High Point eliminates Annapolis Visiting Eagles win, 33-14, dominate game's 1st half

Class 4A football

November 15, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

High Point of Prince George's County jumped out to a 20-0 first-half lead and coasted to a 33-14 victory over No. 6-ranked Annapolis in a Class 4A state quarterfinal game at Al Laramore Field last night.

Running backs Kaiber Duncan and Kenny Austin, both 1,000-yard rushers for the Eagles this season, ran for over 100 yards each. Duncan, who ran for 70 yards in the second half after Austin gained 66 in the first half, scored touchdowns on runs of 6 and 12 yards.

The victory was gratifying to High Point coach Dale Castro, the former University of Maryland All-American place-kicker who graduated from Southern-Harwood. Castro, in his eighth season as High Point coach, was making his first appearance in Anne Arundel County during the playoffs.

Castro's Eagles (9-2) totally dominated Annapolis (9-2) in the first half and the deficit proved too much for the Panthers, who were making their county-record ninth appearance in the state playoffs and the first since 1992.

The Eagles, who were 2-8 last season and last made the playoffs in 1994, had the football 17 of 24 minutes in the first half and held Annapolis to 16 total yards.

Annapolis tried to make a game of it in the second half as a pair of Peter Ludlam-to-Donnell Foote passes covering 72 yards accounted for the Panthers' first touchdown from 30 yards out. Foote took the ball away from Eagle defenders Abdur Khan and Zoekia Keller to score his 10th touchdown of the season.

Ray Pack booted the extra point and it was a 20-7 game, but the next possession by the Eagles proved crucial. High Point drove 66 yards in eight plays to take a 27-7 lead and that score erased any momentum Annapolis had.

The biggest play on the drive was a third-and-11 at the Eagle 46 when quarterback Darrell Morton hooked up with Brandon Morgan for a 25-yard gain at the Annapolis 29. Four plays later, Morgan kept it and sprinted for a 19-yard touchdown run that broke the Panthers' backs.

Milford Margai's extra point made it 27-7 with 5: 34 left in the third period.

Duncan scored on a 12-yard run to cap a 75-yard, 10-play drive with 4: 49 left in the game before Annapolis put up the final points of the night, a 5-yard run by sophomore back Dan Harich.

High Point covered 74 yards on 12 plays on the game's first drive with Duncan scoring from the six with 6: 43 left in the first period. Milford Margai's extra point attempt was low right and High Point was up 6-0.

It was four downs and out for the Panthers on their first drive after a botched kickoff reception. A short punt by Donnell Foote gave the Eagles a first down at the Annapolis 44 and seven plays later High Point had a 14-0 lead.

Morton's pass along the sideline on second-and-12 at the 36 was tipped high by the Panthers' Curtis Jones and as it floated forward it was cradled by Patrick Walker, who went in untouched. Morton tossed to Sean Dowdie for the two-point conversion.

The Panthers' Ludlam was intercepted twice in the second period on his first two passes. The second was returned 19 yards to the end zone by Dowdie.

Dowdie laid back and timed it just right as Ludlam flipped an attempted screen pass.

Pub Date: 11/15/97

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