One-minute offense rallies City

3 TDs in 1:09 lift Knights past Edmondson, 24-14

High Schools

November 01, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

City lost twice to Edmondson last year, and for a while yesterday it appeared the visiting Red Storm would make it three in a row.

But the Knights took just more than a minute to score three of four final-quarter touchdowns to erase a 14-point deficit and claim a 24-14 victory over the defending champion in Baltimore City League Division I play.

The win kept alive postseason playoff hopes for the Knights (7-2, 6-2) and gives them momentum heading into next week's annual showdown with Poly at M&T Bank Stadium. Edmondson (6-3, 5-3) is virtually eliminated heading into its regular-season finale against Patterson.

"At halftime, we all felt that we could come back on these guys," said Erik Johnson, who caught a game-winning, 27-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-11 from senior Emmanuel Davis with 5:56 to play. "Nobody was cocky; we just knew we would win."

But Davis didn't find Johnson, who had beaten double coverage, until after getting sacked for a 1-yard loss, overthrowing a wide-open Johnson at the Edmondson 10 and watching Damon Jackson drop a ball in the end zone that hit him squarely in the chest.

"The passes were open all day -- I just had to get the ball to my receivers," said Davis. "Man, that was a heck of a game to be involved in."

Edmondson had used the power running of All-Metro Mark Hicks (160 yards) to set up a 3-yard run by quarterback Shawn Logan in the first quarter, and Hicks' 10-yard run -- followed by his conversion run -- for a 14-0 lead with 9:14 left in the third period.

Then Jackson gave the Knights their first points with 7:05 to play, his 16-yard scoring run ending an eight-play, 65-yard drive. "People had counted us out after losing to Patterson," Jackson said. "But today, we knew we could do this."

Edmondson's returner mishandled the ensuing kickoff, which was recovered by junior Justin Scott after the ball rolled back to the Red Storm 3-yard line. On the next play, with 6:55 on the clock, Brandon Walker's run brought the Knights within 14-12.

That set the stage for City's junior kicker Eddie Dyer Jr. Dyer's squib kick got past several Edmondson players and was recovered at the Red Storm 26-yard line. After the three plays with no progress, Davis connected with Johnson for the game-winning score.

"It's disappointing," said Hicks, a senior. "But we gave it our all."

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