Defensive City shuts out Patterson

Knights rebound from loss as Pulley scores two TDs

Football

High Schools

October 05, 2002|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

If the City football team had any concerns about a repeat of last week's error-filled performance, its opening drive against Patterson yesterday provided all the proof the Knights would need. City used more than nine minutes in scoring the game's first touchdown.

The drive was the precursor to host City's dominance as it shut out the previously unbeaten and No. 9 Clippers, 14-0, in a Baltimore City nonconference matchup. The Knights (4-1) rebounded from a 10-0 loss to Lake Clifton in which they fumbled five times, committed four interceptions and mishandled a punt snap.

"The first thing we hoped for [was] that it was all out of our system," said City coach George Petrides. "I don't think they thought doing that against Lake Clifton would change the result of the game, but it will, no matter who you play. They realized they had to play a perfect game against Patterson."

The Knights, winners of 14 of their past 15 regular-season games, were nearly flawless in every aspect. They doubled Patterson in total yards (180-72) and time of possession (31:17-16:43). City had three fumbles, recovering all of them while Patterson had two turnovers.

The Clippers (4-1), averaging more than 42 points in their first four games, crossed City's side of the field once. Senior defensive back Terrance Spriggs led the Knights with seven tackles and a sack. Durant Cephers had six tackles, Terrell Lyles and Robert Capers had a sack and Jamaal Parker recovered an onside kick.

"The defense played great. We knew if their offense stayed on the field, the defense would do their thing," said junior defensive linemen Cortez Haley-Grimes. "Everybody just played hard, we know anytime we play Patterson it's going to be a grueling game."

Senior fullback Kevin Pulley rushed 21 times for 104 yards and two touchdowns for the Knights. He sealed the victory with a 15-yard run with 1:50 remaining, capping a nine-play, 48-yard drive. Brandon Walker caught a 23-yard pass from quarterback Emmanuel Davis on third down-and-12 to keep the drive going.

The Knights also were determined from the opening kickoff. They ran the ball 17 times during a 19-play, 74-yard drive that took 9:19. Davis converted a fourth-and-one with a 3-yard run, then threw a quick out to sophomore Jacques Leeds on fourth-and-two.

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