Patient Bowie runs by Meade late, reaches state final, 10-6

Edwards' 55-yard TD in 4th ends hosts' record season

Class 4A football

High Schools

November 24, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

It was patience 10, impatience 6 last night in the state Class 4A football semifinal at Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County.

More exactly, it was Bowie 10 and Meade 6 in a hard-fought, hard-hitting game that denied host Meade its first appearance in a state final.

Instead, the visiting Bulldogs (10-2) from Prince George's County will be in their first state championship game since 1976 next weekend at Maryland's Byrd Stadium. Bowie will face the winner of today's 1 p.m. Gaithersburg (8-2) at Eleanor Roosevelt (11-0) game.

Bowie played with the virtue of patience on its side last night while impatience proved to be the enemy of Meade (10-2).

"We played hard, but they were more focused because we were arguing with each other at the beginning of the game," said Meade's all-purpose two-way performer and game-breaker, Rodney Jackson.

"We kept messing up and kept getting on each other. We had not done that all year."

Down 6-3 with 6:01 remaining, Bowie coach Scott Chadwick called the No. 32 of Barrington Edwards for the 23rd time in the game and the junior running back ripped off his longest run of the night. Edwards raced 55 yards for the game-winner to stun the Mustangs and their fans.

"We were patient running the ball, and I told Barrington that we're going to put the ball in your hands," said Chadwick, who called for a toss sweep to Edwards.

Edwards finished with 166 yards on 23 carries to become the Bulldogs' first back to go over 2,000 yards in a season (2,016), and the touchdown was his school-record 24th.

"Our guys played a heck of a game, and it feels great. We've gone from nothing to the greatest," Edwards said of Bowie's first playoff appearance since 1987.

On the other side, Meade relied on the big play all season in setting a school record for wins. Normally the big plays produced touchdowns, but not last night.

In the second period the Mustangs reached the Bowie 23 but an interception by Aaron Montgomery ended the drive. They they reached the Bowie 30 after a partially blocked punt by Travon Jolley but ended up punting the ball after a three-and-out. An interception before halftime thwarted another drive.

Playing in their third state semifinal and first since 1995, the Mustangs' night had started on a negative note.

Four-year quarterback Antwan Smith was benched for the first period because of undisclosed disciplinary reasons. Smith gave way to Elmer Jenkins and the Mustangs ended up being shut out in the first half.

However, Smith was allowed to punt and play defensive back and his first punt went straight up in the air for a 1-yard gain to the Meade 31. Nine plays later, Dan Dively booted a 26-yard field goal to give Bowie a 3-0 lead in the first quarter.

The three points stood up until the second half when Ronald Robinson knocked the ball out of the hands of Bowie quarterback Jay Scruggs and defensive end Jolley scooped it up and dashed 61 yards to the Bowie 16.

Smith took it in from the 13 on a fourth-and-eight play by breaking through would-be tacklers up the middle after dropping back to pass. The conversion failed and it was 6-3 Meade in the third quarter.

"Smith not playing the first period was a disciplinary thing and we're here to teach these kids," said Meade's third-year coach, Kenny Gray.

"His sitting out the first period did not have an effect on the game. It was a heckuva football game and we were right there at the end. I'm proud of our kids."

Led by blue-chip linebacker Reggie Holmes, who is 6 feet 3 and 245 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.6 seconds, the Bulldogs closed the door on Meade's record season.

Bowie 3 0 0 7 - 10

Meade 0 0 6 0 - 6

B-Dively 26 FG

M-Smith 13 run (run failed)

B-Edwards 55 run (Dively kick)

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