Forest Park awakens, defeats Dunbar

Kicked out of practice day earlier, Foresters play sharp in 44-6 win


High Schools

November 10, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Forest Park football coach Obie Barnes didn't like the way his team practiced Thursday afternoon, and let his players know it.

"I kicked them out of practice. They weren't focused or working hard," Barnes said.

His tough stance worked, judging by yesterday's 44-6 rout of visiting Dunbar. The 14th-ranked Foresters (9-1) dominated the Poets (6-4) on both sides of the ball, and seriously damaged their Class 1A playoff hopes.

"They were quiet, totally serious today," Barnes said.

Earl Johnson had four receptions for 137 yards and three touchdowns and kicked a 27-yard field goal and an extra point, and Sheldon Campbell rushed for 100 yards and his 20th and 21st touchdowns in the Foresters' ninth straight victory.

"Coach told us if we worked we'd get it done," Johnson said. "And today was just my day."

Forest Park had 350 total yards - including 215 rushing - and the defense held Dunbar to 8 total yards. Timothy Tuck recorded three sacks and a fumble recovery, Damond Hall had two sacks and Claude Davenport a sack and a fumble recovery for the Foresters.

"We have a lot of fast guys on defense, and we took all of their power out of them," said defensive coordinator Joshua Austin. "We have a real good defense, tough. We dominated this game."

How impressive was the Foresters' defense? Dunbar running back Eric Valentine came in with 1,173 rushing yards. Last night, he was held to 25 yards.

Quarterback Byron Selby came in with 1,171 passing yards for seven scores. Last night, he was 1-for-3 passing for 5 yards and was sacked five times for minus-49 yards.

Receiver Herman Hayes came in with 29 receptions for 632 yards and five touchdowns. Last night, he didn't catch a ball, and a pass intended for him on a halfback option was intercepted.

Forest Park's defense has not allowed a rushing touchdown this season.

"We knew we could shut down their rush, but we had to shut down their QB," Hall said. "We came out and gave our all."

Campbell's scores of 46 and 2 yards put the Foresters up 14-0. Johnson's field goal with no time left in the first half made it 17-0.

Johnson scored the next two touchdowns on option passes of 53 and 25 yards from Durante Burrell and Robert Green. Donte Queen's conversion pass to Ayinde DeLeon made it 31-0. The Poets scored on a 90-yard kickoff return from Brandon Ross as the third quarter ended. A 2-yard run by Marcus Brown, followed by Johnson's 15-yard reception from Green, ended the scoring.

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