Ger­man­town Academy runs wild in win over KIPP-Dubois

Wroten does it all for Pa­tri­ots

The Review - - SPORTS - By Kevin Hunter khunter@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @ on Twit­ter

WHITEMARSH » Noth­ing slowed down 6-foot-3, 308-pound Eli­jah Wroten on his first var­sity touch­down run, not even a midair, cel­e­bra­tory chest bump in which he sent team­mate Coul­ten Grasella fly­ing back­wards in a hurry.

“I was run­ning too fast when I came back to the side­line,” Wroten said with a chuckle.

By then, Ger­man­town Academy had scored a clean knock­out, go­ing on to win 49-0 over KIPP-DuBois Col­le­giate Academy in a non-league con­test that raised the Pa­tri­ots’ un­beaten record to 4-0.

“The only thing bet­ter than 4-0 is 5-0,” was the team chant after­wards.

The Pa­tri­ots are mov­ing for­ward, and so is Wroten, who — in ad­di­tion to lock­ing things down on the of­fen­sive and de­fen­sive lines - got a carry around the goal line, and he went charg­ing into the end zone on his two­yard run to in­crease the GA lead to 35-0 in the sec­ond quar­ter.

“That was a real ex­cit­ing one. That was awe­some — I loved that,” Wroten said of his first TD since mid­dle school, when he scored on a pick six. “I was kinda ner­vous at first be­cause we were pre­par­ing for that. But as soon as I got into the end zone, it felt good.”

The Pa­tri­ots got into the end zone in many dif­fer­ent ways Satur­day at Carey Sta­dium — on the ground, through the air, and on a whiffed punt at­tempt by KIPP that was re­cov­ered by Kyle Mul­bah for a touch­down.

“I def­i­nitely have a lot of faith in my guys,” said Wroten, who is headed to Duke next year. “I feel like we’re mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion as a team and as a unit. See­ing how hard every­body works dur­ing the week, who knows how far we can go.”

Ger­man­town Academy moved briskly down­field on its first se­ries, tak­ing a 7-0 lead when quar­ter­back Jor­dan Longino hit Lacey Snow­den for a four-yard touch­down. The Pa­tri­ots dou­bled their lead soon af­ter, when Lions quar­ter­back/punter Don­tay Reis was rushed and pres­sured into miss­ing the ball on a punt at­tempt, and the ball was re­cov­ered by Mul­bah for a score.

Next, Longino hit Jake Hsu for a 27-yard touch­down and a 21-0 ad­van­tage, and then Trae Vance dis­played his tack­le­break­ing abil­ity as well as his break­away speed, motoring to a 40-yard score that widened the gap to 28-0.

“We came right out and did what we wanted to do, which is run the ball with Trae,” Pats coach Matt Dence said of Vance, who had 12 car­ries for 103 yards and a pair of TD’s. “Trae is a heck of a run­ning back and we have a heck of an of­fen­sive line. But the other thing was we wanted to get Jor­dan com­fort­able, and he opened up with a nice com­ple­tion to Tayshaun (Mack for eight yards on the first play).

“And we just started rolling from there.”

Longino hit Jerry Grif­f­enBatch­ler for 19 yards, help­ing to set up the touch­down run by Wroten that spiked the lead to 35-0.

“He’s been talk­ing to me about that for four years,” Dence said of the se­nior cap­tain. “He’s an athletic kid. He’s go­ing to play foot­ball in the ACC — he’s an athletic kid. The kids were ex­cited for him. Eli­jah’s one of the best lead­ers I’ve ever had.

“He’s also one of the best play­ers we’ve ever had, but he’s a

great leader, a self­less kid. He re­ally wouldn’t have cared if I gave him the ball or not, but when we did, his smile went ear to ear.”

The Pa­tri­ots dom­i­nated from one end of the field to the other, and with a de­fense led by a spec­tac­u­lar lineback­ing corps, Jack Sheri­dan and Co. sur­ren­dered just nine rush­ing yards. A 46-yard pass play from Reis to Jolann Al­ston was the long­est play of the day for KIPP (0-5).

With a run­ning clock, GA added scores by Vance and backup QB Matt Brit­ting­ham to fin­ish things up.


Eli­jah Wroten an­chored the of­fen­sive and de­fen­sive lines and scored his first var­sity touch­down for Ger­man­town Academy Satur­day in a win over KIPP-DuBois.

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