No. 6 Poly grinds out win over Patterson 15-14 victory is No. 260 for Engineers' Waibel

September 27, 1997|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Sixth-ranked Poly put together a steady and efficient performance to defeat No. 11 Patterson, 15-14, last night at Patterson Park's Utz Field.

It was career victory No. 260 for Poly coach Augie Waibel in his final season, and the second straight season that the Engineers have defeated Patterson. Poly defeated the Clippers in last season's opener, ending Patterson's three-year winning streak against city opponents.

In the Baltimore City East League opener for both teams, the Engineers (3-1, 1-0) ran out the game's final 5: 25 after the Clippers (3-1, 0-1) had pulled within one.

"Our ability to run the ball was key tonight," said Waibel, whose team lost to No. 5 Gilman 17-13 last week. "We were able to get some interceptions and not make a lot of turnovers."

Last season, Patterson rallied from a double-digit deficit in the fourth-quarter to defeat Northern. The Clippers looked to be heading for another exciting comeback after Ronnie Rivers scored on a 38-yard run after getting a lateral from Allen Clay.

But Poly didn't wither. Charles Haywood broke a 19-yard gain on first down and the Engineers would run the ball six more times, forcing Patterson to use its remaining timeouts.

The Engineers ran for 183 yards, led by Haywood and Lonnie Williams, who each rushed for 51 yards. Junior quarter Tim Frazier was effective running as well as throwing, completing five of seven passes for 83 yards, using play-actions and rollouts to keep the Clippers' defense off balance.

The Engineers forced four Patterson turnovers, using two to account for their points. Carlton Saunders picked off Clippers quarterback Tremaine Lyle on the first play of the final period, giving the Engineers possession at the Patterson 49. Poly ran the ball eight times, leading to a 9-yard scamper by Williams with 7: 15 remaining. Frazier ran for the two-point conversion.

With its offense struggling for most of the game, Patterson struck back. Lyle (4-for-10, 93 yards) connected with Clay for a 29-yard pass. Three plays later, Lyle threw a short pass to Clay, who then lateraled to Rivers, who went 38 yards down the right sideline for the touchdown. Lyle's two-point conversion made it 15-14.

"Patterson is basically a trick-play ball club, but they played great defense," said Frazier, a junior. "We figured we could be successful with our straight man-on-man pass plays."

After a bad snap by Patterson gave the Engineers a first down at the Clippers' 19, Frazier found Kenneth Rogers open in the right flat for a 6-0 lead with 3: 50 remaining in the opening quarter.

The Clippers went 70 yards in four plays to begin the second half as Lyle found Clay (three catches, 70 yards) in the end zone for a touchdown to make it 7-6.

"We're coming along offensively, and it's going to take some time," said Patterson coach Roger Wrenn.

No. 3 Lake Clifton 32, Southwestern 0: Darnell Pearsall had 178 yards on nine carries, and Robert Carrothers carried 11 times for 175 yards as the Lakers (4-0) crushed the home team. Eric Thompson had a season-high five interceptions for Lake Clifton.

No. 10 Woodlawn 47, Perry Hall 0: Tavon Mason had 179 yards rushing and four touchdowns and Reggie Danage had 133 all-purpose yards and two scores as the Warriors (4-0) dropped the Gators (2-2) at home.

Hereford 63, Sparrows Point 0: Jason Murphy rushed eight times for 101 yards and three touchdowns as the Bulls (4-0) had a second consecutive 63-0 shutout. Sparrows Point dropped to 0-4.

Jason Wingeart had four carries for 137 yards and a touchdown.

McDonogh 35, St. Paul's 7: Patrick Bydume ran for 200 yards and a touchdown as the visiting Eagles (3-1) smashed the Crusaders (0-3).

Hickey 35, Perryville 22: Calvin Tillman rushed 10 times for 100 yards, including three touchdowns and an extra-point conversion to power host Hickey (4-0) past the Panthers (2-2).

Pub Date: 9/27/97

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