Teammates discover elusive chemistry on field to propel No. 17 Tigers to critical win
DUVAL 27, SUITLAND 21
DuVal senior Demarco Seay had an undeniable connection with injured All-Met quarterback Antoine Brooks. The two formed a dynamic duo for the Tigers’ offense on the field and were cousins off it. Seay’s bond with senior quarterback Kendall Dew-Gregory, on the other hand, had always been more of a “lovehate relationship,” according to Dew-Gregory.
“We’re two grown boys,” Dew-Gregory explained, “but at the end of the day, we know it’s about a championship.”
The truce forged between these stubborn teammates paid off Saturday afternoon, when No. 17 DuVal picked up a crucial 27-21 win over Suitland in District Heights.
Seay had an interception as a cornerback and caught a 45-yard touchdown pass from Dew-Greg- ory on consecutive plays in the first quarter. He then hauled in a clutch third-down reception on a methodical 14-play, 80-yard drive to start the second half, setting up Dew-Gregory for a one-yard touchdown run that held up as the game-winning score.
Brooks “was the big factor, and I was the one that helped. But now he’s gone, and I’ve got to do both,” Seay said. “I’ve been telling myself just to do it for him.”
DuVal (7-1, 6-1 Prince George’s 4A) has won two straight games playing a style different than the one it used before Brooks suffered a compound fracture of his ankle and a broken wrist in a 42-7 loss to No. 7 Wise on Oct. 12. Dew-Gregory is throwing more — he completed 13 of his 17 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns Saturday — and senior Corey Williams and sophomore David Dupree are splitting carries.
But Suitland (6-2, 5-2), one of the county’s five teams jockeying for four playoff spots, came out firing. On the first play from scrimmage, after a long kickoff return by Rams senior Manasseh Bailey, tailback Rakeem Darden scored on a 30-yard touchdown run.
DuVal answered with 21 straight points before Suitland wide receiver Tevin Singleton outran the entire secondary on a 63-yard touchdown catch. He added a 45-yard touchdown reception to keep the Rams within striking distance.
The Tigers, though, kept getting contributions from across the roster, even after two-way lineman Armando Alvarado left with a knee injury. Linebacker Dante Vaughn had a fourthquarter interception. Junior Daniel Brooks recovered a muffed punt when Suitland had a chance to take the lead late. Senior Devin Rivers then closed the game with a sack.
“Everything was so around Antoine,” Coach Dameon Powell said, fighting back tears. “But these guys are showing that they can make the plays.”