No. 8 Howard is blanked, 48-0, by streak­ing Wise

Pu­mas QB Laws ac­counts for six TDs, four pass­ing

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY FOOTBALL - By Tim Schwartz

Black Fri­day was a dark day for the Howard foot­ball team.

Tak­ing on host Henry A. Wise in a Class 4A state semi­fi­nal, the No. 8 Lions never stood a chance. Pu­mas quar­ter­back Jabari Laws ac­counted for six to­tal touch­downs — in­clud­ing four pass­ing — to lead his team to a 48-0 vic­tory and a trip to its sec­ond straight state cham­pi­onship game.

The vic­tory is Wise’s 27th straight and its sev­enth shutout of the year.

“I guess it was sort of the same thing as last year — a lot of mis­matches in­di­vid­u­ally, up front and sec­ondary-wise,” said Pu­mas coach DeLawn Par­rish, whose team beat Howard, 55-6, in last year’s state cham­pi­onship game. “Weknew they couldn’t block us up front; they couldn’t cover us. It was al­most like the scheme that helped [Howard] get here hurt them against us. They spread it out and were play­ing ath­lete versus ath­lete, and we had a lot of mis­matches.”

Howard coach Bruce Strunk said last year’s de­feat in the ti­tle game hurt the Lions in that his team lost con­fi­dence when the Pu­mas scored early on quick drives.

“I think last year’s game haunted us a lit­tle bit and our heads went down a lit­tle early,” he said. “They have speed ev­ery­where and any mis­take you make they can score. I’m re­ally proud of our kids; we’re a pretty young team.”

Wise (13-0) en­tered the game av­er­ag­ing more than 45 points per game while al­low­ing less than six, and it showed why against a Howard team (11-2) that came in giv­ing up less than eight points per game. It’s the first time the Lions have been shut out since Nov. 11, 2011, in a 29-0 re­gional semi­fi­nal loss to River Hill.

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