Gwynn Park's big plays outdo Wilde Lake's big defense, 28-14

Unable to run, Jackets still walk off victorious

Football

High Schools

October 26, 2003|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

In a game of big plays by Gwynn Park, crucial mistakes by Wilde Lake and stifling run defense by both teams, the Yellow Jackets of Prince George's County rallied with a 15-point fourth quarter to spoil Wilde Lakes homecoming yesterday, defeating the No. 8 Wildecats, 28-14.

The game was a potential preview of a Class 3A East region matchup. Undefeated Gwynn Park (8-0), ranked No. 9 by The Washington Post, started the day as the No. 2-rated team in the region. Wilde Lake was No. 3. The Wildecats have two more games against Hammond and Mount Hebron.

Wilde Lake (6-2) stopped Gwynn Parks rushing attack, but the Yellow Jackets scored on two long touchdown passes and a blocked punt, and the margin could have been wider: Three potential scoring passes by Gwynn Park quarterback LaMar Hyson were dropped.

"[The Yellow Jackets] are really good, played a little harder than us and capitalized on their chances," said Wilde Lake quarterback Chris Forrest, who, operating sometimes from a shotgun formation, rushed for a team-high 58 yards on 14 carries. He was 2-for-7 passing for 29 yards and one touchdown.

"Our defense played well and stuffed their run, and that kept us in the game," Forrest said.

"But we had a few mistakes. You cant pin the loss on one person. If we play them again well be ready for them."

Forrest got Wilde Lake a 7-0 lead by hitting Gabe Ross down the middle on an 18-yard play- action pass with 18 seconds left in the first quarter.

Gwynn Park answered on its next possession. A 59-yard touchdown pass from Hyson to Anthony Herbin tied the score at 7-7 on the first play of the second quarter.

William Daniels blocked Wilde Lakes punt on the next possession, and Jahari Gunthorpe recovered and ran it in for a touchdown. Gwynn Park missed the extra-point attempt, leaving the score 13-6.

Wilde Lake drove to Gwynn Parks 27-yard line late in the second quarter and had a chance to close the gap before halftime, but a high snap from the shotgun was recovered by the Yellow Jackets.

Early in the third quarter, Gwynn Park muffed a punt, and the Wildecats Nate Yarborough recovered the ball at the 11. He ran it into the end zone, but the touchdown wasn't allowed because the Gwynn Park punt returner never had possession before losing the ball - a situation called a muff.

After having a touchdown pass called back for illegal procedure, Wilde Lake eventually scored on a 16-yard run by Forrest on fourth down. He rolled out right and gave a great pass fake to freeze the defense. John Trinary's kick gave Wilde Lake a 14-13 lead with 8:18 left in the third quarter.

Gwynn Park went ahead 21-14 with 6:58 left in the game on a 73-yard touchdown pass from Hyson to Lamar Blake down the right sideline and a two-point conversion run from William Little. Hyson was tackled hard by Antowan Davis a split second after releasing the touchdown pass.

"One more second and it was a sack or a fumble," Hyson said. "We just ran the right plays. They had speed and talent, but them not covering our receivers was the difference in the game."

Hyson was 3-for-12 for 156 yards and two touchdowns.

Regis Austin and DeAndre Wright each had 37 yards rushing as the Yellow Jackets top runners.

"We laid the wood on them," said Wilde Lake defensive end Shawn Frederick, who also played offensive guard. "We played a really good game, but just shot ourselves in the foot a few times."

Gwynn Park, which never ran more than five consecutive offensive plays, added a final touchdown with 2:42 to play on a 7-yard sweep by Wright.

"You hate to lose homecoming, but you have to face a playoff-caliber team like this during the regular season if you want to win the playoffs," said Wilde Lake coach Doug DuVall. "We played hard, but they can throw that long ball."

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