No. 17 Edmondson High ran out of comebacks yesterday.
The Redskins, who rallied for victories over Walbrook, Northwestern and Patterson earlier this season, fell to unranked Northern, 16-6, in a Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference game.
The loss dropped Edmondson (4-1, 4-1) out of first place. Northern (3-1, 3-0) moved into sole possession of first.
Northern's offense rolled up 289 yards, and the defense forced three turnovers and held the Edmondson's high-powered offense scoreless in the second half.
"It was a big game," said Northern coach Ike Hemhill. "But every game is a big game to us. Every Friday is our big game."
Edmondson coach James James warned his team after last week's come-from-behind, 8-6 victory over Patterson that one day they would run out of time. Yesterday, he proved prophetic.
"The kids got big-headed when they were in first place," said James. "All this week they didn't practice. And when they did practice, all they did was laugh and fool around, and that kind of behavior forced this to happen today."
Northern took an 8-0 lead in the first quarter on a 2-yard run by running back Chicory Calhoun. Quarterback Darnell Stokes ran for the two-point conversion.
Edmondson scored its lone touchdown later in the quarter with a trick play. Fullback Paul Page took the snap out of a shotgun formation and threw a 65-yard touchdown to Sean Robinson. A run for the conversion failed.
Northern came back to take the lead for good with a six-play, 67-yard drive with 10:31 left in the second quarter. Stokes threw a 10-yard pass to Gregory Trigden on fourth down for the score. Stokes ran for the conversion.
Stokes, who ran for 125 yards on 17 carries, set up the touchdown with a 10-yard run on third-and-seven to keep the drive alive.
"He's [Stokes] doing a lot of good things, that's why he's playing," said Hemphill. 'He's a good strong kid who runs the option well."
Halfback Keith Davis added 92 yards on 17 carries.
"We're a much more mature team than last year," said Stokes. "Coach told us to concentrate and do our jobs. We knew they were going to play us tough, so we prepared real well."
Edmondson was limited to 163 yards total offense. Northern defensive end Charles Tate led the way with 10 tackles.
"They [Edmondson] faked the ball well," said Tate. "But I had my foot speed in order so I could make some plays. We didn't want them to score too much today."