Patterson, Woodlawn meet in Baltimore classic

Bragging rights on line

Swanson No. 3 in offense

Football notebook

High Schools

November 17, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

When No. 13 Patterson visits third-ranked Woodlawn next weekend for the Class 4A North Region crown, bragging rights as the best team in the Baltimore area will be on the line.

Patterson (9-2) of Baltimore City is riding an eight-game winning streak that includes six shutouts. Woodlawn (10-1) of Baltimore County, winner of nine straight games, earned its fourth shutout of the season with Saturday's 47-0 rout of Baltimore City's Division II champion Lake Clifton (6-3).

The game will mark the 11th time a city team has met a county team in the playoffs since Baltimore City public schools joined the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association in 1993.

With Hereford's 20-13 win over Poly on Saturday, the county raised its series lead to 6-4.

Patterson romped past county school Perry Hall (7-4) in an eventual 38-15 victory on Saturday, with the Clippers' Thomas Smith gaining 188 yards and scoring his 26th, 27th and 28th touchdowns.

Smith (6 feet 1, 217 pounds), who also plays linebacker, will take 1,635 rushing yards against Woodlawn's Maryland-bound two-way lineman Scott Burley (6-6, 320).

Making his mark

With his 251 passing yards for four touchdowns, and 86 rushing yards for two more scores in Friday's 48-14 Class 2A West Region semifinal win over Walkersville, South Carroll's T.J. Swanson moved into third place on the state's all-time total offense list, according to Sheldon Shealer, Maryland's official high school historian.

Swanson (6-3, 210) has passed for 2,144 yards and 25 touchdowns, and rushed for 613 yards and 12 scores for a combined 2,757 yards that rank third behind Keith Ricca (3,394 yards) of St. John's at Prospect Hall and North County's Mike Evans (2,996).

Swanson leads the Cavaliers (10-1) into Friday night's regional title game against North Hagerstown (11-0), which, like South Carroll, is coming off its first state playoff win.

Ricca's season ended last week at 7-3, and Evans graduated in 1997. Swanson has a shot at two more games - the state semifinal and final - to gain the 637 yards that separate him from No. 1.

Seventh heaven

Seven third-year players sparked Broadneck's 17-14 win over Anne Arundel County rival Arundel (7-4) in a Class 4A East Region semifinal Friday.

Chris Desautels hit a 39-yard field goal, his league-record 11th of the year; Eshawn Jones had a 25-yard scoring reception; Jordan Sokel made a key catch to sustain a drive; and Andrew Holland intercepted a pass in the end zone. Other third-year players who stood out were Division I center prospect Ben Gabbard, Tim Fair and Nick Weidmann.

"That nucleus is helping us get through some tough situations," said coach Jeff Herrick (103-54 in 15 seasons), the eighth county coach to win 100 games. "Kyle [Bloomfield] deflected the pass and [Holland] got it and took a knee [for a touchback]. That's the kind of thing experienced players do."

Broadneck tied the school record for most wins in a season, and with a victory over Charles County's Thomas Stone (9-2) on Friday could tie Annapolis (12-0 state champion in '78) for wins without a loss by a county team.

Family ties

It will be a family affair when Joppatowne and Havre de Grace meet in Friday's Class 1A North Region final.

Havre de Grace coach Johnny Brooks has both a defensive end nephew, Kenny Watson, and a lineman cousin, Jeffrey Shivers, on his roster, as well as a nephew and a cousin on Joppatowne's roster.

Brooks' 12th-ranked Warriors (9-1) routed Elkton, 38-13, Friday night to earn the rematch with Joppatowne (5-5). Joppatowne lost to Havre de Grace in the regular season, 34-14, after leading 14-0.

Havre de Grace has to overcome injuries to tailback Mike Perez (1,092 rushing yards), who has played sparingly on a sprained ankle, and fullbacks Wayne Jackson (out with a broken collarbone) and Joe Kreush (questionable with a shoulder injury).

Sun staff writers Jeff Zrebiec and Pat O'Malley contributed to this article.

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