CAMBRIDGE -- Joppatowne football coach Carlos Larson got what he wanted last night -- a big defensive effort and his first Class 1A playoff victory.
The sixth-seeded Mariners recovered five fumbles and intercepted two passes to spark a 24-12 victory over No. 3 seed Cambridge-South Dorchester in a state quarterfinal at Viking Stadium.
"That was a big part of our game," said Larson, referring to Cambridge's seven turnovers.
The Mariners turned two of five Cambridge turnovers into a 16-0 lead at halftime.
Running back Mike Taylor (23 carries, 88 yards) scored on a 7-yard run and ran for the two-point conversion to give the Mariners an 8-0 lead with 1 minute, 4 seconds left in the first quarter.
After Joppatowne recovered another fumble, quarterback Damon Davies threw to Mark Taylor in the corner of the end zone for a 24-yard touchdown.
Vernon Wingfield swept around end for the two-point conversion, and the Mariners were up by 16-0 with 8:59 remaining in the first half.
Joppatowne made it 24-0 after Donald Thomas broke into Cambridge's backfield, deflected a pitch-out by quarterback Dietrich Johnson, then picked up the ball at the 35 and ran 61 yards to the Vikings' 4.
Three plays later, on third-and-goal, Taylor --ed around end for the touchdown. Wingfield again ran in the conversion for a 24-point cushion with 6 minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Cambridge came back on its next possession. It went 59 yards on four plays, with senior tailback Antwain Chester ending the drive with a 34-yard run. Johnson's run for the two-point conversion failed.
Defensive back Bronte Stanley intercepted Davies to give Cambridge the ball back with 2:40 left in the third quarter.
This time, Cambridge moved 67 yards in four plays, with Chester completing the drive with a 4-yard touchdown run.