Every week, across several sports, players around the DMV shine in individual performance. Every Monday, I’d like to take a minute to highlight some of those performances, including what I view as the best performance and name that athlete the “DMV Star of the Week.”
This week’s DMV Star of the Week is Howard University football wide receiver Antoine Murray.
This past weekend, in a dominant 31-0 victory over Division II opponent Morehouse College, Murray caught 8 passes from quarterback Quinton Williams, totalling 116 yards and 2 touchdowns, both of which were 29-yard scores. This is the second time this season that Murray had over 100 yards receiving in a game (had 125 yards @ Hampton).
This was Howard’s first win of the season, following three defeats to open up the year against South Alabama, Hampton, and South Florida.
Howard’s resounding victory took place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, home of the New York Giants and New York Jets. The game was the inaugural HBCU New York Classic, taking place between two of the best historically black academic institutions in the country.
Photo: David Sierra
An attendance of over 35,000 was on hand to watch the historic event, which was scoreless at the half before Howard found its offensive footing and Murray was able to find the endzone a couple of times.
Howard returns to action on October 1 to take on Yale before playing its first game in D.C. on October 15 against Harvard at Audi Field in the second annual “Truth and Service Classic.”
The DMV saw six teams in action this past week, including The Washington Commanders, Washington Nationals, D.C. United, Washington Spirit, and Maryland and Howard Football teams.
Here are some honorable mention performances for DMV Star of the Week:
Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz tossed 3 touchdown passes in a 36-27 losing effort to the Detroit Lions Sunday. Wentz has 7 touchdown passes in his first two games as the new starting quarterback.
D.C. United’s Christian Benteke netted his first goal for the club in a 3-2 loss Sunday against Inter Miami. Benteke recently made a move to D.C. following an 11-year stint in the English Premier League, spending the last 7 years with Crystal Palace.
Washington Nationals first baseman/designated hitter, Luke Voit, recorded a hit in all five games for the Nats this past week, batting .421 for the week with 3 RBI’s.
Ashley Sanchez and Tara McKeown each netted their third goal of the season for the Washington Spirit in a 2-0 victory over Gotham FC on Saturday at Audi Field. The Spirit have now won back-to-back matches for the first time this season and return to action Wednesday night in Los Angeles against Angel City FC.
Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa is currently 3rd in the nation in completion percentage (77%) and has Maryland undefeated at 3-0 following a 34-27 win over SMU. In the win, Tagovailoa threw for 214 yards and 2 touchdowns, adding 51 yards rushing. Up next for the Terps: A trip to the Big House to take on #4 Michigan.