Southern speeds past Potomac, 14-12 2A East football

November 14, 1993|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

OXON HILL -- In a game pitting two teams making their first playoff appearances, No. 7 Southern (10-1) held on for a 14-12 Class 2A quarterfinal victory over Potomac (9-2) of Prince George's County.

With the win, fifth seed Southern will play host to eighth seed Dunbar on Friday in Harwood in the semifinals. No. 12 Dunbar (9-2) was a 22-10 victor over No. 4 Overlea (10-1) on Friday night.

Yesterday, it was speed against power as Southern jumped out to an early 14-0 lead.

B. J. Summers (20-for-123 rushing) scored touchdowns in the second and final periods, but the Braves failed to convert either two-point run.

The second Summers touchdown came from 13 yards out with 6:50 left and set up a potential game-tying two-point conversion. With most anticipating Summers getting the ball, the Braves instead went to Andre Reid, who was stuffed by defensive end Jason Poknis and nose guard Philip Brown.

"All we could think about was that we didn't want the season to end here," said Poknis. "We want it to end at Byrd Stadium [College Park, site of state finals]."

Playing nearly the entire second half without running back/defensive back Jamar Mullen, the Dawgs made one more big play. Corey Contee came up with his sixth interception of the season at the Dawgs' 29 with 2:17 left in the game to kill the Braves' final threat.

Mullen went out with 9:40 left in the third period and never returned.

Earlier, Mullen scored what appeared to be the game's first touchdown on a 69-yard swing pass from Joe McCafferty on the first offensive series of the game.

But a clipping penalty nullified the six points.

After forcing the Braves to punt on fourth down, the Dawgs marched 80 yards in 10 plays on their ensuing possession with Poknis crashing in from the 3.

Poknis, who ran for 107 yards on 13 carries, carried four times for 62 yards on the drive.

After the McCafferty-to-Mullen swing pass struck again from 37 yards out and Contee grabbed a conversion pass to make it 14-0, the Braves started their comeback.

They got a 22-yard kickoff return from Jareese Williams to their own 42. Summers then sped 58 yards to score and the Braves were back in it.

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