Varsity Football · In War Against Wildcats, Wild Weather, We Win! Playoffs Next

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Churchill Bulldogs 36 Walter Johnson Wildcats 28
Homecoming, Senior Night 2018
The Bulldogs overcome an unrelenting opponent and utilize a powerful ground offense and some timely special teams play to notch the Homecoming and Senior Night victory. It was the second consecutive week in which the elements mercilessly posed an additional test for the Dawgs. Danver Field was already saturated prior to kickoff, and what began as intermittent showers early in the game became a torrent midway through the fourth quarter as the teams were engaged in a game deciding back-and-forth scrum.
The Bulldogs scored first, with senior honoree Patrick Richardson bolting up the middle for an 80 yard TD on the second play from scrimmage. He added a running two-point conversion for the 8-0 lead. The Churchill punt block team covered a bad snap on the next WJ possession to give the Dawgs the ball on the Wildcat three yard line. WJ’s defense held, however, and the Wildcats mounted a 99 yard drive to bring the score to 8-7. Churchill scored next, as senior QB Michael Janis passed to senior TE Nick Smyth for a 5 yard TD to take the lead to 14-7. The Bulldogs later got the ball inside WJ territory after a failed Wildcat punt fake, and Richardson added 39 yards to his total (217 on the night) on a sideline dash, giving the Bulldogs a 22-7 lead. The Wildcats scored next possession on a 12 yard pass and completed a 2 point conversion to tighten the margin to 8. Kadron Washington gave the Bulldog 6 points back on the next play scooping the ball out of the muck and returning the kickoff 80 yards to open the halftime Churchill lead to 28-15.
The Wildcats scored on a 5 play, 60 yard drive in the third, tightening the Churchill lead to 28-22, but the Bulldogs then mounted a 63 yard drive, featuring a 32 yard run by Janis, concluding with a 5 yard score by senior WR Andrew Ha. He added the 2 point conversion on a similar play-call to finalize the Dawgs scoring at 36, giving them a 14 point lead. It wasn’t over for the Wildcats, as they drove and scored from the 1, but Washington partially blocked the kick conversion attempt, keeping the margin at a critical 8 points, and the final score at 36-28. The weather tsunami hit next, sending homecoming tents flying and their occupants dashing for cover, as the teams incredibly finished a contest as wild as the elements. Sophomore Josh Pilarski slowed the WJ attack by recovering a fumbled punt during the maelstrom. Janis took the victory knee after the teams exchanged possessions to consume the last minute and initiate a soaked, muddy celebration of a 9-1 Churchill Bulldog football regular season.
With the victory, the Bulldogs earn the second seed in the Maryland 4A West playoffs, and earn a home rematch with the third-seeded Northwest Jaguars, with the time for Friday’s kickoff to become official shortly.
Notable: The Championship Belt was awarded last week to defensive and special teams stalwart senior Jack Butler, and was earned by junior linebacker Casey Casten for his outstanding performance in containing the Wildcat run and special team’s play in Friday’s game. Congratulations to both!