Washington's football stars romp, 31-6

Northern's Lowe shines for Baltimore squad

July 17, 1999|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

WASHINGTON -- Round 1 of the inaugural Baltimore-Washington Parkway All-Star Week went to Washington last night with a 31-6 football victory over Baltimore before 3,124 spectators at Eastern High in Northeast.

Roosevelt receiver Charles Cobb, who is headed for Temple, had touchdown receptions of 40 and 50 yards to earn offensive MVP honors for the Washington public-school squad.

For Baltimore, Northern's James Lowe earned MVP honors on offense after catching three passes for 96 yards, including a 50-yard scoring pass from Poly's Timmy Frazier with 1 minute, 22 seconds to play.

Baltimore's defense was led by George Hopkins, also of Poly, the defensive MVP who knocked down three passes and had three tackles for losses.

Lake Clifton's Djorrell Dunn helped to limit Washington to 10 yards of offense in the first quarter with two of his six solo tackles going for losses of yardage.

Rounds 2 and 3 of the all-star series, which is intended to showcase the just-graduated seniors from both cities, continues today with a pair of basketball games at Coolidge High in Northwest Washington. The girls begin at 11 a.m. and boys at 1 p.m.

Baltimore's team wilted in muggy conditions against the backdrop of RFK Stadium, about a quarter-mile away, as its offense could not convert on three good opportunities before Washington scored late in the first half.

Baltimore blew yet another chance before the home team scored a second time, taking a 14-0 lead on Damien Presley's 55-yard scoring pass to Cobb at 2: 02 of the third period.

With Baltimore facing third-and-4 at Washington's 47-yard line in the scoreless first period, Lowe out-leaped double coverage to snag a 39-yard pass on the right sideline. But starting at Washington's 14-yard line, Baltimore could not score, giving up the ball on downs.

In the third period, Lowe had beaten his man to the end zone when a pass intended for him deflected off his defender's helmet and out of reach.

"You take what you can get, and it would have been nicer if we'd won the game," said the 6-foot-4, 180-pound Lowe, who runs a 4.4-second 40-yard dash and will play this fall at Wesley College in Dover, Del. "I missed some earlier opportunities, but I still feel I showed what I can do."

Presley, of Anacostia High School, was 4-of-5 passing, with two going for touchdowns.

David Clark, from Ballou High, booted a 31-yard field goal and two extra points.

Also, Dunbar-Washington quarterback Lee Baker, a 6-foot, 185-pound All-Metro player, engineered a nine-play, 83-yard scoring drive that gave Washington a 7-0 lead with 2: 25 left in the first half. Baker will attend Virginia Tech this fall.

Baltimore All-Metro basketball Player of the Year Marcus Hatten is expected to lead Baltimore's contingent in today's games.

The series comes to Baltimore next summer and is scheduled to include volleyball and soccer at sites to be determined.

Baltimore 0 0 0 6 -- 6

Washington 0 7 7 17 -- 31

Wash.--Cobb 40 pass from Baker (Clark kick)

Wash.--Cobb 55 pass from Presley (Clark kick)

Wash.--Donaldson 5 pass from Presley (Stokes kick)

Wash.--Simmons 15 run (Stokes kick)

Wash.--Clark 31 FG

Baltimore--Lowe 50 pass from Frazier (kick failed)

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