Perry Hall converts in OT, 30-28 Franklin helps Gators recover 4A football

November 14, 1993|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,Contributing Writer

All week, Perry Hall running back Mark Franklin felt that yesterday's state Class 4A quarterfinal game with Patterson would go into overtime. It did, and Franklin was a big reason, rushing for 152 yards and scoring three touchdowns.

But what he didn't foresee was the way he would get his final two points in the No. 10 Gators' 30-28 victory over No. 8 Patterson at Dundalk Community College.

After Franklin caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Znamirowski on the Gators' lone overtime possession on fourth down, he picked up a fumble by Znamirowski at the 2 and went into the end zone for the conversion.

"It was an option play to Mandel [Marsh] and he [Znamirowski] didn't pitch it and he was going down," said Franklin, a 5-foot-10 senior. "He just pushed the ball out so I just picked it up and went into the end zone."

Said Znamirowski: "I was falling and as I was going down, I just threw it because it wouldn't do us any good by falling down on it."

Patterson (9-2) scored a touchdown on the ensuing possession, getting a 10-yard run from Stacey Plater. But the Clippers' attempt to send the game into a second overtime failed. Quarterback Willie McGirt (11 of 17, 132 yards) threw an option pitch to Earl Smith (67 yards) that was tipped and the ball went wide of him. He couldn't get a handle on it and fumbled.

"I thought we'd been running it well all day," said Patterson coach Roger Wrenn of running the option for the conversion. "I thought it was there. It just didn't work. I make a lot of decisions as head coach; some work and some don't, that what makes it exciting."

The loss by the Clippers, who were seeded sixth, leaves Poly and Dunbar as the only city public schools still alive in the state tournament. Poly defeated Howard yesterday, 28-6, in a Class 3A quarterfinal game, while City lost to Douglass of Prince George's, 30-18. Dunbar defeated Overlea, 22-10, on Friday in a Class 2A quarterfinal game.

Perry Hall (10-1), the No. 3 seed, advances to Friday night's semifinal for the first time since 1974, when it plays Watkins Mill, the No. 7 seed and the Washington's area 14th-ranked team, at 7:30 at Dundalk Community College. Watkins Mill beat North County, 30-6, on Friday.

The Gators had an opportunity to win yesterday with 19 seconds left in regulation, but Greg Canapp's 25-yard field-goal attempt went low. It was one of the few missed scoring opportunities in a game in which both teams moved the ball.

Patterson tied the score at 22, going 60 yards in eight plays, capped by Smith's 4-yard touchdown run, answering a previous scoring drive by Perry Hall of 89 yards in 11 plays.

That drive, which ended with Franklin's 3-yard touchdown run and a two-point conversion run by Marsh (77 yards), began after linebacker Ryan Pancake intercepted a McGirt pass at the goal line, on the 13th play of a Clippers drive that had started at the Patterson 11.

"We feel very fortunate to win this game," said Perry Hall coach Joe Stoy. "This was a very good high-school football game. We got lucky in the end, we picked up the fumble and got the two-point conversion."

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