Landon Beats Prep

Wynston Bouknight is congratulated after scoring his 2nd touchdown of the day.

By: Jeremy Moreland
BETHESDA, MD - In the latest chapter of the Washington-Metropolitan area's greatest rivalry, the Landon Bears (7-2) stunned the Little Hoyas of Georgetown Prep (7-3) on their home turf with a 20-14 victory.

The Bears scored all 20 of their points in an explosive 2nd quarter, then relied on defense and clock control in the second half to grind out the hard-fought win. This game was the definition of a battle in the trenches, as there was only 3 completed passes and both teams were determined to stick with their run-happy identitites.

Prep got off to a good start after recovering a John Lynn fumble late in the first quarter. Then they marched down the field and Senior quarterback Bobby Rutland took it in from two yards out to put the Little Hoyas up 6-0 (PAT was missed)

At that point Georgetown Prep seemed to have a ton of momentum and the crowd was going crazy. But they were quieted immediately when Antoine Hudson took the ensuing kickoff nearly to midfield. This led to Landon's first scoring drive of the day. Lynn capped off the drive with a 4-yard touchdown run.

Later in the second quarter an errant pitch from Rutland went over the head of running back Bobby Gribbin and was recovered by the Bears deep in Little Hoyas territory. The Bears made them pay with a Wynston Bouknight 4-yard touchdown run.

The Bears added another Bouknight score, this one from 8 yards out, to take a commanding 20-6 halftime lead. After not allowing more than 20 points in a game since a September 25th game against Gilman(4th game), the Little Hoyas gave up 20 in the 2nd quarter alone.

But Prep wasn't going to bow down quietly, and on their opening drive of the 2nd half they played the type of football they have been known for this season. A clock-eating, 8-minute drive ended with Bobby Gribbin scoring a 2-yard touchdown, his 16th of the season. Dominic Bryan added a two-point conversion and all of a sudden it was a 20-14 ballgame.

The game quickly turned into a defensive struggle for the final 16 minutes. The teams traded fruitless drives. Prep got good defensive performances from linebackers Dominic Bryan, Trey Lopez and others. For the Bears it was senior captain Max Lehrman who led the way. On the last play of the 3rd quarter, Lehrman laid a crushing hit on Rutland for a sack that ended a Little Hoyas drive.

Landon got the ball back early in the 4th quarter and methodically moved the ball down the field. The Bears successfully ate up the clock and coach Paul Padalino made a couple of gutsy calls to go for it on fourth down to extend the drive. With 1:30 left to go, Prep finally came up with a stop on 4th and 4.

But with no timeouts left, Prep's desperation drive sputtered after the Bears recovered a Rutland fumble. The Bears' faithful went crazy as Landon had taken back the Davis-Fegan Cup, in the second edition of the classic.

Gameday's Jeremy Moreland got to talk with Landon Coach Padalino and senior Max Lehrman following their team's win on Saturday: