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Coyotes Fall to Trojans in Battle of the ‘Burgs



One of Montgomery County’s top young rivalries is the Battle of the ‘Burgs between the 4A West’s Clarksburg and Gaithersburg.

Situated just eight miles apart on Route 355, these two schools’ athletics programs face off multiple times a year, usually in close and competitive contests.

The Coyotes (5-11) and Trojans’ (13-2) second meeting of the 2018-19 boys’ basketball season unfortunately ended up being one of the more one-sided affairs, as the visiting Trojans completed the season sweep of the Coyotes with a 76-44 victory Friday evening.

“It’s easy to say we have injuries, it’s easy to say we’re a little banged up,” Clarksburg head coach Steven Watson said. “Bottom line: We didn’t compete at a high level. That’s a high-level team, that’s a team that has eyes on winning the region, and from start to finish there were very few moments where we were willing to compete at that level.”


The Trojans started hot, putting up 11 points in the first four minutes of the game before the Coyotes could get on the board. The Coyotes rallied to shrink the gap to 6 points, only trailing 17-11 by the end of the first period.

“There were a couple stretches in the first quarter [when] they jumped out on us early,” Watson said. “There was a stretch, we showed some fi