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Will Montgomery: A HS Retrospective

(2000 photo by Stephanie Kuykendal for The Post)

If you haven't already read Paul Tenorio's masterful piece this morning about Will Montgomery denying DeAngelo Hall a high school state championship, and Hall not realizing Montgomery was to blame, you simply must. It's just crazy how things work out. Like, Montgomery was the lead quote in The Post's story about Centreville's first football title:

"I knew the guard was going to pull by the way he lined up," said Montgomery, a 6-foot-3, 244-pound tackle who was mobbed by Centreville students and parents on the field following the game. "We haven't let up all year, so why would we let up here?...This is crazy. I can't believe we are state champions."

And who wrote the story? None other than Caps beat writer Tarik El-Bashir. Anyhow, since we have photo archives and Will Montgomery could very well be one of the key pieces for the Redskins this Sunday, I figured we might as well take a look at the high school star that was.

(2001 photo by Robert Benson for AP)

This is from the state baseball semifinals the following spring, when Centreville lost, 1-0. The coach of that Wildcats team? None other than former Redskins tight end Don Warren. Tarik also quoted Montgomery after that loss.

"We had so many good chances," senior designated hitter Will Montgomery said. "We just didn't get it. That's why this is so disappointing. I don't think anyone ever thought it would end like this. We felt like we could have beat them....[But] it was a nice ride while it lasted."

(2001 photo by Larry Morris - TWP)

And yeah, Montgomery also starred on the hardwood for Centerville. The Wildcats' coach told Tarik that having four players from the football championship team was a huge boost.

"They are hungry for another championship and that motivates the other players," Mark Mackmin said.

And by the end of his senior year, Montgomery was sort of the school's go-to athletic spokesman.

"In all three sports -- football, basketball and baseball -- Centreville is having its best season ever," Tarik quoted him saying, while describing him as a three-sport senior standout. "What can I say? It's senior year and we want to go out in a blaze of glory."

(Speaking of the Skins' offensive line, here they are, in video form, eating dinner together.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 25, 2009; 11:01 AM ET
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