Roosevelt gets dirty against Bowie
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.