Johnson leads City's 22-14 upset of Lakers Stubborn Knights erase Lake Clifton's early lead

October 24, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Lake Clifton's homecoming yesterday was about good times and good memories for City's Bryant Johnson, who orchestrated a come-from-behind 22-14 victory. It was the 13th-ranked Lakers' third straight loss.

Johnson set up his touchdown reception with a fumble recovery. He set up another score with a difficult catch. And he kicked two extra points, faking a third only to threw a conversion pass.

"Our playoff hopes are slim, but we came in here knowing we can still win the city championship," said Johnson, whose team (5-3, 4-1) is contending with No. 5 Poly (6-1, 5-0) for the City's East Division title.

"From the opening kickoff, we never doubted we could beat them," Johnson said. "Once we went ahead, they got scared and softened up."

Lake Clifton (5-3, 2-3) sprinted to an early lead behind the running of second-team All-Metro Darnell Pearsall (131 yards) and Robert Carrothers (75 yards), with a first-quarter, 5-yard run by Jason Carrothers making it 6-0.

The Lakers made it 14-0 by adding a second period 30-yard scoring pass from Joe Able to Tavon Ervin, followed by Able's conversion run.

But Lake Clifton's blowout-in-the-making began to unravel three minutes before halftime.

Following a 10-yard touchdown by Lamar Jones (32 carries, 115 yards), Johnson faked the extra point kick and passed to James Gee to make it 14-8.

And just after recovering a fumble at the Lakers' 30 with 4: 30 left in the third period, Johnson hauled in a 25-yard touchdown reception from Vincent Deloatch and converted his first extra point kick for a permanent Knights lead, 15-14.

With 56 seconds left in the third period, and facing fourth-and-8, Johnson's 12-yard catch gave the Knights the ball on the Lakers' 3. Two plays later, Deloatch (6-for-9, 82 yards) scored on a keeper.

"By then, the slants and the waggle passes were working every time," said Deloatch, who was 5-for-6 in the second half. "Their safeties were biting up on the inside man, getting fooled by the run."

Defensively, 6-foot, 225-pound tackle Anthony Salley (11 tackles) and both Marcus Martin and Josh Lay (five tackles each) helped to limit Pearsall and Robert Carrothers to a combined 55 yards in the second half.

In other games yesterday:

Northwestern 52, Southern 0: Leroy Satchell scored 48 of the Wildcats' 52 points as the Wildcats (6-2, 5-0) shut out the host Bulldogs (0-6) in the City's West Division. Satchell, who had 250 yards on 17 carries, scored seven touchdowns, two 2-point conversions and a safety.

Seven touchdowns in a game is a city record Satchell now shares with Steve Kelley and Archie Wannamaker, who both did it in 1995. Kelley did it for Kenwood in a 40-0 rout of Parkville, Wannamaker in a 53-18 Mount St. Joseph victory over City.

C. Milton Wright 7, No. 7 Aberdeen 6: Hardy McSpadden ran for a 60-yard touchdown as the Mustangs (4-3) upset seventh-ranked Aberdeen (7-1) on the road. McSpadden had 90 of Wright's 196 rushing yards, while the Eagles could only manage 170 total yards. Aberdeen scored on a 87-yard touchdown reception by Stephon Watson with 10: 13 left, but missed the extra point.

Owings Mills 34, Pikesville 12: Marvin Reed was responsible for three touchdowns, one passing, one rushing and one catching, to help lift the host Eagles (7-1) over the Panthers (4-3). Reed had 242 yards of total offense, including 92 yards rushing.

No. 14 Patterson 34, Northern 8: Leonard Bridgeforth rushed 17 times for 98 yards and had 14 tackles as the Clippers (6-2) beat the host Vikings (2-6).

Walbrook 26, Forest Park 0: This was the fifth straight victory and the fourth straight shutout for Walbrook (5-2, 4-0 in the City's West Division). Coach Kelvin Bridges' Walbrook team has outscored its last five opponents by a combined 204-7, and its league opponents by a combined 172-0.

Pub Date: 10/24/97

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