Pikesville falls hard in playoff debut

Overmatched Panthers routed by Forestville, 48-0

Class 1A football

November 14, 1999|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

FORESTVILLE -- Pikesville will not soon forget its inaugural appearance in the state football playoffs.

The sixth-seeded Panthers were humbled, 48-0, yesterday against host and No. 3-seed Forestville of Prince George's County in the Class 1A quarterfinals.

Junior running back Larry McClain ran seven times for 167 yards and four touchdowns in the first half as the Knights, who lost in last season's state final to Oakland Mills, 15-12, bolted to a 28-0 lead at the half.

McClain, who had nine carries for a game-high 200 yards, scored on runs of 26, 4, 78 and 6 yards.

Any hopes of a miracle comeback by the Panthers (7-4), who penetrated Forestville territory only once in the first half before an interception ended the drive, were doomed when they went three downs and out on the initial possession of the second half.

The Knights (9-2) then drove 60 yards in three plays, with Andre Chapman dashing the last 30 and Pierre Hawkins kicking his fifth straight extra point for a 35-0 lead to commence a running clock that is used when games become one-sided.

Pikesville went on to fumble two kickoff returns and McClain picked off Steve Watson for his 10th interception of the season, leading to two more scores.

"Forestville is an excellent football team and executed like we thought they could," said Pikesville coach Joe Bosley, who has led the Panthers to a 14-7 mark over the past two seasons.

"We're just not close to that level yet. It was our first time in the playoffs, and we weren't up to the task and Forestville was. I wish Mike [Mayo, Forestville coach] and his team a lot of luck."

Mayo kept the score down by substituting freely in the second half and having his quarterback take a knee twice at the Pikesville 15 in the last two minutes.

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