Sherwood again routs Patterson, 59-16 Defending state champs roll to 49 first-half points

4A football

November 17, 1996|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

For Sherwood of Montgomery County, the road to last year's 4A state championship went through Patterson.

Not that it was a problem.

Last year's Clippers lost their 4A playoff quarterfinal by four touchdowns to the Warriors of Sandy Spring, with Tyree Foreman rushing for three touchdowns and a career-high 271 yards.

The fifth-seeded road Warriors, ranked No. 3 by the Washington Post, came back to Baltimore's Patterson yesterday. In a 59-16 quarterfinal rout, the 6-foot, 210-pound Foreman found the going even easier than last year.

Foreman rushed for 190 of the Warriors' 392 total yards. After scoring his fourth touchdown for a 42-0 lead with 8: 36 left in the second quarter, the Division I prospect spent the rest of the afternoon on the bench as coach Bob Milloy substituted freely.

No. 2-ranked Patterson (9-2), the tournament's fourth seed, came within 42-6 on a 1-yard run by Damon Branch (43 yards) with 5: 01 left in the half, but trailed 49-6 by intermission after Lamont Daniels' 1-yard run. The mercy rule (a running clock during a 35 points or more lead) was invoked throughout the second half.

Sherwood travels to No. 1 seed Seneca Valley (11-0), a 42-12 winner over Meade Friday night, for Friday night's semifinal. Seneca Valley edged Sherwood, 27-20, for the Montgomery County 4A title last week. Sherwood's Milloy has won seven state titles, and Seneca Valley, coached by Terry Changuris, has won eight.

"We had some injuries coming in, but that's not why we lost," said Patterson coach Roger Wrenn (159-79-2, 23 seasons). "They're just a whole lot better than us."

Sherwood contained quarterback Devin Jones with 6-3, 180-pound Dameon Powell (two sacks), and Graham Manley (6-3, 235), Jimi Dingle and Joe Ruck with one sack each. Bruce Carrier, Robby Cunningham, and Coner O'Kief each recovered a fumble and Carrier's was in the end zone for a touchdown and a 35-0 lead.

"We knew if we contained No. 19 [Jones,] we win the ball game," said Powell.

Said Manley: "They made some early mistakes that we capitalized on."

Manley made seven extra-point kicks and Randy Thompson the eighth with 6: 52 left to play after Dan Reiss' 1-yard scoring run.

Patterson finished with 258 total yards of offense, 140 in the second half. Jones (8-for-12, 97 yards) began the third period with a 10-play, 64-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard run by Todd Little (52 yards) that made it 49-13.

"I couldn't option [effectively] because their ends were crashing hard, and they were keying on the pitch guy," Jones said. "On passes, the blitz was harder to read than I expected."

The Clippers, who trailed, 21-0, in the first quarter after Bill Cilento's 56-yard scoring pass to Damien Miggins (59 rushing yards), got the game's final TD on Tomez Williams' fumble


Pub Date: 11/17/96

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