Rene pro­pels Ma­roon’s aerial at­tack

IN­TER­STATE ATH­LETIC CON­FER­ENCE FOOT­BALL

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - BY MARK GIAN­NOTTO mark.gian­notto@wash­post.com

Epis­co­pal quar­ter­back Henry Hay re­turned to the side­line and kept ask­ing who caught his lat­est touch­down pass, even if he should have known bet­ter. The ball had got­ten away from him on the re­lease, Hay ex­plained to wide re­ceiver Chris Giblin, and “I just knuck­le­balled it.”

“So was that to me?” asked Giblin, who could now hardly be­lieve he had seen fel­low se­nior Pa­trice Rene leap and grab the flut­ter­ing throw from the air.

But Rene left ev­ery­one in Alexandria won­der­ing what he might do next, lead­ing Epis­co­pal to a 34-12 win over Bullis on Satur­day with an aerial at­tack few could have pre­dicted. The Rut­gers de­fen­sive back com­mit turned four of his five catches into touch­downs and fin­ished with 164 re­ceiv­ing yards.

Hay had a ca­reer-high five touch­down passes, but Rene did much of the dam­age. His first two scores were short throws that he took the dis­tance. His fi­nal two touch­downs in­volved dives to make the catch in the end zone.

Either way, Rene proved too much for Bullis’s in­ex­pe­ri­enced sec­ondary, and the Ma­roon (4-0, 2-0 In­ter­state Ath­letic Con­fer­ence) scored 34 straight points af­ter the Bull­dogs took an early 6-0 lead.

“When I’m play­ing, I don’t re­ally think about any­thing. I just do what it is, and I feel it,” Rene said. “We’re def­i­nitely a run­ning team, but once they started key­ing in on that, that opened up our pass­ing game.”

Bullis (1-4, 0-1) suf­fered its first league loss since 2012, and the two-time de­fend­ing IAC cham­pi­ons con­tin­ued to strug­gle on both sides of the ball.

Play­ing in front of in­terim Mary­land foot­ball Coach Mike Lock­sley on Satur­day, Ter­rap­ins quar­ter­back com­mit Dwayne Hask­ins Jr. com­pleted 26 of his 38 passes for 284 yards and a touch­down, but the Bull­dogs couldn’t gen­er­ate much down­field. Af­ter ju­nior Da­mani Neal (90 rush­ing yards) scored on the sec­ond drive of the day, Bullis was held score­less un­til the fi­nal minute of reg­u­la­tion.

“This is big. We’d been think­ing about this game,” said Hay, al­lud­ing to Epis­co­pal’s sec­ond­place fin­ish be­hind Bullis in the IAC the past two years.

Af­ter­ward, Rene couldn’t pick one touch­down he liked bet­ter than the other. Maybe the last catch, he said, a 21-yarder in which he sprawled to the ground to cor­ral his sec­ond score in two min­utes to punc­tu­ate the af­ter­noon.

Re­gard­less, on a field fea­tur­ing sev­eral col­lege prospects, Epis­co­pal had the best one.

“There’s a lot of good things that hap­pened to­day,” Coach Panos Voul­garis told his play­ers, “but we’re lucky to have Pa­trice Rene on our team.”

DOUG KAPUSTIN FOR THE WASH­ING­TON POST

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