Beane, City run over Forest Pk., 20-0

October 08, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

You might say Forest Park got beaned in the first half of yesterday's 20-0 loss at No. 7 City.

That's when Knights senior running back Damian Beane gained all but two of his 116 yards and scored touchdowns of 46 and 52 yards.

Beane's efforts, which included a 24-yard, drive-halting interception return that set up his second score, helped City to a 14-0 halftime lead after Kevin Griffin's conversion run.

"I just felt like I was in a zone," said Beane, who raised his touchdown total to a team-leading seven on the year. "I felt like I couldn't be stopped."

But Beane was stopped early in the third period, leaving the game for good after injuring his ankle during a 2-yard run on his fTC first carry of the second half -- his eighth of the game.

"It was on a power drive up the middle, and someone stepped on my foot," said Beane. "I know it seems like a small thing, but I couldn't run after that."

But Beane's backfield mates, Taber Small (22 carries, 108 yards) and Jemini Jones (12 carries, 78 yards) carried the load from there, including Small's 4-yard touchdown run that capped an 11-play, 58-yard drive with 1:26 left in the game.

Their totals, along with that of quarterback Jermaine Peters (20 yards, four carries), added up to 322 yards -- all on the ground.

"Their running backs were sensational today," said Forest Park coach Obie Barnes. "Even when we'd tackle them, their momentum would carry them some extra yards after we made the first hit."

The victory was the 34th in the past 36 games for City (5-0), which handed the Foresters their second straight loss after a 2-0 start.

"We showed that we could beat a quality team, even when one of our better players has to leave the game," said City coach George Petrides, who cited the blocking of linemen Jonathan Jones, Eddie Hooper, Frank Hutson, Chris Perkins and Quantay Johnson.

"[The linemen] kept getting us the first down when we needed them. They just did the job all day."

Forest Park failed to capitalize on an excellent scoring chance after driving 75 yards on eight plays in the third period. But on a fourth-and-one at City's 5-yard line, quarterback McKinley Jones fumbled, and Jemini Jones recovered at City's 3.

"They had a nice drive going, but I think that made them lay down," said Jemini Jones. "It killed their spirit. It killed everything."

Forest Park's Aaron Thompson (68 yards, nine carries) recovered Jemini Jones' fumble early in the fourth period, but the Foresters couldn't score, as McKinley Jones was sacked twice -- by Jason Ashe (minus 7 yards) and Marcus Cornish (minus 10) -- on two of the Foresters' final three possessions.

"It really hurt that our quarterback fumbled on our best chance to score," said Barnes, whose Foresters drove to the Knights' 25 and the Knights' 26, respectively, in the first and second quarter.

"We just seemed to relax and not take advantage once we were in the red zone."

Taber Small one-upped his twin brother, Sharif, who rushed for just nine of Forest Park's 140 total yards of offense. Thompson threw a 22-yard option pass to Calvin Thurmond and caught a pass for 14 yards.

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