WASHINGTON — There isn’t a whole lot of suspense when the Falls Church Jaguars have the ball. Just get ready for small and speedy No. 10 and see if you can stop him.
The past few weeks, opponents have not had much success. Dakwandre Marshall is on a tear rarely seen, putting together three consecutive 300-yard games. This past Friday, Marshall carried 33 times for 305 yards and four touchdowns, leading Falls Church to a 46-34 victory over Lee.
For his efforts, Marshall was named the Military Bowl DC Touchdown Club High School Football Player of the Week.
“He’s a special football player. He does things you can’t coach,” Falls Church Coach Said Aziz said. “We’re so technique-driven because of a lot of our kids don’t play until they get to high school. But Dre, he just glides on the turf. We try not to teach him too much because it will slow him down.”
Marshall, who is 5 feet, 8 inches tall and 160 pounds, is a three-year starter. He rushed for 1,500 yards as a sophomore and was named all-state as a return specialist, with seven special teams touchdowns. Aziz called it a “down year” last season as Marshall rushed for 1,700 yards.
Marshall committed to Morgan State University during the offseason and worked hard to improve his speed and strength. “He knew he was going to be our only weapon because we graduated 25 seniors,” Aziz said.
Still, things started slowly this fall as the coaching staff tried to spread the ball around on offense. That changed after the first two games. Since then, however, Marshall is averaging 34 carries per game and Falls Church (3-4) has gotten on a roll. Marshall acknowledged having sore legs after each game, but he enjoys getting the opportunity to – literally – carry his team.
“He needs the ball in his hands for us to compete,” Aziz said. “He’s so shifty and quick.”
Other Player of the Week considerations were:
Chesapeake WR Russell Tongue caught two touchdown passes and made a key interception late in the game near his own goal line as the Cougars remained unbeaten with a 28-24 win over South River.
Oakdale WR Blake Baxter caught five passes for 165 yards and three touchdowns as the Bears beat Linganore, 56-7, in a meeting of previously unbeaten teams.
Hammond QB Sam Mercedes threw two touchdown passes and rushed for two more scores, including the game-winning 35-yarder with two minutes left as the Bears beat Atholton, 30-28.
Woodgrove RB KJ Lewis rushed for 186 yards and three touchdowns as the Wolverines beat Riverside, 43-7.
Quince Orchard RB Marquez Cooper rushed 34 times for 229 yards and two touchdowns as the Cougars beat previously unbeaten Paint Branch, 24-8.
Eleanor Roosevelt RB Antwain Littleton rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns as the Raiders beat DuVal, 34-0.
Patriot QB Chris Sonnenberg completed 9 of 15 passes for 298 yards and a touchdown before leaving with a second-half ankle injury as the Pioneers beat Stonewall Jackson, 29-19.
Georgetown Prep RB Jalen Hampton rushed 26 times for 203 yards and a touchdown and returned a kickoff 79 yards for another score as the Little Hoyas beat Benedictine, 24-14.
Great Mills RB Martrel Mason rushed for four touchdowns as the Hornets earned their first win of the season with a 40-16 win over Chopticon.
Good Counsel RB Sy’Veon Wilkerson rushed for 262 yards, including a 67-yard touchdown, as Good Counsel beat Gonzaga, 38-31, in a meeting of top-five local teams.
GAME OF THE WEEK
Note: With ESPN 2 covering the Good Counsel-St. John’s game, we went in another direction for this week’s private school matchup.
UPDATE: We’ll see you in Gaithersburg Friday night!