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After Winning the Battle of the ‘Burgs, Clarksburg is 4-1 for the First Time in a Decade



In the Battle of the Burgs, the Clarksburg Coyotes football team improved to 4-1 following a 24-13 road victory over the 1-4 Gaithersburg Trojans Friday evening. The game was one of the few played on Friday night since most games were rescheduled to Saturday due to field conditions after a week of rain.

The Coyotes had not won at four of their first five games of the season in nearly 10 years when the 2009 squad started 5-0 en route to a 7-3 finish.

“For us to be 4-1, I don’t think anybody in the County would think that,” Clarksburg head coach Bob Plante said. “It’s a real tribute, not only to this coaching staff, my assistant coaches, but also these kids and this community.”


On Friday, Clarksburg started hot forcing Gaithersburg into a three-and-out on the first drive of the game before driving and eventually scoring on a 19-yard run by senior quarterback Joey Perkins five minutes into the game.

With an early 7-0 lead established, the Coyote defense forced a second three-and-out for the Trojans. Their offense once again drove down inside the Trojans’ red zone, but the Coyotes would not come away with points this time as Perkins was intercepted by senior linebacker Andrew Oni in the endzone.

Gaithersburg’s offense continued to struggle as the first quarter drew to a close, punting for a third time just 15 seconds into the second quarter. Clarksburg set up shop at their own 37-yard line, and big runs by Perkins and senior running back Ben Spiess put the ball on the Gaithersburg seven-yard line.