Blake’s Football team opened their season Friday with a 35-19 home win over Poolesville. Senior quarterback Isaiah Smith led the way with over 400 total yards of offense for the Bengals, after switching positions in the offseason, and was named the DC Touchdown Club player of the week. Friday’s game had a neon theme, and the students went all out with baby powder and even large cutouts of Mr. Sinclair’s head.
The Bengals look to build on last year’s success, where they snuck into the playoffs with a miracle finish against Watkins Mill, ultimately coming up short against Linganore. Their next game is Friday at 6:30 @ Sherwood, who opened the season with a 35-0 win over Wheaton on the road.
The Cheerleaders and Pom Squad also kicked off their season at last Friday’s football game. With former state-semi qualifiers in Cheer, and Poms placing 4th in their final meet last season, the girls continue to perform on Friday nights as they prepare for competition season.
Field Hockey is another sport coming off a successful 2018 season. They opened their campaign last Friday with a thrilling 1-0 win against Clarksburg in double-overtime, and were dominant in their 8-0 win against Kennedy Monday night. The girls reached the state semifinals last fall, and have their eyes set on states this year.
Blake’s girl’s Volleyball team welcomed Yamiah Compton in May 2019 as coach. Her most recent coaching experiences were at Sumter High School in South Carolina, the Club Volleyball team at Purdue University, and the Maryland Juniors Volleyball Club. There’s a new JV Girls Volleyball coach as well; Kimberly Moore’s most recent experience was playing at Maryland Juniors Volleyball Club for three years. She now coaches regional and elite teams.
Boys Varsity soccer opened their season Monday night with a 2-1 win over Paint Branch. Bradley Paz and Carlos Valencia each scored for the Bengals. The boys look to improve upon their disappointing 2018 season. Mr. Aaron Eichelberger, Biology teacher at Blake, is now the new JV soccer coach. Their next game is on Wednesday, September 11, where they will take on Sherwood @ Blake at 5:30 pm.
Girls Varsity Soccer started their season strong with a win over rival Paint Branch. With goals from Cindy Reyes and High Point commit Sydney Konzman, and a stout defensive effort from Stella Polyzos and Morgan Thompson, the Bengals pitched a 2-0 shutout. The girls are looking to build on their previous 4-9 season in which they lost in the playoffs to Manchester Valley.
Girls JV Soccer started their season off 1-0, beating Paint Branch 4-0. Garshell Shaw scored two goals to lead the Bengals. Ryan McNevin scored a goal and Evie Troy scored on a penalty kick. The girls look to improve upon last years 3-4 campaign.
Golf also appears to have a promising season with former All-Division members in juniors Matthew Salter and Jack Deosaran. They take on Gaithersburg, Damascus, and Northwest in their next meet on September 11.
Cross Country started their season September 7 at the Seahawk Invitational in Edgewater Maryland, with junior Mason Minus beginning his XC career with a three-mile time of 17:15.