Rewinding the week that was in Peninsula District football, in which The Game was A Blowout, last year’s darling has emerged as this year’s title contender, and the only real showdown was across the Coleman.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Marshawn Williams, Phoebus. The Phantoms’ bulldog of a back rushed for 233 yards and four touchdowns, all in only 18 carries, in a 42-0 rout of Hampton Friday night. In five games, Williams has rushed for 1,012 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Williams is the first PD back to rush for 1,000 in his first five games since Phoebus’ Elan Lewis (1,068 in 2003).
Others of note: Denbigh QB Terrence Dingle (16-of-29, 261 yards, 3 TDs), Denbigh WR Darius Banks (five catches, 154 yards, 2 TDs), Heritage QB Jeremiah Boyd (8-of-12, 225 yards, 3 TDs), Heritage WR/KR Timothy Holden-Bethea (186 all-purpose yards, 3 TDs), Gloucester QB James Scott (273 total yards, 3 TDs).
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Justice Fauntleroy, Heritage. The Hurricanes’ linebacker had seven tackles (six solo) and two sacks in a 44-14 win over Bethel Thursday night. Heritage held Bethel to 175 total yards.
Others of note: Bethel DE Evan Scott (nine tackles, fumble recovery, blocked punt), Phoebus DT Walt Brantley (seven tackles, 1.5 sacks), Phoebus DB Haasan Price (six tackles, two interceptions).
ANOTHER BLOWOUT WEEK. Neither of the potential showdowns developed, and four of the five games this week were decided by 28 points or more. Phoebus posted its biggest margin of victory ever against Hampton, and Heritage enjoyed its margin over Bethel since the 1990s.
What many expected to be a blowout and wasn’t was Woodside at Gloucester. The Dukes rallied from a 20-0 deficit before losing 27-24. Gloucester had the ball in the final half minute but was unable to score.
WHAT A DEBUT. Before Thursday night, the extent of Jeremiah Boyd’s playing time was a 3-yard touchdown run in mop-up duty against Menchville. But the freshman got an unexpected start against Bethel and, to use a cliché, a star was born.
Boyd’s first career attempt went for a 67-yard touchdown pass. He added two more as the Hurricanes won their fifth in a row.
HAPPY RETURNS. Phoebus had 262 total yards against Hampton, about 70 below its season average coming in. But the Phantoms finished with 266 return yards — 87 coming on Kenneth Giles’ interception return; 79 coming on Robbie Robinson’s punt return.
THIS WEEK: The biggest game on the docket is Woodside (4-1, 3-1) vs. Heritage (5-0, 4-0), Friday night at Todd. The Wolverines need a win in the ever-competitive 6A South, while the Hurricanes have probably already clinched in 4A South.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun