Damascus Coach Eric Wallich has called senior Rashard Budd one of Montgomery County’s best kept secrets, but the nose guard would beg to differ. Based on the constant wave of blockers opponents have attempted to throw his way in recent weeks, Budd is pretty sure teams know his importance to the Hornet defense.
Despite that attention, Budd once again found a way to spark No. 12 Damascus in Friday’s 14-13 home victory over fourth-ranked Seneca Valley.
From his spot in the middle of the defensive line, the 6-foot-3, 275-pounder blocked the game-tying extra point attempt late in the third quarter. Then, with his team struggling to score, he spoiled Seneca Valley’s final two drives with a sack and an interception, helping the Hornets stay unbeaten and in position to earn the top seed in the Maryland 3A West playoffs.
“If I can fight off the blocks and the double teams, then I just have to find the ball,” said Budd, who ranks second on the team in tackles. “You just have to fight hard to the end of every play. You can never stop working.”