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Jaylin Moore moved from Connecticut to Howard County prior to last school year, enrolling at Marriotts Ridge High and starting at cornerback for the school’s football team.
Moore showed potential and played a bit of wide receiver, but “it took him about a year to get adjusted to his surroundings,” Mustangs Coach Marcus Lewis said. “Last year, he was just a player on the team. This year, he’s moved to being a focal point for us on offense and defense.”
Moore was more than just a focal point this past Friday. He made two key interceptions on defense, scored the game-tying touchdown late in regulation, rushed for another touchdown in overtime and caught the game-winning two-point conversion as Marriott Ridge rallied to beat River Hill for the first time in school history, 15-14.
Moore intercepted one pass in the end zone and the other interception ended a long drive by River Hill. He caught a five-yard touchdown pass with less than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, tying the game 7-7 and forcing overtime.
After River Hill scored, Marriotts Ridge answered on its first play when Moore ran 10 yards for a score. Following an offsides penalty on River Hill on the point-after attempt, Mustangs quarterback Casey Pung passed to Moore for the two-point conversion.
For his performance, Moore was named the Military Bowl DC Touchdown Club High School Football Player of the Week.
“A year ago, he wasn’t very mature, wasn’t working out like he should have been and wasn’t taking things as serious as we would like,” Lewis said. “It was a year trying to change his mental makeup. A button finally went off for him. He’s a totally different person this year than he was a year ago and it’s all because of the work he put in.”
Others receiving Player of the Week consideration were:
Northeast K Kayla Alexander booted a 42-yard field goal as the Eagles beat Glen Burnie, 37-26.
KIPP QB Joh’Quel McQueen passed for three touchdowns and rushed for another as the Panthers beat Richard Wright, 54-8.
Linganore RB Xander McClure rushed 12 times for 109 yards and two touchdowns and returned a kickoff 99 yards for another score as the Lancers ended Oakdale’s 17-game winning streak with a 30-17 victory.
Broad Run QB Mitch Griffis threw four touchdown passes as the Spartans beat Urbana, 56-7.
Walter Johnson QB Josh Forburger threw four touchdown passes as the Wildcats beat Bethesda-Chevy Chase, 42-7, to improve to 4-0 for the first time in 45 years.
Yorktown QB Grant Wilson completed 19 of 31 passes for 248 yards and four touchdowns, including the game-winner with 30 seconds left, as the Patriots beat Hayfield, 28-21.
Fairmont Heights RB Jamal Lone rushed 19 times for 221 yards and three touchdowns as the Hornets beat Largo, 35-22.
Freedom-Woodbridge QB Quest Powell completed 22 of 30 passes for 292 yards and four touchdowns as the Eagles beat Battlefield, 47-0.
Spalding RB Shamar Smith rushed 24 times for 196 yards and scored three touchdowns as the Cavaliers beat Malvern Prep, 43-12.
GAME OF THE WEEK
DC: Friendship Collegiate (3-2) vs. DeMatha (4-1) at Catholic University, Friday, 7
Maryland: Richard Montgomery (3-1) at Walter Johnson (4-0), Friday, 7
Virginia: Loudoun County (4-1) at Broad Run (4-0), Friday, 7
Private: St. Mary’s Ryken (3-2) at Good Counsel (4-1), Friday, 7