Tough start for Pompey

September 10, 1994|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,Contributing Writer

Pete Pompey last coached a football game on Nov. 21, 1992 when he led Dunbar against Patterson in the Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference championship. The Clippers upset the then-undefeated Poets for the title.

Pompey returned to the sidelines yesterday, this time with Edmondson. The Redskins came in as underdogs against host and second-ranked Patterson.

There was no upset this time.

The Clippers ruined Pompey's return as Redskins coach, breezing to a 34-0 victory in a Baltimore City 4A League opener for both.

Pompey was transferred to Edmondson last month after being cleared of charges of misuse of Dunbar athletic funds after a 14-month investigation by the city State's Attorney Office. At Dunbar, he led the basketball team to the 1992 national championship. In his six years as football coach, he was 42-14-1.

In 15 years previously at Edmondson, Pompey was 100-40 and won three Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference football championships. Now, in his second tour of duty, Pompey has to rebuild a team that went 0-10 last season.

"It's going to take some work," said Pompey. "We really haven't had the same guys at practice. Most of these kids have jobs and we're trying to patch things together. We have to keep teaching things over and over because of it and we are at least a week and a half behind."

Game 1 of Pompey's second tenure had an inauspicious beginning. The game was delayed for about 20 minutes because the Redskins' uniform tops were still at the cleaners and had to be picked up.

Edmondson netted minus-1 yard on the game's opening possession before punting.

The Clippers took their first possession and went 59 yards in four plays, capped by an 11-yard run straight up the middle by Ryan Lewis. The Redskins' next possession included a fumble and netted minus-2 yards before they punted.

Patterson built a 20-0 halftime lead, adding touchdown runs of 3 and 11 yards by quarterback Willie McGirt, and Edmondson had minus-21 yards total offense.

"We just weren't ready, plain and simple," said Edmondson quarterback Donald Goodman. "It was a complete team breakdown."

In Pompey's previous meeting with Patterson, McGirt, then a sophomore, overcame a shaky two-interception performance to help lead the Clippers to a 24-14 victory and the MSA B Conference title.

McGirt, now a senior, overcame a shaky performance by his offensive line, completing nine of 15 passes for 198 yards and a touchdown. Senior wide receiver Tim Horky caught five of those passes for 124 yards.

Horky and McGirt connected for a 33-yard pass play to open the second half. Two plays later, Lewis scored his second touchdown of the game, increasing Patterson's lead to 27-0 with remaining.

On the Clippers' next possession, McGirt found Horky in the left flat and Horky used a couple of blocks to go 56 yards for a touchdown.

"The first game is always a little bit sloppy and we've got some work to do," said Patterson coach Roger Wrenn. "We look a little shaky in our line and at receiver, but our quarterback performed real well and our defense played terrific all day."

While the Clippers look to keep their No. 2 ranking intact against Walbrook next Friday, Edmondson will play host to Southern-Baltimore., hoping to snap its 11-game losing streak. It's a strange feeling for Pompey, but he's happy to be back on the sidelines.

"The result wasn't very good, but I've been down this trail before," he said. "We have a way of putting it together, if you give us time. Hopefully, that will happen. I'm glad to be back in coaching and being around young people. That's what I missed the most."

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