Bowie routs Patterson, 49-12

Edwards' 302 yards, 3 TDs end Clippers' season at 9-2

Class 4A football

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

Patterson questioned whether Bowie intentionally lost its regular-season finale to get an easier draw in the Class 4A state playoffs. The Clippers, who have struggled in previous postseasons, might have been motivated by the Prince George's County school looking down on them.

But it was Bowie who played the most inspired yesterday, racking up 42 first-half points en route to a 49-12 decision over the No. 13 Clippers at Morgan State's Hughes Stadium.

The Bulldogs (9-2), making their first postseason appearance since 1987, advances to a semifinal game at No. 4 Meade on Friday.

Bowie, ranked 21st in the state, scored on five of its six first-half possessions, leaving Patterson (9-2) with a running clock at the start of the second half.

"They're an excellent team and they played very well," said Patterson coach Roger Wrenn. "We knew they were big, strong, fast and talented."

Barrington Edwards, Bowie's 6-foot-1, 205-pound junior running back, overwhelmed the Clippers' defense by rushing for 302 yards and three touchdowns. Bowie outgained Patterson 370-174.

It was the third time a Prince George's County team ended the Clippers' postseason. Patterson lost to eventual state champion Eleanor Roosevelt in 1999 and to Northwestern in 1998.

Patterson, making its city-leading seventh state playoff appearance, scored on a 43-yard run by Antwoine Clayborne (10 carries, 73 yards) and a 4-yard jaunt by Brandon Williams.

"I'm happy we've made it this far," said senior running back/linebacker Jeffrey Smith. "Some from the city don't make it this far. It had to end some way, and it had to be today."

Said Wrenn: "It was a hard game for us to approach because we're very happy to be North region champs, to be city champions. We know we're probably a year away from being a real good team."

B 14 28 0 7 - 49

P 0 0 6 6 - 12

B-Edwards 14 run (pass failed) B-Wells 14 run (Edwards run) B-Holmes 9 run (Dively kick) B-Edwards 82 run (Dively kick) B-Edwards 6 run (Dively kick) B-Wills 24 interception return (Dively kick) P-Clayborne 43 run (pass failed) P-Williams 2 run (pass failed) B-Scruggs 1 run (Dively kick)

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