Oxon Hill disarms North County's run/shoot, 39-0 State 4A football

November 17, 1991|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Special to The Sun

OXON HILL -- Oxon Hill football coach Cliff Haskins never had heard of North County -- much less its run-and-shoot offense.

North County coach Chuck Markiewicz, on the other hand, had scouted the Clippers and had an extensive knowledge of their wing-T offense.

Barely six minutes into yesterday's state Class 4A quarterfinal game, it was apparent that none of the above mattered.

The fourth-seeded Clippers (9-2) of Prince George's County had a 13-0 lead after Chris Tisdale and Jason Buchanan intercepted North County junior Eric Howard for touchdowns of 30 and 10 yards.

That was the beginning of a 39-0 rout in which Oxon Hill ground out 343 yards of offense. It had another interception against Knights reserve quarterback Reggie Moore, who was as ineffective as Howard, going 4-for-14 for 61 yards with five sacks.

"This is embarrassing," said Markiewicz, whose 16th-ranked Knights (8-3) made their first playoff appearance in the school's second year of existence. "We've put ourselves in holes before, but this is the first time our defense couldn't bail us out," he said.

"I said we'd either look good, or we'd look terrible. A couple of our people were intimidated."

Oxon Hill was making its eighth straight playoff appearance, having won a state title in 1982. Ranked No. 6 in the Washington area, the Clippers showed the same kind of tenacious defense as last year, when the state semifinalists had 38 interceptions.

The Knights trailed 19-0 in the second quarter after Oxon Hill quarterback John Landreth (8-for-9, 162 yards, two touchdowns) found Clayton Thompson on the end of a 20-yard touchdown pass. And it was 26-0 six seconds before halftime when Buchanan capped a six-play, 64-yard drive with his 3-yard touchdown dive.

"We knew if we put a lot of pressure on their quarterback, we'd stop the run-and-shoot," said Buchanan, who finished the game with 16 carries for 68 yards rushing and three catches for 81 yards.

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