Roo­sevelt gets dirty against Bowie

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - FROM STAFF RE­PORTS — Joshua Needel­man

On a sloppy sur­face af­ter Fri­day’s rain, Raiders un­leash their pun­ish­ing run­ning game.

Eleanor Roo­sevelt quar­ter­back Teyon Davis looked at his own rel­a­tively clean jersey, looked down at the mud­died and ban­daged tail­back on the ground be­side him and let out a laugh Satur­day af­ter­noon. Ju­nior Karl Mo­for, blood still ooz­ing from the bridge of his nose, should look like this “be­cause I handed him the ball a lot,” Davis said.

Mo­for smiled at the re­minder mo­ments af­ter the Raiders’ 3324 win at Bowie, more than happy to do all the dirty work.

“These are thegamesI like the most,” he said af­ter a two-way per­for­mance in which he rushed for 121 yards and scored three touch­downs, “be­cause we just line up, hit them in the mouth, push them off the ball, get tough yards and just keep knock­ing them back.”

Bowie’s home field be­came a disad­van­tage for the Bull­dogs’ pass-heavy at­tack, which was done in partly by a Fri­day night storm that played right into the hands of Eleanor Roo­sevelt’s grind­ing triple op­tion.

The Raiders jumped out to a 21-0 lead, and Mo­for, play­ing line­backer mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter, capped off the fast start by snatch­ing the ball from Bowie tail­back Isa­iah Flem­ing and run­ning 16 yards into the end zone.

Mo­for also fin­ished with 32 car­ries, tot­ing the ball eight times on a 10-play touch­down drive mid­way through the fourth quar­ter to give Eleanor Roo­sevelt (5-1, 5-0 Prince Ge­orge’s 4A) a com­fort­able 33-12 cush­ion. The Raiders over­came three turnovers by caus­ing three give­aways on de­fense and block­ing a punt.

“What re­ally worked for us is we could move the ball run­ning and they re­ally couldn’t stop it,” said Davis, who added one touch­down run and pitched the ball to Bob Okaroa­juzie on a 57-yard touch­down run that started the scor­ing.

Bowie (5-1, 4-1) ar­rived at its sta­dium to see its al­ready tram­pled turf turned into a mix­ture of mud, dirt and yel­lowed grass byFri­day’s rain. The sur­face only de­te­ri­o­rated as the af­ter­noon pro­gressed, although the Bull­dogs made things in­ter­est­ing late with a blocked punt and three fourth-quar­ter touch­down­runs by quar­ter­back Jason Epps. But they failed to con­vert a late two-point con­ver­sion that would have cut the deficit to sin­gle dig­its.

— Mark Gian­notto Pa­tri­ots fin­ish the job

Woot­ton se­nior Bren­tLon­don stood on the turf af­ter the Pa­tri­ots’ 28-18 win over Rockville, pre­tend­ing to aim a gun at his foot. Coach Ed­die Tol­liver of­ten tells his team to “put away the AK,” Lon­don said, and to stop “shoot­ing our­selves in the foot.”

Tol­liver started to sense the Pa­tri­ots fall­ing down a fa­mil­iar path Satur­day. The turnovers were mount­ing, and Rockville con­tin­ued to creep closer. So dur­ing a time­out mid­way through the fourth quar­ter, the coach tried some­thing new.

“I told ev­ery­body to stop and breathe with me,” Tol­liver said. “I told them to breathe in, breathe out, breathe in, breathe out.”

Woot­ton (2-4) kept its cool and was able to fend off a late Rams rally to snap a four-game los­ing streak. Lon­don led the way with 195 rush­ing yards and two touch­downs.

The con­test was ini­tially slated for Fri­day night, but re­peated light­ing strikes put a hold on the Pa­tri­ots’ home­com­ing game.

In­stead, the game kicked off at 10 a.m. on Satur­day — an un­usual time for a high school football game.

“I re­ally wasn’t about to show up,” said se­nior Kings­ley Ofori, who had 39 re­ceiv­ing yards and a touch­down. “This morn­ing I de­bated in my bed whether Iwas go­ing to get up or not.”

The Pa­tri­ots didn’t let the early start tem­per their en­thu­si­asm, though. Af­ter Woot­ton forced the Rams (2-4) to punt on their first pos­ses­sion, Lon­don reeled off a 55-yard run be­fore rum­bling into the end zone from 14 yards out. The 6-foot-3 Ofori added another score near the end of the half when he skied over two de­fend­ers to haul in a 25-yard touch­down pass.

The good vibes soon dis­si­pated. The Pa­tri­ots be­gan the half by throw­ing in­ter­cep­tions on con­sec­u­tive drives be­fore a pick­six early in the fourth quar­ter trimmed Woott on’s lead to 14-12.

For Tol­liver and the Pa­tri­ots, it was an eerily fa­mil­iar sce­nario. The team had lost its pre­vi­ous two games by a com­bined nine points, in­clud­ing a 21-20 loss at Richard Mont­gomery on Sept. 25.

So Tol­liver in­serted ju­nior Phillip Gar­rett un­der cen­ter. The com­plex­ion of the bout quickly shifted as Lon­don took the first play of the drive 71 yards to push the lead to 21-12.

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