West Potomac 27, Falcons 12 in Season Opener
August 25, 2017
With only two starters returning in 2017, the Briar Woods Falcons knew the 2017 opening game against a veteran laden 2016
playoff team in the West Potomac Wolverines would be a challenge. 15 minutes into the contest, it appeared that the 5A Falcons
might not be able to stay with their 6A rival, in what turned out to be a 27-12 loss.
On their first three possessions the Wolverines finished three time-consuming touchdown drives of 76, 58 and 81 yards. QB
Tanner Jones found WR Diego Morales for touchdowns of 15 and 9 yards. Then RB Daiimon Cleveland, who gained 98
rushing yards on 20 carries, threw a 29 yard touchdown pass to WR Donovan Eason making the score 21-0.
The Falcons offense drove into Wolverine territory on the ensuing possession but had to give the ball up on downs. On West
Potomac’s second play of the next series, Falcon LB Danny McMinn intercepted a flat pass on the four yard line and took it
into the end zone. A failed two-point conversion put the score at 21-6.
The Wolverines answered back immediately. Jones lofted a long, high pass in the direction of Eason who facing him on the
Falcon seven yard line. But CB Spencer Jenkins had front position as they both went high into the air for the ball. Jenkins caught
it, but in the process of hitting the ground, Eason came away with the ball, showing it to the referees. The play was ruled a
completed pass. Cleveland covered the seven remaining yards on the next rush with 31 seconds remaining in the second
quarter and West Potomac took a 27-6 lead into the halftime locker room.
A different Falcon squad emerged from the locker for the start of the third quarter. Receiving the kickoff, they embarked on a
16-play drive, consuming seven-and-a-half minutes, culminating in a two-yard touchdown run by RB Ryan Walther. Walther,
RB Joseph Groves, RB Camden Gillie and QB Ryan Rutkowski all contributed positive yards in the drive. Walther finished
the game with 85 rushing yards on 15 carries. The two-point conversion failed. There would be no more scoring in the game by
The final stats delineate a tale of two halves. The Wolverines were dominant in the first half, out-gaining the Falcons in total
offense by a margin of 324 yards to 72. But the Falcon defense turned things around in the second half, limiting the Wolverines to
just 61 yards and zero points. The Falcon offense improved in the second half, though not enough to win the game, gaining
113 yards and one touchdown.
Two sophomore linebackers led the Falcon defense with eight tackles each: Logan Kotter and Joseph Groves. Senior DL Matt
Luebke participated in seven tackles.
“I am very, very proud of you,” Mike Groves said to the team in the post-game huddle. “We will win some football games. I
promise you,” he added.
The Falcons get that chance next Thursday evening when they take on Route 95-South and the North Stafford Wolverines in