Forest Park catches Southside

Down 12-0, Foresters clinch tie for league title with 22-18 win



November 05, 2006|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Reporter

Larry McNair said he wants to write a book about redemption. The defensive back-receiver was inspired by Forest Park's come-from-behind, 22-18 victory over Baltimore City Division II rival Southside yesterday at Poly.

After getting beaten by Richard Williams on a second-quarter, 79-yard scoring reception that helped the Jaguars (6-3, 5-2) build a 12-0 halftime lead, McNair (four receptions, 60 yards) made the game-winning, 23-yard touchdown catch from Kaashif Williams with 2:27 to play, then sealed the victory with his second interception of the game.

"I was so happy about scoring the touchdown that Coach [Obie Barnes] had to settle me down," said McNair, a junior. "I'm going to write a book about redemption. I'll start right now and, hopefully, add to it over the next five, 10 years."

John Alderman and Xavier Makell also scored for the Foresters (6-3, 6-1), whose sixth straight win clinched at least a tie for the league title with one regular-season game left, against Walbrook.

The victory also solidified Forest Park's berth in the Class 1A South region playoffs, earning Barnes, who's in his 30th year coaching Forest Park, his first city title since earning a share of the A Division crown in 1994.

"My halftime speech was pretty straightforward: You're not doing what you've been taught," said Barnes, 58. "We've suffered the loss of five starters to ineligibility, but the kids answered the call."

Ryan Singletary had two interceptions, Isaiah Nicholson recovered a muffed kickoff, and Devon Howard recovered a fumble as the Foresters ended a six-game winning streak by the Jaguars. Forest Park overcame a yeoman effort by Kevin Bowie, who passed for 109 yards and rushed for 104, including scores of 6 and 16 yards. Bowie's 6-yarder gave Southside an 18-14 lead with 7:36 left to play.

A.J. Cox had an interception, a sack and a recovery of a blocked punt, Justin Jackson blocked two punts, David Cowan recovered a blocked punt and disrupted two passes, and Tahja Edmonds had an interception for Southside, which still has a berth in the Class 1A South with a remaining game against Southwestern.

"It's a big disappointment," said coach Adrian Mobley, whose Jaguars still can win a share of the crown if Forest Park loses this week to Walbrook. "If that's the way the chips fall [Walbrook wins], then that's fine, but we've got to get ready for Southwestern and then the playoffs."

No. 9 Hereford 42, Milford Mill 7 -- Nick Narango had three receptions for 77 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 114 yards and another score as Hereford routed Baltimore County 2A-1A league rival Milford Mill. Nick Aiello threw a third scoring pass to Christian Pavik, who also had two interceptions. Nick DePaola and Lonnie Liggins also rushed for touchdowns in the eighth straight win by the Bulls (8-1, 8-0), who clinched at least a share of the league title before this week's game against visiting Eastern Tech (8-1, 7-1). The Bulls have clinched at least the No. 2 seed in the Class 2A North region playoffs. Regardless of next week's outcome, Hereford will meet Eastern Tech again in the first round of the 2A North playoffs. The top seed likely will be No. 7 Edmondson (8-1) of Baltimore City.

Overlea 41, Owings Mills 0 -- Defensive back Chris Duvall-Smith returned two interceptions for touchdowns as the host Falcons (6-3) routed the Eagles (0-9).

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