Wootton Patriots vs Linganore Lancers
By: Abigail Russ
The Wootton Patriots were looking for their second straight win on Friday night in the cold versus the Linganore Lancers, who were looking for redemption after being shut out by the Oakdale Bears. Linganore controlled the entire game leading 14-0 at halftime, and 35-14 in the end. Linganoreâs running backs rushed for almost 350 yards. Zammare Snowden and Isaiah Dowrey, found gaping holes in the Patriotsâ defense and capitalized on them, scoring 4 rushing touchdowns. Throughout the game, the Patriots had trouble putting together long drives and converting on third and fourth down. Dropped passes plagued Woottonâs wide receivers and the Patriots scored their only points in the second half. Their first score was on a Mike Amobi 70-yard kickoff return and their second touchdown came on a 9-yard pass from quarterback Grant Saylor to Kevin Choi with a minute left in the game finishing up a drive that was extended by a Lancersâ pass interference penalty on fourth and six.
Despite the score, Wootton had numerous highlights throughout the game and individual players had good moments. Wootton limited their penalties to only a few false starts. Dean Spitz ran right through the Lancersâ defense on a fake punt keeping Saylor and the Patriots offense on the field. The defense forced Linganore to settle for a missed field goal attempt right before halftime when the Lancers couldnât find the endzone. In the second half after Wootton turned the ball over on downs, Alec Yassin recovered a Linganore fumble getting the Patriots offense right back on the field. Woottonâs offense was more effective after they switched to the no huddle offense.
Special teams had many essential plays throughout the game. Alec Yassin was two for two on extra points. Kicker Sanjay Krishnan delivered a punt inside the 10 yard line giving the Lancers bad field position. Mike Amobiâs 70 yard kick return for a touchdown in the second half scored Woottonâs first points of the game, re-energizing the team and their fans.
On the offensive side of the ball, Quarterback Grant Saylor had a good game. Despite his receivers dropping passes and missing certain routes, Saylorâs passes were on target, he didn’t throw an interception, and he scrambled well under pressure preventing sacks. Saylor connected with Kevin Choi on a 9-yard pass in the back of the end zone to score the Patriotâs second touchdown with a minute left in the game. Choi was hurt on the play and the team hopes he gets better soon! The offensive line didn’t give up a sack and kept Saylor upright. Mike Pisarra ran well and pushed through defenders dragging them after him. He dropped a couple of passes but overall played a good game. Pisarra had a key block for wide receiver Elijah Trent during Woottonâs second possession of the game to elongate the drive. Max Museles and Phillip Garrett each had a handful of catches. Muselesâ highlight catch was a low pass in double coverage at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
Defensively, Niko Jones and Jacob Rosenblatt consistently brought pressure on Linganoreâs quarterback Ryan Leyh, each sacking him once and causing him to scramble countless times. Tony Hesseloff and Chris Lima each had critical stops in both the run and pass games. Hesseloff nearly picked off Leyh multiple times.
Mike Amobi and Dean Spitz had a great game on both sides of the ball. Amobiâs presence was felt on both offense and defense. He had multiple good tackles stopping the run up the middle, and on offense he broke countless tackles carrying the ball. Spitz ran the ball well and did a great job stopping the pass.
Overall the Wootton Patriots passed for 79 yards and rushed for only 49. While they practically tied with Linganore for passing yards and had no turnovers, they had 1/7 of the rushing yards. The Patriots drop to 3-4 overall with the 35-14, loss while the Lancers move up to 4-3 on the season. Next week, come out to support the Wootton Patriots in their homecoming game against the Gaithersburg Trojans (3-4) at 6:30.