West Potomac football coach Chadwick Louisville calls junior wide receiver Grant Maloney “Mister Excitement.”
Maloney, also a standout lacrosse player, has earned the nickname for his ability to make spectacular plays on the football field and this past Friday might have been the biggest example of all. Maloney caught four passes for 158 yards, including touchdowns of 74 and 57 yards, returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown and a kickoff 72 yards for another score as the Wolverines beat Alexandria City, 35-15.
For his efforts, Maloney was named the Military Bowl DC Touchdown Club High School Football Player of the Week.
“He makes a lot of explosive plays,” Louisville said. “People don’t realize the speed he has. He is a 4.4-4.5 [40-yard] guy, but people won’t believe that. But watch his film and all the explosive plays – no one is going to catch him when he gets a step on them.”
Louisville said that Maloney began making big plays as a freshman on the Alexandria school’s freshman football team. The team’s coach was talking with Louisville about Maloney and how good the player was once he had the ball.
“So I said, ‘Why don’t you just snap it to him?’ ” Louisville recalled. “So they just ran it out of the single wing.”
On the lacrosse field, Maloney plays offensive midfield and attack and was named second-team all-Patriot District last season after scoring 29 goals with 13 assists as a sophomore.
“He puts his speed to good use on the lacrosse field,” Louisville said. “He’s heavy into lacrosse. He just plays football because he’s good at it.”
This week’s DC Touchdown Club Player of the Week High School Football Player of the Week Honor Roll:
ANNE ARUNDELOld Mill WR-DB Jordan Penn caught seven passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns as the Patriots beat Glen Burnie, 27-26.
DCDunbar RB Michael Clark rushed 23 times for 274 yards and five touchdowns as the Crimson Tide beat Ballou, 62-34.
FREDERICKOakdale RB Cole Swinimer, a 5-foot-7, 150-pound senior, rushed 194 yards and four touchdowns as the Bears beat Urbana, 42-22.
HOWARDReservoir DE Moses Bailey made eight tackles with five tackles for loss and three sacks and also forced a fumble as the Gators beat Long Reach, 28-27.
LOUDOUNJohn Champe QB Dominic Plush completed all 10 of his passes for 297 yards and four touchdowns as the Knights beat Park View, 64-7.
MONTGOMERYChurchill RB David Avit rushed 27 times for 237 yards and four touchdowns, caught a 25-yard touchdown pass, returned one kickoff for a touchdown and on defense made three tackles as the Bulldogs beat Richard Montgomery, 64-50.
PRINCE GEORGE’SDuVal RB Ofiubuke Aneke rushed five times for 176 yards and three touchdowns as the Tigers beat High Point, 42-0.
PRINCE WILLIAMFreedom-Woodbridge QB Tristan Evans-Trujillo completed 17 of 19 passes for 378 yards and four touchdowns as the Eagles beat Potomac (Va.), 65-0.
PRIVATEGeorgetown Prep RB Colin Reynolds rushed 32 times for 228 yards and two touchdowns as the Little Hoyas beat Landon, 24-21.
SOUTHERN MARYLANDHuntingtown WR-DB Brody Wittington caught four passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns, rushed four times for 46 yards and three touchdowns and on defense made four tackles and broke up a pass as the Hurricanes beat St. Charles, 41-7.
WCACDeMatha DT Emmett Laws, a Virginia Tech recruit, made six tackles with 2 ½ sacks, and made game-saving tackles on the final two plays of regulation as the Stags made a goal-line stand and beat St. John’s, 14-7 in overtime.
This week’s DC Touchdown Club Washington Metro College Football Player of the Week High School Honor Roll:
- Ball State RB Marquez Cooper (Quince Orchard) rushed 26 times for 162 yards and one touchdown as the Cardinals beat Central Michigan, 24-17.
- Lafayette RB Jamar Curtis (St. John’s) rushed 30 times for 229 yards and two touchdowns as the Leopards beat Holy Cross, 38-35, to end the Crusaders’ 18-game Patriot League winning streak.
- Georgetown WR Nicholas Dunneman caught 15 passes for 205 yards and one touchdown in the Hoyas’ 28-18 loss to Colgate.
- Christopher Newport WR Colin Hart (Stone Bridge) caught seven passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns as the Captains beat Kean, 34-10.
- Gallaudet RB Dre’Vaughn Mackall (Calvert) rushed 26 times for 184 yards and three touchdowns as the Bison beat Alfred State, 38-24.
- Albany QB Reese Poffenbarger (Middletown) completed 15 of 27 passes for 324 yards and four touchdowns as the Great Danes beat Rhode Island, 35-10.
- Stevenson DB Justin Rutkowski (Briar Woods) intercepted two passes, returning one for a 65-yard touchdown, as the Mustangs beat Misericordia, 33-21.
- Bowie State DB Mychale Salahuddin (H.D. Woodson) made seven tackles with two tackles for loss, broke up a pass and had two quarterback hurries as the Bulldogs beat Bluefield State, 41-10.
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