the query ended.

How will Churchill adjust after planning on Harris being a significant part of the tea—?

“Of course, you’re planning on it,” Allen said. “But at the same time, Blake Dove has worked his butt off. He’s taken every rep in the offseason. The kid’s work ethic is second to none.”

So, more carries now for Do—?

“No question about it.”

Harris ran for 900 yards and eight touchdowns on 144 carries last season (6.3 yards per carry), and Dove ran for 265 yards and three touchdowns on 65 carries (4.1 yards per carry).

Dove proved his ability to handle the rigors of every-down play, starting at linebacker as a freshman for Seneca Valley High School in 2011.

“He’s the type of guy that wants it,” Allen said. “When you get a young man that actually wants to accept that role, that’s half the battle.”

Dove said he initially didn’t believe Harris’ texts relaying his plan to transfer to Friendship Collegiate. But once Dove got past that surprise, he said he realized he needed to work even harder on his conditioning.

At a recent practice, a couple of teammates even told Dove he looked fatigued.

“We haven’t really worked out that much,” Dove said. “So, when it comes down to the season, it’s full speed for me. I’m not going to be tired.”

Dove won’t be the only way Churchill replaces Harris, who didn’t return a message seeking comment. Friendship Collegiate also didn’t respond to an email requesting confirmation of Harris’ transfer.

Sophomore running back Andrew Zuckerman moves up from junior varsity, as does junior running back/slot receiver Marquette Lewis.

And Allen believes Churchill’s can also compensate with another player in the offensive backfield.

Sophomore quarterback Sean Strittmatter transferred after starting for Our Lady of Good Counsel High School’s junior varsity team last season. He’ll be competing with sophomore Colin Smyth, who was Churchill’s backup junior varsity quarterback last season before growing a few inches, gaining 20 pounds and earning rave reviews for his offseason work ethic.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a kid improve as much from their freshman year to their sophomore year, especially given the fact that he didn’t play much as a freshman,” Allen said.

Put it all together, and Allen is more than satisfied.

“We have multiple threats,” Allen said. “We’re not a team that was going to go in with relying solely on Malik Harris. We feel like we’ve good players that can contribute. Of course, we’ll miss Malik. But his parents did what they felt was in his best interest, and I have to respect that. At this point, we’ve moved on as a team, and our team is very confident with the kids we have.”


Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Churchill running backs ready for contact

Bulldogs plan to have Malik Harris, Blake Dove split carries again this season

by Colin Stevens Staff writer

More News

When it comes to crunching, bone-jarring hits, Winston Churchill High School running backs Blake Dove and Malik Harris won’t shy away. “Malik, he’s a power back. He’ll run you right over,” said Dove, a rising junior. “At the same time, I’ll give you contact and I give you speed. We both know the position really well. We’ve played football together since we were young.”

Barring ending up at the same college, this will most likely be Dove’s and Harris’s last season together, and they plan to make it memorable. With most of their offensive line returning, the two running backs expect to be one of the top rushing attacks in the area this fall.

Harris, a rising senior, returns as Churchill’s top rusher after gaining 900 yards and scoring eight touchdowns on 144 carries (6.2 average) last year. Dove was the Bulldogs’ third-leading rusher with 265 yards and three touchdowns on 65 carries.

Coach Joe Allen said they are different runners who play to each other’s strengths. Harris is all lower body, with the ability to move a pile on his own and bully opposing defenders. Dove’s strength is his straight-line speed and upper body strength.

“When I have options like that, it’s certainly something we appreciate and utilize,” Allen said. “We’re going to concentrate on using those guys to the best of their abilities and do even more of that this year.”

Dove said they aren’t worried about splitting carries and said it will benefit both runners at the end of the season. Both players will also start at linebacker, so the time to rest during offensive snaps will be critical.

“We know how to share the ball and not be too cocky with it,” Dove said. “I think it should really help. We both get tired going both ways, so [splitting carries] is good.”

Allen expects Ali Kazemipour and Alec McGee to anchor the line, and he is excited to see what rising sophomore Reiley Bartine will be able to do after missing most of last season with a concussion.

“We’ll be able to pound the football and throw the football as well,” Allen said. “We strive to be balanced, but we have to take time to run the football.”

Dove thinks his combining with Harris will help Churchill, which won the 4A South Division title last year, return to the playoffs.

“We’re the dream team,” Dove said. “We both know what we need to do and what it takes. We know what we need to do when we need to push ourselves to the limit.”


2012 Defensive highlights

2012 Offensive highlights

2012 record 7-4 MoCo 4A South champions; lost in 1st round of playoffs




08/31 @ Kennedy (Silver Spring, MD)

Location: Kennedy High School

34 – 0Win
09/076:30p Whitman (Bethesda, MD)

Location: Churchill High School

33 – 9Win
09/14TBA @ Bethesda-Chevy Chase (Bethesda, MD)

Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School

23 – 0Win
09/216:30p Seneca Valley (Germantown, MD)

Game Details: CHURCHILL HS

28 – 22Loss
09/292:00p @ Gaithersburg (Gaithersburg, MD)

Game Details: at GHS

13 – 6Win
10/056:30p Northwest (Germantown, MD)

Game Details: CHURCHILL HS

27 – 24Loss
10/126:30p @ Johnson (Bethesda, MD)


33 – 20Win
10/196:30p Springbrook (Silver Spring, MD)

Game Details: CHURCHILL HS

14 – 0Win
10/266:30p Wootton (Rockville, MD)

Game Details: CHURCHILL HS

24 – 14Win
11/026:30p @ Sherwood (Sandy Spring, MD)

Game Details: SHERWOOD HS

17 – 10Loss
11/09TBA @ Northwest (Germantown, MD)

Location: Northwest High School

2012 Maryland Boys State Football Playoff Brackets: MP

27-7 loss



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