Shanklin puts on show in Parkway

Passing, quickness lead D.C. team over Baltimore in football matchup, 28-6

July 14, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

At 6 feet, 200 pounds, Ballou High's Lincoln Shanklin is undersized as a college quarterback prospect.

But in leading a contingent of seniors from Washington's public schools to yesterday's 28-6 victory over a Baltimore team in the fourth annual Parkway Football Classic at Poly High, Shanklin displayed his 4.4-second 40-yard-dash speed, elusiveness under pressure and ability to deliver a pass on the run -- skills that earned him more than a few interviews with recruiters after the game.

He converted 14 of 19 passes for 188 yards, two for touchdowns of 10 and 40 yards, and rushed for Washington's initial touchdown on fourth-and-goal from 1 yard. His run completed Washington's first drive of the game, which covered 75 yards in 14 plays and included Shanklin's 5-for-6 passing for 65 yards.

"I'm not signed with a college yet, so I wanted a few coaches to see that I can play so I can get in school," said the quarterback, who had two passes dropped inside the 10-yard line and another, a 37-yarder, caught but fumbled at Baltimore's 4.

"I wanted to show the scouts that, even though I'm not 6-foot-5, I can play quarterback on the college level."

Clarence Young of Dunbar scored Baltimore's only touchdown on a 9-yard run and was named offensive MVP for his team. Mervo's Chris Kane, who finished with 13 tackles -- four for lost yardage -- and a sack, earned defensive MVP honors for Baltimore.

Washington leads the series, 3-1.

Like many of the players who participated, Kane saw yesterday's game as an opportunity to impress college recruiters. Kane is still trying to become a full qualifier.

"I tried to spark us off with a big hit because D.C. blew us out last year," said Kane, who leveled a Washington running back with a blistering hit on his first tackle of the game. "But they got us with their quarterback. He's undersized, but he definitely had the speed and a strong arm."

After forcing Baltimore to punt, Washington had its first possession of the game at its 25-yard line. That presented Shanklin with his opportunity to set the tone.

During the scoring drive, he completed tosses of 16, 17 and 22 yards on third-and-six, third-and-seven and third-and-14, respectively -- all for first downs -- to Marcel Ward (five receptions, 53 yards), John Boyd and Antonio Pixley.

After Shanklin's pass to Pixley, which gave Washington the ball on Baltimore's 21-yard line, the visitors moved to the 10 on two running plays. Shanklin then followed an 8-yard bootleg with a 1-yard scoring run two plays later to give his team a 6-0 lead with 2:47 left in the first period.

Washington made it 14-0 at 9:01 of the third period when Shanklin's play-action, 40-yard strike -- on third-and-five -- found Kevin Scott (three receptions, 80 yards) behind his defender at the 10-yard line.

Scott raced the remaining distance unhindered, and 6-1, 245-pound James Singletary then went in on the first of his two conversion runs.

Shanklin's final touchdown pass -- a 10-yarder on fourth-and-five to Pixley -- made it 22-6 with 4:50 to play.

Baltimore coach Ron Frierson lamented Washington's combination of Shanklin and Singletary, who bulled his way for most of his 68 yards in the second half.

"We were in the game when we scored to make it 14-6, but they used their big boy and ran over us," Frierson said. "And, of course, they had a really fine quarterback."

Washington 6 0 8 14 -- 28

Baltimore 0 0 6 0 -- 6

W--Shanklin 1 run (run failed)

W--Scott 40 pass from Shanklin (Singletary run)

B--Young 9 run (run failed)

W--Pixley 10 pass from Shanklin (Singletary run)

W--Pointer 5 run (run failed)

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