Oakland Mills dispatches top seed, 47-16

Class 1A football

November 18, 2001|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Oakland Mills wouldn't have qualified for the Class 1A playoffs if not for Forest Park defeating Dunbar last weekend. The Scorpions didn't exactly show their gratitude to the Foresters last night.

The eighth-seeded Scorpions eliminated Forest Park, the No. 1 seed, 47-16, in a quarterfinal at Morgan State's Hughes Stadium.

Oakland Mills (7-4), which started the season 0-3, will travel to Boonsboro of Washington County for a Friday semifinal.

Maurice Shaw rushed for 97 yards and two touchdowns, and returned the game-opening kickoff 73 yards as the Scorpions built a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter.

"It was great, especially the play of our defense," said Shaw, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound senior. "Our offense needed to come out quick like it did and the defense held it. It was simple as that."

The Scorpions' leading rusher, Jason Barnes, was held to 51 yards and a touchdown but added four receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown.

Forest Park got a huge performance senior back Sheldon Campbell (155 rushing yards, 93 receiving yards) but was stymied by 175 yards in penalties.

Trailing 34-16 at halftime, Forest Park gained the second-half kickoff. After 24 plays - including five penalties - the Foresters fumbled at the Oakland Mills 1-yard line. The Scorpions blew the game open in the final quarter by turning two interceptions into touchdowns.

"We held the ball seven and a half minutes, and didn't score," said Forest Park coach Obie Barnes, who lost in the opening round for the fourth straight time. "Penalties every time. We got first down after first down just to be knocked back with penalties."

The Foresters allowed only 52 points during the regular season, winning eight straight to gain the 1A top seed.

"I thought the score early in the game was important," said Oakland Mills coach Ken Hovet, whose team lost in the 1A quarterfinals to Howard County rival Glenelg last season. "That took the edge off of nervousness and let us do some other things, and put them behind early on."

OM 15 19 0 13 - 47

FP 0 16 0 0 - 16

OM-Shaw 6 run (Speake pass from Braukus) OM-Shaw 29 run (Braukus kick) OM-Braukus 1 run (run failed) FP-Chambers 35 pass from Queen (Chambers run) OM-Pastor 1 run (Braukus kick) FP-Pressley 3 run (Burrell pass from Queen) OM-Barnes 3 run (pass failed) OM-Pastor 31 run (pass failed) OM-Barnes 18 pass from Braukus (Braukus kick)

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