Cauley, Patuxent top Annapolis, 29-17

Class 3A football

High schools

November 17, 2001|By Michael Galligan | Michael Galligan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

LUSBY - Annapolis had chances, but it was its inability to stop Patuxent running back Terry Cauley that led to a 29-17 loss in the first round of the Class 3A football playoffs.

Cauley gained 304 yards on 25 carries, including 189 in the third quarter, when Patuxent opened up a 19-7 lead. Cauley scored on a 49-yard run on the second play of the second half.

After a 2-yard Eric Venerable touchdown run had narrowed the Patuxent lead to 13-7, Cauley went 76 yards on the first play from scrimmage.

"There is no doubt that number one [Cauley] was the difference," Annapolis coach Roy Brown said. "He was shaking and baking, hitting the seams and he was the fastest back we've seen. He's a runner who has football speed. We have quick backs, and he ran away from them."

Patuxent shut down the high-powered Annapolis running game so the Panthers went to the air. At one point in the second half, quarterback Devon Watkins was 8-for-8 for 111 yards.

Annapolis had one final shot when Demario Harris returned a punt 34 yards to the Patuxent 30-yard line with 1:38 left. The threat ended when Chad Wallace intercepted Larry Beaver's pass.

A 0 0 13 6 - 19

P 7 0 12 8 - 27

P-Cauley 2 run (Payne kick)

P-Cauley 49 run (kick failed)

A-Venerable 2 run (Macknis kick)

P-Cauley 76 run (pass failed)

A-Watkins 10 run (kick failed)

P-Wallace 1 run (Lankford run)

A-Venerable 14 run (run failed)

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