Lake Clifton in first grid playoff today Lakers traveling to face Roosevelt-PG

both 10-1

November 23, 1996|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Lake Clifton, guided by second-year coach James Monroe, continues its assault on history today at Roosevelt-PG (10-1) in a Class 4A state semifinal.

The Lakers (10-1), making their first playoff appearance, boast five shutouts and an eight-game winning streak since losing, 22-0, to No. 5 Patterson.

The Raiders, ranked No. 5 in the Washington area by The Washington Post, have four shutouts and a 10-game winning streak since a season-opening 26-23 loss to North County, which Lake Clifton hammered, 58-30, last week.

Lake Clifton faces its toughest defense thus far in Roosevelt, whose linemen are Derrick Ragland (6-foot-4, 265-pounds), Dave Upchurch (6-3, 230), Kevin Watson (6-1, 250) and Mike Caulfield (5-10, 270). Kevin Brooks (6-3, 230), the top rusher with 1,030 yards, 15 touchdowns, is joined by fellow linebackers Sam Goines (6-2, 190), Ehaab Saayad (6-0, 190) and Tyron Shelby (5-11, 180).

The Lakers boast nose-guard Robert Gross (15 sacks), linebackers Jason Carrothers (16) and Djorrel Dunn (88 tackles), defensive ends Shawn Williams (6-2, 210) and Brodie Crowder (6-3, 200), and lineman Harry Blackwell (6-3, 330). Their offense relies on Darnell Pearsall (1,322 yards, 12 touchdowns), Robert Carrothers (1,011, 12) and receiver Terril Lowery (28 receptions, 989 yards, nine touchdowns).

"Skillwise, they're similar to Laurel [a 27-7 win] or Largo [a 32-0 win,]" said Roosevelt coach Pat McGroarty, whose wing-T features Brooks, Troy Franklin (6-1, 230) and Dwayne Lewis (573 yards, six touchdowns).

"They have a large line and a nice defense," Monroe said. "Their offense reminds me of Northern [a 22-7 win.]"

In a Class 2A semifinal today, City (9-2) plays host to No. 8 seed Fort Hill (9-2), of Cumberland.

Fourth-ranked City has offensive balance in running back Taber Small (900 yards, 17 touchdowns), receiver Warren Smith (46, 861, 10) and quarterback Michael Johnson (1,509 passing yards, 14 touchdowns). Karim Cross (nine sacks) and James Gee (nine interceptions) lead City's defense.

The Knights, winner of their first Class 2A East Region crown, come off last week's 26-22 win over previously unbeaten Potomac-PG, then ranked No. 4 by The Washington Post.

Fort Hill (9-2) is in its fifth straight playoffs. The Sentinels' wing-T features the Page cousins, Josh (1,884 yards, 25 touchdowns) and Rashad (672, six).

Pub Date: 11/23/96

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