City rallies to 18-13 win

Down 13, QB Manigo leads comeback over Patterson


High Schools

October 06, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

City quarterback Lamar Manigo had never played against Patterson until last night. Because a broken collarbone and a broken wrist ended his past two seasons, the senior hadn't even gotten to the third game of either year.

With help from a defense that shut down the Clippers' running attack in the second half, Manigo rallied the Knights from a 13-0 halftime deficit to an 18-13 victory in an interdivisional Baltimore City game.

"Once we got our first touchdown, I knew we were back in it. It gave us the total momentum," said Manigo, who was 6-for-8 passing for 106 yards and a touchdown.

He credited the victory to his defense, which limited Patterson to 51 yards in the second half. "First time playing Patterson, I'm so happy, I can't believe it," Manigo said. "After the last two seasons, I just wanted to come out and help my team."

The Clippers (4-1) racked up 144 yards in the first half, taking a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on 39-yard option pass from Brandon Williams to Muhammad Williams. It was 13-0 with 2:01 left in the first half after Antwoine Clayborne's 5-yard scoring run capped an 80-yard drive that consumed seven minutes.

But with 11 second left in the first half, Manigo completed a 16-yard pass to Phillip Harris in the left corner of the end zone. The play capped a 64-yard drive that included Johan Owens' three carries for 36 yards and Owens' 14-yard reception.

The Knights (5-0) were within 13-12 with 10:14 left to play after Owens' 3-yard run finished off an 80-yard drive. Manigo's 30-yard pass to Harris set up the score.

With 7:59 to play, 5-foot-7 running back Brandon Hardy scored the game-winning touchdown from 7 yards - this after Manigo had scampered 11 yards on the previous play. The series was set up by a fumble recovery by Bruce Elsezy at Patterson's 23-yard line.

Elsezy and Hardy led the Clippers' defense with 10 tackles each. And Durant Cephers had a sack, a fumble recovery and six tackles.

But Clayborne, who had 86 yards in the first half, was held to minus-4 yards in the second. Jeffrey Smith had 58 yards in the first half and finished with 85.

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