Irby's 302 rush yards lift Dunbar to victory

Poets top Poolesville, 30-22, in Class 1A South final

Woodlawn wins 4A North

Football playoffs

High Schools

November 23, 2003|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Shortly after completing a touchdown drive late in the third quarter of yesterday's Class 1A South region final game, Dunbar's entire offensive line made its way to the bench, covering just about every inch for a brief rest.

When running back Nathan Irby made his way over, the group quickly made sure to find some room. Fitting, that's how things went on the field at City College, too, against Poolesville from Montgomery County.

Irby carried the ball 39 times for 302 yards and two touchdowns before quarterback Earl Chaptman and wide receiver Barry Jenifer took care of the rest in the game's final minute.

Chaptman found Jenifer in the right corner of the end zone for a 25-yard touchdown with 23 seconds left that gave the No. 15 Poets a 30-22 win that sends them to next week's state semifinals against Joppatowne.

After Poolesville (11-1) tied the game at 22 with 4:21 left, the Poets called Irby's number seven straight times to reach the 25 before Chaptman found Jenifer on a fade route for the game-winning score.

"It felt good and I'm just glad I caught it. Coach [Ben Eaton] said we were going to throw it up to me. I just went up and got it," Jenifer said.

Class 4A North final

No. 3 Woodlawn 20, No. 11 Patterson 14: Lenard Leslie rushed for one touchdown, made an interception to set up a scoring pass to his twin brother, Lewan, and teammate Justin Ross was 10-for-15 for 232 yards and two touchdowns as the host Warriors (11-1) won their 10th straight game, beating the Clippers (9-3).

The victory ended an eight-game winning streak by Patterson and gave Woodlawn the Class 4A North regional crown and its ninth state semifinal berth. The Warriors will play at No. 2 Broadneck (12-0) on Friday night.

Patterson was within striking distance in the final 1:40 after recovering a fumble at Woodlawn's 47. But after driving to the Warriors' 4-yard line, Charles Coughman's fourth-down pass -- with no time left -- fell shy of a diving Orlando Webb at the 2.

Class 2A South final

Potomac 26, No. 6 Glenelg 21: Senior quarterback Harold Dorman passed for 286 yards and accounted for all four Wolverines touchdowns, as host Potomac (11-1), from Prince George's County, downed the Gladiators (10-2).

The Wolverines will play the area's No. 1 team, unbeaten Eastern Tech (12-0), in a state semifinal game Friday night at CCBC-Essex. Glenelg refused to go quietly after falling behind twice by two touchdowns, but wasn't able to capitalize on two possessions in the final seven minutes of regulation.

Senior Joe Blodgett scored two touchdowns -- a 98-yard kickoff return and a 27-yard catch in the final quarter.

Lem Satterfield and Derek Toney contributed to this article.

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