Saturday, October 13, 2018: Running back Brandon Bell (21) of Wise drives into the end zone for a second quarter touchdown during a high school football game between Oxon Hill and Wise played at Clipper Stadium in Oxon Hill, MD. Photo by Michael R. Smith/The Prince George’s Sentinel.
OXON HILL – The potent rushing attack of the Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School’s football team was on full display during a matchup against Oxon Hill on Oct. 13, leading to six rushing touchdowns combined by two seniors, quarterback Quinton Williams and running back Brandon Bell.
Bell rushed for 124 yards and three touchdowns on only nine carries while Williams rushed for two touchdowns and accumulated 209 total yards. These two studs used their legs to lead Wise to a dominant 55-0 shutout victory over Oxon Hill.
“Today I took pride and putting the offense and the team on my back,” said Williams, who finished the game with three touchdowns. “The coaches told me we’re a better team when I’m aggressive and to do well with my feet.
“It puts more pressure on the defense when I run the ball, so I try to do that a lot more now. I feel we had a really good game on all sides of the ball. I feel like we took control of the game, especially up front. The receivers made good plays, and our running backs made big plays and me. We just came together and helped each other out. I think our offense kick-started the game off well.”
The Wise offense fired off quickly on all cylinders. In just under three minutes in the first quarter, Williams broke off for a 24-yard run for the first score of the game. Moments later, Williams also showed his throwing ability as he tossed a 23-yard strike to junior wide receiver Anthony Morales to out to put Wise up 14-0. To add insult to injury, as time winded down in the first, senior wide receiver Isaiah Hazel scored on a 29-yard rush to make the score 21-0.
The second quarter did not get better for Oxon Hill as Wise continued with their aggressive offense.
Bell scored two rushing touchdowns in less than four minutes that increased the lead to 35-0 midway through the second quarter. Williams got back in the action as he finished his stat-filled first half with a 52-yard touchdown run, which gave Wise a 41-0 as they went into halftime.
“I basically used my vision and also the O-line played a big part today,” Bell said of his running success.
“Honestly, I feel like I’m an all-around back. We came together as a group, and I broke a few off. We made big-time plays and Williams did what he had to do, which was stay in the pocket, stay poised and throw the ball downfield.”
On very first play of the second half, Bell broke off for a 64-yard touchdown that gave them a 48-0 lead. That big play sealed the deal for Wise as they cruised to their fourth consecutive win. Although the offense was the story of the game, the defense held the Clippers scoreless and stopped Oxon Hill on multiple big fourth-down plays.
“The defense stayed focus, and we played as a team,” said senior cornerback Tamar Campbell, who had the only turnover of the entire game with a late fourth quarter interception. “We rallied to the football and everything that we did throughout practice showed today to win this game. We just have to keep playing as a whole, keep rallying to the football, keep maintaining focus and practicing hard and playing hard.”
With this dominating win over Oxon Hill, Wise will go to 5-1 on the season and will look for their fifth-straight victory against Eleanor Roosevelt on the road next week.
“I think we executed well today,” Wise Head Coach DaLawn Parrish said. “We’re doing a good job of getting better week-by-week. We moved some people around, and people are practicing very hard. They are paying attention to detail because of that, and we were able to execute today.
“I thought we did a great job at cleaning up the flags. That’s something that’s been stopping us all year long. That’s been drive killers or extending other team’s drives.
“Every game is a championship game for us. It could be your last game because we play a violent game with violent people. You could be out the next day, so play every game like it’s your last, make it your championship and you’ll always go out there and do the best you can.”