Wise back to winning ways, completes undefeated season with state championship

Ezekiel johnson

As his teammates jumped around the field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Jalil Farooq removed his helmet and took a deep breath while strolling toward Wise’s sideline. When the star defensive back arrived, he and Coach DaLawn Parrish shared a long hug.

Farooq was taking it all in, knowing No. 3 Wise was on its way to a 35-14 win over No. 9 Northwest in the Maryland 4A championship game Friday night. The Pumas had just scored the game-clinching touchdown, and Farooq had one thing on his mind.

“I was thinking about what ring size I need,” the junior said.