BEL AIR -- In a game filled with big plays, Douglass of Prince George's County came up with the last one to edge C. Milton Wright, 28-27, in a state Class 3A quarterfinal game last night at C. Milton Wright.
Douglass had only four pass completions all night, but two went for touchdowns and the others for long gainers. With 2 minutes, 13 seconds left in the game, quarterback Kyantae Hawkins hit Greg Lawrence for a two-point conversion pass that gave Douglass (10-1) the victory. Hawkins had hit Lawrence for an 80-yard touchdown seconds earlier.
The loss ended the No. 3 Mustangs' bid for a second straight appearance in the Class 3A title game. Douglass reached the Class 2A semifinals last year.
The Mustangs (10-1) had taken a 27-20 lead on Zi Shum's 4-yard run with 4:25 left. Mike Weichert added the PAT.
Weichert kicked three extra points in the game to increase his season total to 39. But the Eagles partially blocked one of his attempts -- in the third quarter.
Each team had three turnovers and each team scored two touchdowns resulting from turnovers. The Mustangs converted six of 11 on third downs, several for big yardage. The Eagles were 6-for-10 on third downs.
The Mustangs held the lead several times including most of the second half. On the first series of the half, they marched 60 yards on three plays to take a 20-14 lead. Hawk hit Dan Gartrell for a 50-yard gain. Two plays later Shum ran the ball in from 4 yards out.
Greg Cooper recovered a fumble on the next Eagles series, but C. Milton Wright only moved the ball 15 yards before Larry Johnson picked off a short Hawk pass. The Eagles marched 31 yards on five plays before Darnel Tingle took the ball in from four yards out. Hawkins' run failed leaving the game tied at 20.
In the first half, the Mustangs struck early taking advantage of a Douglass turnover. Lawrence fumbled the ball on the Mustangs' 43-yard line and Jason Joines smothered it.
Two plays later, Hawk (8-for-14, 154 yards) hit Weichert (seven catches, 121 yards) for a 60-yard gain to the Eagles' 1-yard line. Hawk ran the ball in on the next play. It was the first rushing touchdown allowed by the Eagles defense since the third week of the season.