Maret continued their undefeated season Saturday afternoon, beating The Potomac School by a score of 43-21. Quarterback Roman Jensen led the way with an amazing multi-touchdown performance. While the Panthers offense began to turn it on in the fourth quarter, the deficit was too large to overcome.
Despite the final score, the game could not have started better for Potomac. Fans had barely taken their seats when the Panthers scored their first points. On the opening kickoff, sophomore receiver Akim Iscandari caught the ball, got several blocks, and tightroped his way down the sideline all the way to the end zone. It was a dazzling display of great footwork, shiftiness, and speed by Iscandari.
It didn’t take long for Maret to respond. The ensuing drive was highlighted by a beautiful throw and catch from Jensen and WR Isiah Williams. From right around their own 40-yard line, Jensen threw the ball on a dime to the streaking Williams. He caught it in stride and took all the way down to within the 5-yard line for a massive gain. The next play, Maret cashed in with a short rushing score. A successful 2-point conversion followed. Less than three minutes into the game, Maret had an 8-7 lead. The Frogs’ second drive at the end of the first quarter was equally as productive, culminating in another powerful rushing touchdown by Jansen. Maret held a 15-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The offense picked up right where they left off in the second quarter after another stop from the Maret defense. Jansen connected with Joey Johnson on a long throw to get the Frogs into the red zone. Shortly after, Jansen fooled the entire Potomac defense, as well as the crowd. He faked a handoff and ran it himself into the end zone, almost untouched in the process. Three drives, three scores for Maret. It wasn’t until midway through the second quarter that the Panthers made a defensive stop. It occurred on an interception in which Jansen threw up a long shot hail mary.
Then it was back to scoring. With excellent starting field position, the Frogs made easy work of the helpless Panthers defense once again. And Jansen once again pounded the ball into the end zone for another rushing touchdown. He would add another 1-yard touchdown with just 16 seconds remaining in the first half. From within the 5-yard line, he was absolutely unstoppable. His size and power were too much for the Panthers defense to handle. At the end of the first half, it was 36-7 Frogs.
The Frogs opened the second half with more of the same. Jansen had several chunk passes that got Maret down the field. And once again, he used his legs to get them into the end zone, this time for a 15-yard rushing TD. This run was different though; he juked several defenders and had to outrun the defense in a footrace to the goal line.
Potomac QB Camren Boykin gave their fans something to cheer about in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, slipping through a gap in the Maret defense and bolting into the end zone for a 25-yard score. After an unsuccessful Maret possession, Potomac once again started to drive the ball down the field. Boykin had an outstanding pass on the run that dropped right in the bread bucket of the receiver for a long gain. From the 17-yard line, Boykin threw a fade to Akim Iscandari in the corner of the end zone for a beautiful touchdown. Little by little, Potomac was chipping away at the Frogs big lead. But it was too little, too late. The Panthers offense was excellent in the fourth quarter. Had they gotten it going earlier, they probably would’ve kept it close.
In the end, the Maret offense was simply too much for Potomac to handle. Maret improved to 8-0 on the year, while the Panthers fell to 1-6. Will anyone be able to stop the Frogs? Flint Hill will get their shot on Friday night. Potomac will face St. James on Saturday.