Crossland shoots down North County, 27-0, in semifinal

November 21, 1992|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

FORT WASHINGTON -- North County's goal of becoming the youngest school -- only in its third year -- to win a state football championship ended abruptly at Friendly High in Prince George's County last night.

Top-seeded Crossland (12-0) rolled to a 27-0 victory over The Baltimore Sun's fourth-ranked Knights in a Class 4A state semifinal. The Knights, who came into the game boasting the state's most prolific offense with 427 points in 11 games, never got their run-and-shoot offense in gear.

North County (10-2) was held to 54 yards of total offense in the first half by the hard-hitting Cavs as quarterback Eric Howard completed six of 18 passes under intense pressure.

"We came in hoping to be real aggressive up front, wanting to put a lot of pressure on their quarterback," said Crossland coach Larry Layman, an Anne Arundel County resident.

"We used a five-man front and felt that we could play pass with three deep."

Howard said it "was the most pressure" he had been under all year, but said the five-man front is what he saw most of the season. It was only the second time in two years that North County was shut out.

The Knights were blanked in the quarterfinals last year by another Prince George's school in Oxon Hill, 39-0.

This year's Prince George's County champs scored touchdowns in each of the first two periods and two more after halftime to ice it.

Crossland had 114 yards rushing and 102 passing by quarterback Jason Williams in the first half. Lawrence Stukes rushed for 104 of the yards and scored the second touchdown on a 2-yard plunge. Williams had scored the first one, also on a 2-yard dive.

The fans had barely settled into their seats for the second half when Crossland's Cory Lancaster scooped up a Knights fumble and rambled 9 yards into the end zone.

After the extra-point kick by Williams, the ensuing kickoff, at 10:46, produced a couple of ejections.

Williams kicked it into the end zone, but one of North County's top offensive linemen, Jarryn Avery, got into it with Crossland's top back, Stukes. Avery and Stukes were both ejected.

North County coach Chuck Markiewicz drew a warning after showing animated displeasure with the official's call and saying that "this is a state playoff game and I can't believe that you have thrown out two of the top players on the field."

Said Layman, who also protested the decision, "By the rules, you have to sit out a week and I didn't think it was fair for either kid."

After an exchange of punts and a roughing-the-punter call against North County, Derek Bell scored from 7 yards with 3:53 left in the third period to cap the scoring.

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