Smith's talent show helps Patterson to 30-6 romp

Edmondson can't cope with senior, Clippers


November 08, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Patterson's Thomas Smith was again at his versatile best in yesterday's 30-6 Baltimore City League Division I rout at Edmondson.

The senior running back/linebacker rushed for his first touchdown from 37 yards on the Clippers' first offensive play, returned a fumble 25 yards to set up a 4-yard pass from Charles Coughman to Terrence Woodard, and set up his 1-yard scoring run by throwing a 26-yard option pass to Orlando Webb as the Clippers (8-2 overall, 7-2 league) took a 22-0, first-quarter lead.

Coughman also ran for a pair of two-point conversions and threw a 7-yard scoring pass to Jason Sharnas in the victory, which solidified 15th-ranked Patterson's hold on the No. 2 seed for next weekend's Class 4A North regional playoffs, and eliminated Edmondson (6-4, 5-4) from the race for a Class 2A North region playoff berth.

Smith, who also ran for a two-point conversion, has run for 25 touchdowns.

DeShawn Barrett caused a fumble and knocked down a pass, and Corie Williams recovered a fumble in the win, which also brought Patterson's Roger Wrenn (214-93-2) even with Edmondson coach Pete Pompey (214-90-1) in career victories.

They are the city's two winningest coaches.

Barrett was playing in his first game since being ruled academically ineligible for the season by city school officials, who also forced Patterson to forfeit victories over Dunbar (22-0) and Poly (24-6) because Barrett participated in them.

But an attorney, Allan Steinhorn, acting on behalf of Barrett, last Friday obtained a court-ordered, 10-day injunction from Baltimore City court judge John P. Miller that allowed the 6-foot-1, 210-pound junior to play yesterday.

"I missed six games and I'm glad to be back," said Barrett, whose academic ineligibility last winter forced him to miss the city wrestling tournament.

Before going to court to obtain a second 10-day injunction, Steinhorn said Patterson principal Laura D'Anna was informed by city school officials that Barrett could not play yesterday - at the risk of forfeiting a third game - because he had not practiced for 10 consecutive days.

But in addition to granting Barrett a second 10-day reprieve, Miller also ruled that the player, having received a physical earlier in the week, could play without retribution from the city school board.

Miller's decision does not affect the forfeits, Steinhorn said.

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