Last year, Patterson ruined Lake Clifton's bid for a perfect season with a victory in the Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference championship game.
Yesterday, No. 9 Lake Clifton (9-1) got its revenge, a 28-25 victory over the No. 12 Clippers (8-2) in the title game at Poly. The Lakers also handed Patterson its only regular-season loss.
"We have a great group of players and coaches, and we did this as a team," said Lake Clifton coach David White. "This is very rewarding ater last year because we felt we should have won, but we didn't play well at all."
Leading 20-17 and punting from its 14, Lake Clifton's protection broke down and the Clippers' Fred Reynolds blocked the punt and recovered it at the Lakers' 5. Four plays later, Patterson regained the lead when Mike Branch scored from a yard out. Buddy Edmond's run for the conversioin made it 25-20 with 6 minutes, 26 seconds left.
On first down after the ensuing kickoff, Lake Clifton quarterback Dewayne Washington hit Prentice McNair coming across the middle. McNair turned upfield and outraced two Clippers defenders for a 66-yard touchdown. Washington's conversion pass to Sam James made it 28-25.
Patterson had one more shot when it took over at Lake Clifton's 42 but could get no further than the 38. On fourth down, Edmond's pass to Ken Clark was incomplete with 1:29 left.
Washington completed 11 of 17 passes for 272 yards and two touchdowns. Both touchdown passes were to McNair, who finished with five catches for 177 yards. McNair was able to get free as Patterson concentrated on James, the Lakers' leading receiver.
"All the attention was going to be on Dewayne and Sam," said McNair, a junior. "I figured I could get open and do something that would get us out on top."
Washington connected with McNair from 42 yards out for Lake Clifton's first score after Patterson had taken a 3-0 lead on Edmond's 21-yard field goal with 2:52 left in the first quarter.