SMAC All-Stars no match for PG

Get two late touch­downs to avoid shutout in Chick-fil-A Chal­lenge

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com Twit­ter: tblack­somds1

UP­PER MARL­BORO — In five of the previ- ous eight meet­ings on the grid­iron be­tween the South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence and Prince Ge­orge’s County all-stars, the Chick-fil-A Chal­lenge, there was plenty of sec­ond-half dra- ma when that hand­ful of games was de­cided by a sin­gle score.

But Satur­day af­ter- noon amid blus­tery, chilly con­di­tions at Wise High School, the Prince Ge­orge’s squad gained com­mand early and forged a 34-0 half­time lead en route to a 48-12 vic­tory over the SMAC team.

SMAC, which won last year’s meet­ing 23-22 to end a five-game skid af­ter win­ning the first two, got one de­fen­sive touch­down from Keisean Wil­son (North Point) and one on of­fense from De’john Broad­wa­ter (Thomas Stone).

“At half­time, I just told the guys come out and play hard in the sec­ond half and not worry about the score­board,” said SMAC coach Tom Pe­tre, the head foot­ball coach at North Point. “I thought we put forth a much bet- ter ef­fort in the sec­ond half. We got the de­fen­sive touch­down from Keisean and then Broad­wa­ter had that long run. It was a tough cold.”

Prince Ge­orge’s, which was ac­tu­ally play­ing with­out any of the play­ers from Wise, which won its sec­ond con­sec­u­tive 4A state ti­tle one night ear­lier with a 42-7 vic­tory over Mont­gomery County’s Quince Or­chard, scored one touch­down in the first quar­ter on a 4-yard run by Karl Mo­for [Eleanor Roo­sevelt]. But the SMAC squad ended other drives cour­tesy of an in­ter­cep­tion by Malachi McMil­lan (North Point) and a sack from Dion­dre Gre­gory (West­lake), his first of four on the day.

“It was re­ally an honor to be se­lected for this game,” Gre­gory said. “I had the chance to play along­side the best play­ers in SMAC, many of whom I had been play­ing against the last four years. We didn’t get it done tonight, but we played against a lot of re­ally good play- ers from PG County. It was fun to be part of this game.”

Trail­ing only 8-0 af­ter the open­ing pe­riod, the SMAC squad got over- whelmed in the sec­ond quar­ter. PG ex­tended the lead to 16-0 on a 42-yard pass from Javonte How- ard (Po­tomac) to Markell May­hew (Gwynn Park), made it 22-0 on a 22-yard toss from Howard to Mark Woods (Dou­glass), day and it was pushed the lead to 28-0 on a 1-yard run by Woods and then to 34-0 on a 17yard strike from Howard to Javon Hayes (Oxon Hill).

The South­ern Mary- land squad opened the sec­ond half with its best drive of the day, march­ing 50 yards in 10 plays be­fore turn­ing the ball over on downs in the PG red zone. But on the PG squad’s first play from scrim­mage of the third quar­ter, Howard fumbled and Wil­son scooped up the loose ball and raced 18 yards for a touch­down to get the SMAC team on the board at 34-6.

Two pos­ses­sions lat- er, Broad­wa­ter gave the SMAC squad an im­medi- ate spark when he raced 53 yards up the mid­dle for an­other touch­down to trim the PG lead to 34-12 with 3:42 left in the third. Broad­wa­ter also had two other pro­duc­tive runs be­fore com­mit­ting a fum- ble in the fourth quar­ter. Nev­er­the­less, the Stone se­nior was con­tent with the out­ing.

“When I saw that hole open up and I got through, I knew that I was go­ing to score,” Broad­wa­ter said of his long scam­per. “That was a huge hole. Give those guys up front credit for that one. It was a tough game, but it was great to be part of it. We have a lot of tal­ent in SMAC. We didn’t win to­day, but I think we showed what we can do.”

Not long af­ter Broad­wa­ter’s fum­ble on the SMAC open­ing drive of the fourth quar­ter, PG needed only five plays to go 50 yards and ex­tended the lead to 40-12 on a 1-yard run by Mo­for. Then with just less than five min­utes re­main­ing, Howard con­nected with Isa­iah Coul­ter (Gwynn Park) on an 11-yard toss for the game’s fi­nal score, one that in­voked the run­ning clock.

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