Forest Park rises with Carver's fall, 22-6

1A Foresters a step closer to getting top playoff spot with seventh straight win


High Schools

November 03, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Carver of Baltimore City has a reputation for beating area ranked teams, and came to 15th-ranked Forest Park yesterday looking for its third upset win of the season.

But Forest Park turned in perhaps its best all-around game of the season in a 22-6 victory - its seventh straight - improving the Foresters' chance of winning the Class 1A North Regional and earning one of the top four seeds in the playoffs.

"To beat a team like Carver this late in the season, that means we're climbing and getting better," said Forest Park coach Obie Barnes. "We were very worried, leading only 8-6 at halftime, because they have a nice running game and an excellent passing game."

Down 8-6 with 1:01 left in the third quarter, Carver's punter was tackled at his 24 after the ball was snapped over his head. Sheldon Campbell, who finished with 97 rushing yards, raced untouched into the end zone on the next play to make it 14-6.

The Foresters (8-1) led by the winning margin with 3:52 left, covering 51 yards in nine plays - the last play a 13-yard pass from Donte Queen to Durante Burelle. Queen's conversion pass to Earl Johnson made it 22-6.

Forest Park's initial scoring drive, which ended with Marcus Brown's 4-yard touchdown run and Campbell's conversion run, covered 66 yards in eight plays for an 8-0 lead with 10:07 left in the first half. But Carver struck quickly, getting Shawn Wooden's 49-yard touchdown pass to James Dyson (four receptions, 86 yards) that made it 8-6 with 9:43 left in the half.

The Bears (5-4) were in Foresters' territory twice more in the second quarter but came up empty. Wooden (6-for-13, 120 yards passing) threw incomplete on fourth-and-11 at the Forest Park 21, and had the ball stripped by Forest Park's David Bryant on a subsequent drive at the Foresters' 30.

"We practiced all week to put pressure on their quarterback and were successful, but could have been better," said Forest Park linebacker Timothy Tuck, who had a sack. "There was a lot of trash-talking all week between the teams, so this was personal."

Others playing well defensively for Forest Park were Damond Hall (sack). Claude Davenport (pass breakup) and Nick Waymon (interception).

"We allowed no rushing touchdowns, which is good," Hall said. "We had on our minds that if we won this game, we'd be regional champs."

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