Baltimore breaks through with 19-13 football victory

Smithson's running leads Parkway Classic win

High Schools

July 16, 2000|By Kevin B. Howell | Kevin B. Howell,SUN STAFF

The Baltimore football all-stars had something to prove against the Washington all-stars yesterday in the Baltimore-Washington Parkway Classic.

Last year's football team was clobbered by Washington, and Baltimore had yet to get a victory in the three other sports in this year's classic. But Baltimore's football squad avenged last year's loss and gave the home crowd something to cheer for with a 19-13 victory at Poly-Western High School.

Patterson running back Tony Smithson won offensive MVP for Baltimore and Walbrook's George Washington was the defensive MVP.

Howard Gilmore (Woodson) was offensive MVP for Washington; Dunbar's James Lynch won the defensive award.

Smithson carried the offensive load for Baltimore, rushing 16 times for 72 yards and the deciding touchdown.

"My line blocked hard; I've got to them credit," Smithson said. "I feel good about [winning MVP]. You only get one chance to play in these games so you have to perform."

Gilmore, who scored 18 points for Washington's basketball team Friday, had five receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown. He will play at Norfolk State in the fall.

After a solid first half with an efficient passing game, Washington turned the ball over three times in the second, allowing Baltimore to capitalize with two touchdowns.

After the teams exchanged turnovers at the beginning of the second half, All-Metro Player of the Year Raytron Leak capped a 71-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown to give Baltimore its first lead of the game, 13-12. The touchdown was set up by a 60-yard catch by Dunbar's Darryll Dorsey.

In the fourth, Edmondson's Justus Mcleod intercepted an Avery Bowden pass to put Baltimore in scoring position. After consecutive penalties, Smithson broke two big runs and added a short touchdown for the final lead.

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