Poolesville’s Gritty Season Continues With Dramatic Overtime Win at Watkins Mill
The Poolesville football team record is 4-4 this season. However, the Falcons are just three points from being 6-2, losing the opening game to Walter Johnson by one point in OT and coming within two points of beating a 7-1 Blake team that is having its best season since 2011. The Falcons have shown grit and resilience all season, and those qualities were on full display last Friday as Poolesville came from being down 14 points at halftime to win a 48-41 overtime victory over Watkins Mill last Friday.
The Falcons and the Wolverines traded three touchdowns each in the first half. Watkins Mill scored first, and Poolesville answered back with a 20-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Ethan Gaddis, who threw for a 162-yards and five touchdowns in the game.
Watkins Mill scored with less than 1:30 left in the first half to take a 27-20 lead and caught Poolesville sleeping with an on-side kick. Watkins Mill recovered and was able to score to extend the lead to 34-20 as the first half ended.
Poolesville came out after halftime and stopped the ‘Rines offense for the first time all game. The Falcons, led by senior running back Connell Oberman, managed to put 21 straight points on the board, while the defense held Watkins Mill and their prolific senior quarterback Markel Grant, who threw for 314 passing yards in the game, scoreless for most of the second half.
Oberman, who is the leading rusher in Montgomery County ran for over 100 yards and two touchdowns in the game. Oberman has run for over 100 yards in five games this season including a season-high 287 yards a tough loss to Seneca Valley the week before.
Late in the fourth quarter, Poolesville clung to a 41-34 lead when Grant and the ‘Rines found the endzone thanks to a short pass and long run to tie the game at 41 and force overtime.
In overtime, the Falcons got the ball first and scored on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Gaddis to Oberman to take a 48-41 lead. When the teams switched, and Watkins Mill got there shot at the endzone, Poolesville’s sophomore linebacker Colin Hemingway corralled Grant in the backfield on third down. On the fourth down, Grant connected with Kaden Prather on a pass, but he stopped short of the end zone ensuring the Falcons’ victory.
With two games left in the season, Poolesville will host 3-5 Magruder Friday night for senior night at The Falcon’s Nest under the water tower. They will finish their season on the road against 3-5 Manchester Valley in Carroll County on Friday, Nov. 3.
Top: The Poolesville Falcons celebrate their 48-41 overtime victory at Watkins Mill on Friday. The Falcons are 4-4 on the season.
Next: Montgomery County’s leading rusher, Connell Oberman (21) takes the ball up the middle for one of his two rushing touchdowns in the 48-41 overtime victory over Watkins Mill.
Next: Falcons senior receiver Sam Garrett (6) had eight receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown last Friday in the overtime victory over Watkins Mill.
Next: Poolesville’s senior Charlie Brill (26) returns a kick during last Friday’s game.
Photos by Mark Kasten.