While the Redskins’ season has turned into a disaster and Maryland is close to an all-time low point on the gridiron, the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Barons are giving local football fans something to cheer for on the high school level this season.
In one of the biggest upsets of the Montgomery County high school season, B-CC's varsity football team stunned 10th-ranked Clarksburg High School, 30-12, last Friday night to put the Battlin’ Barons in a position to capture their first playoff spot in 16 years—if they can win this Friday evening at Walter Johnson High School.
In the Clarksburg victory, quarterback Cory Applequist rushed for 170 yards and scored a key touchdown on a play out of the triple option late in the first half, dragging two potential tacklers four yards and into the end zone, according to the account in The Washington Post.
Applequist is a transfer from St. John’s College High School in Upper Northwest Washington, DC, and was not even listed as a quarterback on the team’s pre-season roster, which had the 5-foot, 10-inch, 190-pounder listed as a running back and linebacker.
The win marked the third straight win for B-CC, bringing its record to 5-4, and it puts them in great shape to clinch a coveted playoff spot later this week. In the previous two weeks, the Barons blanked Rockville High School 35-0 and walloped Wootton High School, 28-7.
Powerhouse Quince Orchard High School (9-0) and Winston Churchill High School (8-1) already have locked up 4A West regional playoff spots.
But, it’s a mad scramble for the final two spots, with B-CC, Clarksburg, Whitman and Richard Montgomery High School all with 5-4 records.
And three other schools—Gaithersburg High School, Northwest High School and Wootton—are all 4-5 and still alive for the playoffs as well.