Garrett Tech is finding success on the football field while experiencing some valuable life lessons.
The Falcons upped their record to 3-0 over the weekend with a 20-16 victory over St. John's. The victory was impressive for two reasons. The Falcons rallied for the win as Kentrell Smiley returned a kickoff 70 yards for the game-winning touchdown. And, Garrett won without quarterback Devontae Thames, who was suspended for the game for violating team policy.
"I thought that would cost us the game," said coach Dirk Thomas, who is in his fifth year at the school. "His conduct was detrimental to the team and it involved making poor choices. We get him back this week, so that's a boost. Hopefully, he learned something from this. Hopefully, the team learned a lesson, too."
The Falcons have 17 starters back from last year's team that was 2-8, including 0-5 in Region 6-AA. The team has displayed a positive attitude on the field and in the classroom.
"We have an academic policy, and if we live up to the standards that are in place, we'll do well," Thomas said. "It's what we do in school that affects what we do on the football field. If we lose two or three players a week because of grades, that's a big hit that will hurt us. If we stay academically sound, we'll be able to compete against anybody on our schedule."
Marcus Campbell and Jonathan Roberts are solid running backs, and Gerard Walker adds depth to the position.
"We just need to stay positive," Thomas said. "We run pretty well. We block well. We just can't do the things that put us in bad situations. We've already had some adversity, and we were able to respond well because we have character. Every team is going to have adversity whether if you're 10-0 or 0-10. It's how you respond."
Porter-Gaud has steamrolled both opponents to start the season with a 2-0 record heading into Friday night's game at Wilson Hall, and the Cyclones' passing attack has lived up to its lofty expectations.
Quarterback Hudson Worthy has completed 38 of 64 attempts for 698 yards and eight TDs. Stanton Seckinger has 12 receptions for 262 yards and four touchdowns, while Charlie Baker has 12 catches for 197 yards and four scores. Frank Dougherty has five catches for 90 yards.
The Red Zone is back for its fourth season on Comcast Channel 2.
This year, the high school sports program is broadcast live at 11 a.m. on Saturdays. Everett German is the host.
Football statistics will run on the PrepZone page that appears on Fridays. Statistics must be called in by Wednesday at 937-5592 or faxed to 937-5579.
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