Fetters Fuels Gaithersburg

By Elton Hayes:
BETHESDA, MD-A historic performance by the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons (6-4) still was not enough to propel them to victory. On a chilly November night that saw players from both teams break personal and schools records, the Barons failed to gain a coveted spot to the Class 4A West regional playoffs. The Barons suffered a heartbreaking 50-34 home-field loss to the Gaithersburg Trojans in a highly competitive game that will be reminisced by the players and fans alike for years to come.

The B-CC Barons entered last night's contest nursing a one game losing streak. Desperate for a spark to ignite his team, second year head coach Rich Noland decided to turn to sophomore Jordahn Brown for the start at quarterback, replacing Kasey Cotting.

Gaithersburg already clinched a playoff spot, but was thin at depth on the defensive side of the ball as four Trojan defenders were forced to miss the game either with injury or for personal reasons.

Gaithersburg received the ball first and wasted no time finding the endzone. The Trojans easily marched downfield on the Barons with QB Zack Fetters carving up the B-CC secondary along the way. Gaithersburg's first drive resulted in a touchdown, as Fetters delivered his first of five touchdown tosses on the night, to wideout Billy Brown for 22 yards. Just a few minutes later, the two would hookup again, this time from 27 yards out, as Fetters lobbed a pass with beautiful touch hitting Brown in perfect stride down the sideline. With the score being already 14-0 halfway through the first quarter, a Gaithersburg blowout seemed eminent.

The Bethesda-Chevy Chase offense sputtered early, as freshly inserted QB Jordahn Brown battled nervous jitters. The Baron ground game failed to assist the young QB as a noticeably larger Gaithersburg defensive line met little resistance from the B-CC offensive line. After struggling early, Brown connected with WR DeAndre Cooper, firing a bullet on a crossing pattern that resulted in a 12 yard touchdown pass at the start of the second quarter.

Both teams traded scores in the second quarter, determined not to be outdone by each other. The highlight of the second quarter occurred with 1:23 left when B-CC's Brown connected with Cooper for a 77 yard touchdown pass. The home crowd erupted in cheers when it was announced that Brown's pass to Cooper set a B-CC school record for longest touchdown pass.

Gaithersburg's Fetters engineered an impressive drive for the Trojans, throwing yet another TD to Brown as time expired in the second quarter. At the half, the Trojans led the 26-19.

B-CC received the ball to start the second half but turned it over as Brown was intercepted by LB Steven Kasasa. Once again, the Trojans were unstoppable on offense, converting a fourth down play into a 30 yard TD pass from Fetters to Brown. Shaking off his recent interception, B-CC's Brown answered right back, hitting Terrance James for a 60 yard touchdown.

B-CC's defense held strong for the remainder of the third quarter only allowing one touchdown and forcing the Trojans to punt.

After scoring on their first drive of the fourth quarter, the Barons managed to tie the game at 34. After the ensuing kickoff, the Fetters-led Trojans showed resilience, moving the ball downfield at ease. The Trojans scored as Fetters connected with Kris Westphal from 25 yards out. After that, Gaithersburg did not look back, not surrendering the lead for the rest of the game.

Fetters not only dominated offensively, but he menaced Jordahn Brown all fourth quarter and picked him off three times total in the game. In what will likely be remembered as one of the season's greatest individual performances, a modest Fetters stated, "I just love football. It was a great offensive game, both offenses clicked tonight." Even Fetters still seemed in shock over his three picks last night, stating that gave him eight on the season, and when realizing his passing achievements, "I've never thrown for over 300 before!"

As time expired on the B-CC scoreboard, a thrilling night in Montgomery County came to a close. Numerous individual records were broken as Gaithersburg's Fetters (365), and B-CC's Brown (324) threw for the first and second most passing yards in Montgomery this season. Fetters threw 5 touchdown passes while Brown threw 3. Gaithersburg's Billy Brown also achieved a personal best in yards receiving (149) and in touchdown receptions (4).

While Bethesda-Chevy Chase's season is finished, Gaithersburg will host Whitman in the regional semifinal next week. "Everybody's zero-zero, starting all over again," answered Gaithersburg head coach, Kreg Kephart, when asked about the playoffs. Fetters thought last night's game already "felt like a playoff." As for the real playoffs, Fetters said, "We've gotta play harder. Whitman is coming for us, that's a fact."