The Clarksburg Coyotes battled Paint Branch Panthers and the elements in Friday’s season finale at Canyon. The ‘Yotes came up short in a 47-13 loss, as Paint Branch improved their record to 9-1 and prepared for the 4A North Regional Semi-Finals against 7-3 Sherwood coming up this Friday.
The Canyon was wet and soaked on Friday as a torrential rainstorm blew through the area. The Coyotes forced the Panthers to turn the ball over on downs in their first series, but the weather made for a slick ball and quick turnover. The fumble gave Paint Branch good field position and senior quarterback Norman Douglas Jr. was able to find senior receiver Ishmael Agbodzah for a touchdown to take a 7-0 lead.
Douglas and Agbodzah would hook up for the second touchdown of the first quarter after Clarksburg would be forced to punt on the next possession. Douglas tossed a 56-yard strike to Agbodzah to extend the lead to 14-0 with 3:23 left in the first quarter.
The Panthers would be in the endzone again before the end of the quarter when senior defensive back Christopher Adotey intercepted a Joey Perkins pass to set up Paint Branch for their third touchdown of the game, a one-yard plunge by senior back D'Angelo Ferguson. The kick would bounce off the goal posts. Panthers led 20-0.
The Coyotes were hampered by the weather and could not get anything going offensively. After Clarksburg punt, Paint Branch took over at the Coyote 40-yard-line. The Panthers would pound the ball with senior running back Justin Page eating up chunks of muddy ground to get the ball within the 10-yard-line. Page would pound the ball into the endzone from the two-yard-line to extend the lead to 27-0 with 4:40 left in the first half.
Clarksburg would come out of halftime with a sustained drive which was capped off by a two-yard sneak by senior quarterback Joey Perkins to cut the lead to 27-7 before the already bad weather turned horrendous. In the third quarter, the hardest rain and fiercest winds began to blow through the Canyon in Clarksburg making for tough sledding for the Coyotes.
The Coyotes ended their second season under Coach Bob Plante at 6-4, an improvement from last year’s 3-7 mark. The 2018 season was the team’s best since 2014 when Clarksburg finished 7-3.
In other Germantown area football news, the Northwest Jags coasted to their eighth victory of the season on Friday, as they prepare for the first round of the playoffs and a match up with 9-1 Churchill in Potomac coming up this Friday.
Last week, the Jags dismantled the Barons of Bethesda Chevy-Chase with a 49-7 victory on Friday. The Jaguars are now 8-2 for the 2018 season.
Top: Paint Branch’s senior running back Justin Page (1) plunges through the rain and is tackled by Clarksburg’s sophomore Matthew Esdelle (18).
Next: The Panther’s senior defensive back Christopher Adotey (12) intercepted a pass to set up Paint Branch for their third touchdown of the game.
Next: Senior quarterback Joey Perkins (3) ran for the Coyote’s first touchdown of the game.
Photos by Germantown Pulse