Scott, Friendly overcome Meade, 18-13 Back's late TD finishes rally from 13-0 deficit

September 21, 1996|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

In the first three quarters of last night's game at Meade, visiting Friendly had two key turnovers, 65 yards in penalties and no success in the red zone.

The numbers only seemed to heighten the challenge for Patriots running back Gerald Scott.

Scott racked up a career-high 211 yards on 23 carries, including second-half touchdowns of 28 and 66 yards, as Friendly of Prince George's County held off host and No. 14 Meade, 18-13.

After leading 13-0, the Mustangs still had a chance to pull out a victory in the final seconds, but were unable to score from the Patriots' 8. On fourth-and-goal with under 10 seconds left, quarterback Malwan Johnson's pass to the corner of the end zone was picked off.

In the final analysis, though, it was the running of Scott, and the Mustangs' inability to tackle him, that made the difference.

"We had a hard time with all of their counters," said Meade coach Jerry Hartman. "We kept overpursuing them, and they gained big yardage. But we still had a chance to win, and we just couldn't do it."

Said Scott: "Our offensive line did a great job. They blocked well, opened up holes and just let me pick away."

Friendly (2-1), a perennial Prince George's County power, moved the ball well all night, but stopped itself with mistakes.

Near the end of the first quarter, the Patriots took the ball to Meade's 18. Then, in succession, a holding penalty, a run for a 1-yard loss and, finally, a fumble ended the threat.

Then, near the end of the half, Friendly drove to Meade's 9, but went nowhere with three short runs, and had its fourth-and-long pass intercepted by James Gross in the end zone.

The Mustangs (1-2) scored the only points of the half, taking a 7-0 lead when tailback Jesse Barnes scored the first of his touchdowns, running it in from the 5-yard line 7: 29 before halftime.

Barnes made it 13-0 early in the third quarter, capping Meade's first possession of the half with a 4-yard plunge. But Friendly came right back, as Scott broke a 66-yard run two plays later to make it 13-6.

Quarterback Gharun Hester made it 13-12, scoring on a 25-yard keeper with 5: 19 left, but the two-point conversion attempt failed, leaving Meade ahead.

But Scott's second touchdown, a 28-yard run with 1: 12 left, proved to be the difference.

North County 40, Chesapeake-AA 8: Quarterback Mike Evans completed 24 of 34 passes for 404 yards and five touchdowns to lead the third-ranked Knights (3-0) to an easy win. North County's Corey Wright caught 12 passes for 238 yards and a touchdown, and Antoine Chambers had nine receptions for 103 yards. Kiki Ellis rushed 10 times for 140 yards as the Knights amassed 635 total yards. Chesapeake-AA (1-2) was held to just 208 total yards.

Pub Date: 9/21/96

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