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These players make you hold your breath whenever they touch the football

BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN STAFF WRITER

FL fans in Washington watching Week 1 of the 2013 preseason probably hated to see Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson cut back to the inside of the field for an unchallenged 58-yard touchdown run, but they’ll probably want to nab him quickly for their fantasy football roster. Johnson is a gamebreaker, that guy who makes you hold your breath whenever might get the ball. Here’s a look at some Montgomery County football players capable of changing the complexion of a game in a single play:

Jalen Christian

recruit Zach Bradshaw, Christian will be the Swarmin’ Hornets’ No. 1 wide receiver this fall.

Damascus junior defensive back/wide receiver

As a freshman two years ago, Jalen Christian lined up for his first varsity football play and was faced with the mammoth task of covering former 6-foot-2 Clarksburg wide receiver Stefan Houston, the Coyotes’ one-man show and former University of Maryland, College Park recruit. It was not a big deal. “They threw a swing pass to [Houston] and Jalen came up and just laid him out,” Damascus coach Eric Wallich said. The 5-foot-10 wide receiver makes things happen on offense, defense and special teams — a 37-yard punt return is child’s play. If possible, he might actually change direction quicker than he runs straight and with the graduation of University of Virginia

Trevon Diggs

Thomas S. Wootton sophomore wide receiver

Six-foot-1 high school sophomores are supposed to be learning how to control their recently lengthened limbs. Instead, Trevon Diggs is so in command of his body that he, basically on repeat, sprints full speed into perfectly-timed leaps that result in things such as one-handed 85-yard touchdown receptions. “He has the uncanny ability to play the ball in the air,” Wootton coach Tyree Spinner said. “Most kids at this level do not have

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Doormat to powerhouse: Bullis completes transition

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In Cilento’s fourth season, No. 3 Bulldogs are better than ever BY

KENT ZAKOUR STAFF WRITER

In the Bullis School’s weight room — above the triceps machine — the words “Bullis Football: We Are Champions” are painted on the wall. Elsewhere, the phrase “Dominate your opponent” is inscribed. Those phrases are what senior offensive and defensive lineman Justin Herron aspires to live his football life by. Herron, who has verbally committed to Rutgers (N.J.) University, is part of a group of student-athletes at Bullis that is expected to be the first graduating class to

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Bullis sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins, Jr. throws a pass during practice on Aug. 15.

play all four years of its high school tenure under fourth-year coach Pat Cilento. “It’s gone by so fast,” said Herron, who plans to major in business and finance and

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Quince Orchard High School senior wide receiver Kevin Joppy (left, played for Seneca Valley last year). FILE PHOTO

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