Branch's 4 touchdowns help lift Patterson, 35-21

September 22, 1990|By Calvin Watkins

Forest Park's Obie Barnes Jr. and Randallstown's Larry Washington get most of the media attention, but Patterson senior Mike Branch also is deserving.

"I guess those guys get the most play because they play in a higher conference," Branch said yesterday after running for 230 yards and four touchdowns on 25 carries to lead No. 10 Patterson (2-0) over visiting Edmondson (0-2), 35-21.

"I thought he was outstanding today," said Patterson coach Roger Wrenn. "The kid bench-presses 315 pounds. It's hard to keep him off the field. He works hard. I know when I need a yard or 2, I give him the rock."

The four touchdowns give him nine on the season in three games.

Patterson used a little trickery in overcoming a 13-7 deficit in the second quarter. Clippers quarterback Buddy Edmonds threw a lateral to tight end Levance Ray, who then threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Kenneth Clark. With the extra point, Patterson led, 14-13, and never trailed again.

"They planned it. You got to really be ready to play," Redskins coach James James said. "They executed real well."

Branch scored three more times on runs of 1, 5 and 30 yards that gave Patterson a 35-13 advantage with eight minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Edmondson scored as fullback John Hinkston went over from a yard out with 5 minutes, 14 seconds to play. Down by 14, Edmondson then lined up for the a possible onside kick, but it never materialized.

"The officials didn't blow the whistle," James said. "My kids were trying to tell the official that we were planning an onside kick. But the referee just told them to kick it straight downfield."

After Patterson failed to gain a first down, Edmondson dropped four passes including two potential touchdown passes.

"It's frustrating," Redskins quarterback Keith Hardy said. "I just told the guys in the huddle to keep their heads up and keep playing."

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