One of my first career ambitions, in my sports crazed pre-teen years, was to be a reporter covering pro sports. I was way too biased and opinionated to be a good journalist (how things have changed!).
Now, with the demise of the Gazette and other traditional media outlets, I’m constantly discussing with political types about how there’s an enormous dearth of all kinds of political coverage. That gap exists in other areas, too – big high school sports games wouldn’t necessarily make the Post, but they would at least get a nice write up in the Gazette.
Well, I’m not going to become a high school sports outlet, but when the team from nearby Montgomery Blair, hardly a traditional football power, goes up to Germantown and stuns the three time state champions from Northwest High, that’s worth a mention. To its credit, the Post is giving the story major play, and it’s the headline story wrapping up last week’s games. It’s really quite David vs. Goliath stuff.
In front of a stunned crowd in Germantown, Blair lined up in victory formation and senior quarterback Desmond Colby took a knee to waste away the final seconds of its 40-36 victory.
“Little old Blair down in Silver Spring,” as Blazers Coach Andrew Fields put it, had just taken down Goliath Northwest, shocking the home fans and the Montgomery County football community.
But there was one group that wasn’t surprised by Friday night’s result: the Blazers.
The victory has been a long time coming for Blair (3-0), which earned its first playoff berth in 2014 and returned to the postseason last year with a revamped, pass-heavy offense.
Led by Colby, a third-year starter, the Blazers offense has taken another stride forward this fall. Against the Jaguars (2-1), the veteran quarterback passed for 411 yards and five touchdowns — two to senior wide receiver Clifford Carter (104 yards) and one to senior running back Eric Zokouri (194 yards).
“It’s all starting to come together. There’s a work ethic, there’s more talent across the board than we’ve ever had,” said Colby, who has 11 passing touchdowns this season. “It’s just something that’s been so long in the making that when the clock hit zero it was disbelief from everyone.”
Never before had the Blazers beat the the three-time state champion Jaguars, according to Fields. Last year they were blown out, 58-23, in a Week 3 matchup. In 2014, Northwest spoiled their playoff debut, 38-3.
An enormous win for a local team clearly on the rise. And I’m still completely unable to maintain even a shred of traditional journalistic objectivity. The next Blair game is at home Friday, September 23 against Churchill. I might even find my way to the game – it’s less than a mile from my house. Go Blazers!