The Week That Was!
The touchdown that was not!
That’s what it came down to on Friday at Bishop Ireton. The touchdown that was not!
Midway through the fourth quarter, Kamrin Moore picked off an errant Ireton pass in the end zone and returned the interception 104 yards for an apparent touchdown as the enthusiastic DJO student following in the west end zone erupted in celebration. Instead of the Knights needing only an extra point conversion to knot the score at 14-all, a clipping penalty behind the return at midfield negated Moore’s TD sprint as the officials called the play back. The Knights proceeded to move the ball, but came up short when all was said and done.
Football, like most sports, is a game of mistakes and missed opportunities – and the Knights had more than their fair share of both. Costly penalties, turnovers and poor field position (especially following intermission) plagued Bishop O’Connell throughout. Fortunately, Ireton had some of the same issues – allowing the Knights to stay in it until the very end. That, plus the play of the O’Connell defense which rose to the occasion and stymied the Cardinals four different times inside the DJO 20-yard-line.
O’Connell had stellar efforts on both sides of the ball from some youngsters, most notably sophomore standouts Santoni Graham, Marquis Rowe and Moore along with freshman George Hawkins. Graham is a beast on D, totaling 12 tackles (8 solo, 4 assists) while anchoring the middle of the DJO defense. Rowe (five carries for 48 yards, two receptions for 23 yards) and Moore (12 rushes for 54 yards, one catch for 13 yards) are exciting game-breakers from anywhere on the field. And Hawkins had the day’s biggest play, a 39-yard pass reception from senior quarterback Tom Terwilliger. Another two-way standout for the Knights was senior lineman Jonathan Mendez. Mendez was especially impressive on the defensive side of the ball, recording a sack and two tackles for losses. Defensively, Earon Settles (10 tackles) and Matthew Wilson (9 tackles) also had good games.
Perhaps fueled by the moving, emotional, heart-felt tribute to Coach Steve Trimble delivered by assistant coach T.J. Fitzpatrick earlier in the day at Mass, or Bishop Ireton’s classy pre-game observance, the team and the O’Connell faithful played with and displayed an energy rarely evidenced in a regular season opener. In truth, it was a playoff atmosphere that filled the air on Friday afternoon at Ireton. Appropriately, Coach Trimble’s family was there. And, for that matter, so was Steve...you could feel it!
And, when all was said and done, Coach Trimble had to be pleased: his players and coaches had performed just as he would have desired. They played hard and, in truth, left their game on the field – just as he would have wanted it. It just was not to be!
On this afternoon, there were no losers. Just two rival football teams who gave it their best. All in all, it was a great high school football game and a nice start to the 2011-12 school year!
A Note on Volleyball
Through the years, Bishop O’Connell High School has been blessed with some outstanding talent in the athletic arena – and this year is no exception. Especially on the volleyball front! Followers of the game have seen some good ones come and go in recent years here at O’Connell, including some big-time hitters in Hanna Porterfield, Jen Katz and Colleen Carty to name just a few.
The new kid on the block is 6-foot-1 junior Claire Crutchfield – an outside hitter who is making a name for herself not only locally but nationally. Consider this: PrepVolleyball.com included Claire on its list of Best Varsity Playing High School Sophomores in the country this past year. Here’s what that renowned national web site had to say:
Crutchfield ranked 16th in The Washington Post’s All-Met kill leaders. A powerful do-everything outside hitter, Claire led her Bishop O’Connell team to an appearance in the Virginia Independent Schools Volleyball Association semi-finals, losing to eventual state champion Flint Hill. Never coming off the court, Claire finished the season leading her team with 299 kills, while adding 83 digs and 70 aces. She was named 1st Team Division I All-State and a member of the VISVA State All-Tournament Team.
Some high praise – and certainly well-deserved as Crutchfield and the Lady Knights gear up for the 2011 Fall campaign. Coach Mike Barnett’s girls open today at Maret School, a 4:15 matchup.
With the preseason and scrimmages behind us now, let the games begin! Go Knights!
Tuesday September, 6, 2011 at 11:56AM