The Churchill High football team found itself in quite a predicament in this past Friday’s regular season finale. In a meeting of 7-1 teams, the Bulldogs trailed Walter Johnson, 22-0, early in the second quarter.
Churchill, though, had one important thing on its side: senior running back and defensive back David Avit, who has been among the region’s most prolific offensive players all season. Avit got started with a 37-yard touchdown run nine minutes before halftime and when pkay resumed, he kicked things into gear.
Avit rushed 27 times for 248 yards and three touchdowns and caught three passes for 56 yards and another score as Churchill rallied for a 32-30 victory over Walter Johnson.
For his efforts, Avit was named the Military Bowl DC Touchdown Club High School Football Player of the Week.
“The way he is playing right now is incredible and he’s doing it against top-level competition. We’ve had a schedule that is pretty tough and he does it every week,” Churchill Coach Joe Rydzewski said. “He’s done it against everybody. It doesn’t really matter who [the opponent is] right now.”
Avit’s older brother Ezekiel, is a freshman wide receiver at Maryland and David hopes to be playing college football next fall. He has several scholarship offers as he tears through the competition. For the season, Avit has rushed for 1,674 yards and 16 touchdowns, rushing for more than 100 yards in each of the Bulldogs’ eight victories.
“You see how big he is and think he has to be this huge power back – and he runs with power – but his quick feet and balance are unbelievable,” Rydzewski said.
Churchill begins the Maryland 4A playoffs at home on Friday against Richard Montgomery.
This week’s DC Touchdown Club Player of the Week High School Football Player of the Week Honor Roll:
ANNE ARUNDELNorth County WR-DE Nate Bedell rushed nine times for 170 yards and one touchdown and on defense made six tackles with three tackles for loss, broke up two passes and blocked a field goal as the Knights beat South River, 33-13.
DCAnacostia DE Jalen Gant made 17 tackles with five tackles for loss and four sacks, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble for a touchdown as the Indians beat Phelps, 42-20.
FREDERICKBrunswick QB Ethan Houck completed 4 of 6 passes for 50 yards and rushed eight times for 215 yards and five touchdowns as the Railroaders beat Catoctin, 49-30.
HOWARDAtholton LB Khalil Johnson made 21 tackles as the Raiders beat River Hill, 33-20.
LOUDOUNRock Ridge WR-DB Darian Ferrell caught 10 passes for 323 yards and three touchdowns and on defense made six tackles, forced a fumble and returned an interception for a touchdown as the Phoenix lost to Heritage, 41-27.
MONTGOMERYGaithersburg RB Gideon Ituka rushed 31 times for 382 yards and five touchdowns as the Trojans beat Richard Montgomery, 48-37.
NORTHERN REGIONSouth Lakes QB Nick Harris completed 14 of 19 passes for a season-high 347 yards and five touchdowns as the Seahawks beat Centreville, 45-3. It was his fifth game with five touchdown passes this season.
PRINCE GEORGE’SBladensburg RB Marcus Ross rushed 15 times for 292 yards and three touchdowns and caught five passes for 131 yards and one touchdown as the Mustangs lost to Laurel, 28-25.
PRINCE WILLIAMGainesville QB Colton Kilmer completed 26 of 34 passes for 440 yards and five touchdowns and rushed nine times for 71 yards and another score as the Cardinals beat Freedom-South Riding, 51-18.
PRIVATEModel RB Jeremiah Whitehead rushed 17 times for 260 yards and four touchdowns, caught two passes for 71 yards, returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown and another score and on defense made 10 tackles as the Eagles beat Mercersburg, 52-36.
SOUTHERN MARYLANDLeonardtown RB Zach Meade rushed 19 times for 189 yards and one touchdown as the Raiders beat Chopticon, 28-14.
WCACGood Counsel DB Judah Jenkins returned an interception 46 yards for a touchdown, made six tackles and broke up three passes as the Falcons beat Gonzaga, 28-6.
This week’s DC Touchdown Club Washington Metro College Football Player of the Week High School Honor Roll:
- Virginia State QB Jordan Davis (Hylton) completed 13 of 20 passes for 275 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for another score as the Trojans beat Lincoln, 75-25.
- Bucknell WR Josh Gary (St. John’s) caught nine passes for 139 yards and one touchdown as the Bison beat Colgate, 49-34.
- James Madison DL Jalen Green (Good Counsel) made nine tackles with three tackles for loss and 2 ½ sacks as the Dukes beat Old Dominion, 30-27.
- Shenandoah QB Steven Hugney (Robinson) 26 of 39 passes for 394 yards and two touchdowns as the Hornets beat Averett, 49-35.
- Georgetown WR Jimmy Kibble (Loudoun County) caught six passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns as the Hoyas lost to Lafayette, 35-25.
- Villanova WR Rayjuon Pringle (Hayfield) caught five passes for 196 yards and one touchdown as the Wildcats beat Stony Brook, 48-13.
- Southern Cal QB Caleb Williams (Gonzaga) completed 23 of 40 passes for 369 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for two more scores as the Trojans beat Cal, 50-49.
- Bowie State DB Devin Williams (Westlake) made four tackles, intercepted a pass and broke up four more passes as the Bulldogs beat Elizabeth City State, 19-7.
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