Price, W.E.B. DuBois beat Sparrows Point

Sophomore scores TD in 7-6 win that clinches 1A South playoff berth

Football

High Schools

November 02, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

In the years to come, Antoine Price can boast of having helped put W.E.B. DuBois' football program on the map.

The sophomore rushed for a 73-yard touchdown yesterday and keyed the defense in a come-from-behind, 7-6 victory at Sparrows Point that clinched a Class 1A South region playoff berth for the second-year varsity program out of Baltimore City.

"Making the playoffs was our goal from the start," said Price, whose team was 3-7 last season.

The Panthers (6-2) ended a two-game winning streak by the Pointers (3-5), who, for the first time this season, prevented versatile Marcus Parham from passing or rushing for a touchdown, or scoring a defensive touchdown.

Matt Rose had a fumble recovery and a sack, Walter Knisely and Even Pritchett had sacks, and Shawn Fulton, a fumble recovery as the Pointers twice stopped the Panthers inside the 10.

"That kid's a shifty player, tough to tackle," Pointers coach Eric Webber said of Parham, who had both a rushing and passing score disallowed because of holding penalties.

Parham has run for 1,078 yards and seven touchdowns, thrown for 624 yards and nine scores, taken three of his eight interceptions into the end zone, and gone the distance for scores with both fumble recoveries.

Parham had one of his best games in a 20-14 win at Centennial of Howard County, a recent 30-28 loser to fifth-ranked River Hill. In that game, Parham rushed for 120 yards and a score, returned a fumble 90 yards for another touchdown and grabbed two interceptions.

Yesterday, however, Parham netted 40 rushing yards after being sacked six times, and completed just four of 11 passes for 54 yards. "They keyed on me the whole game," said Parham. "But I'm not a one-man team."

Most eyes were on Parham when Price (106 yards, seven carries) sprinted through a hole he said was created by Greg Price (no relation to Antoine) and Lamar Ballard. After a 23-yard gain, Price shed two defenders and juked another before racing untouched the remaining 50 yards to the end zone. Eric Hammond's extra point kick made it 7-6.

"It was the break we needed," Antoine Price said. "I knew our defense would hold up."

The Panthers' defense had allowed John McDowell to rush for 60 of his 66 yards in the first half, including a 9-yard scoring run 36 seconds before the second quarter.

After that, Parham, Antoine Price, William Donaldson, Jose Figueroa and Marcus Catlett helped hold the Pointers to 147 yards, all rushing.

"Their coaching staff did an excellent job preparing their team. It seemed they knew every play I called for our guys," said Panthers coach Dante Carter. "But our kids played with a lot of passion."

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