The Eagles came to Bethesda with the notion that a big Prince Georges County public school would be tough competition and the players sported some very cool helmets styled after the Oregon Duck feathers. High Point had some size, lots of speed and some very talented players. Their assets could not overcome the Bears’ consistent, multi-faceted offense (334 yds. on the ground and 117 yds. through the air), smothering D and exceptional kicking game.


Landon took the opening kick-off and drove 65 yds. in 7 plays, all on the ground with 4 runners (Joey Epstein, Justin Conner, Josh Hunter, Griffin Brown). Early in the season, a critical mark for predicting the O’s efficiency is the blocking; a wing T requires synchronicity among the 7 White Rocks( starting line—Keith Simms, Steven Gee, Maanik Lai, Grant Hani, John Slowinski, Joseph Gagnon and Mark Ebo; apologies to the famous Fordham 7 Blocks of Granite). They moved on time and with power. Josh powered through the last two yards to score the season’s 1st TD. The team of Jack Concannon (long snapper), Griffin (holder) and Aaron Broner (with the strong, accurate left leg) [hereinafter referred as 1to15to3 signifying the fluidity of the ball being centered, the crisp placing of the spheroid and the accurate intersection of the uprights] connected to make the score 7-0 Bears @ 8:20.


Aaron put his first kickoff into the visitors’ end zone, thus precluding a return. The Bear D held HPHS to three and out, forcing a punt.


The home team started off on High Point’s 49 and the running game motored down the field. Four carriers ran the ball 5 times (Josh, freshman scatback Jelani Machen, Joey and Griffin) for a total of 51 yards in a little over two minutes). Griffin scored and the 1-15-3 combination added their PAT point to make it 14-0 Bears @ 4:04.


The visitors used their speed and ability to cut to their advantage scoring on a 50 yard play at 1:41. The Eagles PAT was blocked by Keith Simms and a number of other Bears. Eagles 6 Bears 14.


Landon’s Jack Porter received the kickoff and moved it 16 yards to the Landon 35. Three plays moved the timeline into the second quarter.




Having moved the line of scrimmage 16 yds. on those last plays of the opening period (including an impressive inside reverse by freshman and little brother of Kolby, Jalen Williams ) the Bears continued downfield with another eight plays. The first completed pass for the 2015 statistics was a toss by Griffin and an Odell Beckham, Jr. one handed catch by Keith. Another swing pass from Griffin to Josh kept the momentum going. The final coup de grâce was a run by Griffin. The 1-15-3 PAT added another point @ 8:11 to make it Bears 21-6.


With their most recent possession a success, the Eagles were hoping for a positive possession. A Mark Ebo TFL brought those visitors’ dream to a crashing Bear reality. Then to destroy all hope, Griffin intercepted an HP pass in the end zone.


Back in Bears hands, a strong 1st down run by #4 (I thought #4 was in Ithaca?) set up a second and one at their own 29. The home coaching staff called a surprising pass play. Griffin rolled and led TE Mark Ebo with a pass which sent him down the field for a 71 yard TD pass (that exclamatory phrase hasn’t been used here for years). With the 1-15-3 conversion, the score registered Bears 28 Eagles 6 @ 5:57.


The Bears’ D benefitted from the 3rd consecutive kickoff into the end zone by Aaron. The front four (Mark, freshman Joshua Chapman, John Slowinski, Steven Gee), three preternatural LBs (Josh, Keith Jalen) and a deep experienced set of DBs (Griffin, Brian, Justin and Jack Porter) forced the HPHS team to a three and out. The 4th down punt was disturbed by Ben Gotfriend’s tipping of the ball to create a short field for the home team.


Great field position was squandered by Landon fumble; however the team from the PG County 4A league was unable to move the sticks (another three and out). The remaining 0:47 was essentially run out by Landon





The third period kickoff did not reach the end zone, but the home defense was effective. A run and two harassed QB scrambles netted 0 yards. The Eagles punt put the Bears at midfield.


With their first possession of this quarter resulted in the home team’s fifth score. Jets and straight runs were the staple of this possession (Jelani and Josh) advancing the line of play 78 yards in five plays. Notably, the freshman zoomed on a pitch and the senior broke three/ four tackles on two key plays. The end of this well executed series was a beautiful Griffin to Keith 14yd. TD pass. For the fifth time the 1-15-3 combination was flawless to make it Bears 35 Eagles 6 @ 7:07.


A tricky kickoff did not accomplish what was intended and the visitors took over at their own 35. The HP offense moved the ball, but stalled when Jalen knocked down a 3rd down pass and a 4th down rush was stopped.


The Bears O, replete with many substitutes, continued to possess the ball through the end of this quarter…




… and into the last period. A total of 14 plays resulted in the Bears’ 6th TD. Jalen, Tommy Baldwin (soph), John Geppert, Josh, Joey and Jelani all added to the positive yards. An eight yard run by Jelani tallied his first TD (eight yards) plus the 1-15-3 kicking keystone made the score 42-6 @5:32.


Aaron booted the kickoff into the end zone. The Eagles showed their spirit by hustling, but the running clock (under the rules with the margin of the scoreboard, the clock runs) ran out.



A dominant win over a big PG County school, but next week begins the three game Bethesda Bowl with an away game under the lights against Walt Whitman and a month later against BCC.





Player        attempts              completed           yards

Brown        8                           6                           117



Player        receptions           yards

Ebo            1                           70

Simms       2                           17

Hunter        2                           27

Conner      1                           3



Player        rushes                 yards

Hunter        17                        157

Brown        7                           30

Epstein      4                           29

Connor      1                           12

Williams     3                           10

Menendez           1                           9



Player        TDs (run/pass)   PATs                   points

Brown        2+2*=4                                     18

Hunter        1                                             6

Ebo            0+1*=1                                     6

Simms       0+1*=1                                     6

Machen     1                                              6

Broner                                    5                 5

  • Brown TD completions were to Ebo and Simms


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