Edmondson runs over Overlea

Five players rush for TDs as No. 6 Red Storm rolls into Class 2A North final

Edmondson 35 Overlea 7

Football

November 18, 2006|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun reporter

Overlea coach Keith Robinson had three words to describe Edmondson's running backs late in the first half of his Falcons' loss to the Red Storm: "They're darned fast."

After a 40-yard scoring run by Javier Morales gave the Falcons (7-4) a seven-point lead, the No. 6 Red Storm used five ball carriers to score as many touchdowns in last night's 35-7 Class 2A North Region semifinal victory at Poly.

The Red Storm (10-1) led, 8-7, at 7:14 of the first quarter after sophomore quarterback Carroll Washington scored on a 1-yard run and Sterling Jones ran for the two-point conversion. Their efforts, set up by Alge Berry's 80-yard kickoff return, began a run of 35 unanswered points in the Red Storm's eighth straight victory.

The scoring run included touchdown runs of 1, 3, 6 and 22 yards, respectively, by Alston Williams, Tariq Jones, Sterling Jones and James Fields.

"We don't want people to be able to key on one person," Red Storm coach Dante Jones said. "We have a lot of athletes, and we wanted to use them."

The Red Storm, which led 28-7 at halftime, generated nearly 250 rushing yards behind an offensive line rotation made up of Berry (6 feet 3, 185 pounds), Kareem Damon (6-2, 190), Anthony Rice (6-3, 185), Kyle Jackson (6-3, 225), Dujuan Smith (5-11, 265), Jerome Baskerville (6-1, 275), Rachard Douglass (6-0, 270), Johnathan Mason (6-3, 305) and Nicholaus Speller (6-5, 300).

"When we were down early, we never hung our heads," said Smith, who, like Baskerville, had a sack. "We knew we had the personnel to be able to move the ball on them."

Dionta Cox had an interception in a victory that sets up next week's regional title game against No. 10 Hereford (10-1), winner of its 10th straight game, 28-0, over Baltimore County rival Eastern Tech.

Since Baltimore City joined the state public school football playoffs in 1993, its teams have met those from Baltimore County in playoff games 19 times. The county leads the series, 11-8.

Hereford is 5-0 against the city in the playoffs, having beaten Edmondson (in 2002 and 2004), Forest Park (1998), City (2001) and Poly (2003) by a combined 174-29 with two shutouts.

The Bulls routed Edmondson, 35-8, in the state semifinals of 2002, and 35-0 in the first round in 2004 - seasons during which Hereford was state champion and runner-up, respectively.

"Every week, we just come out and play Red Storm football," said Dante Jones, who was an assistant to Pete Pompey during each of the seasons the Red Storm lost to the Bulls. "Next week's game won't be any different than any other."

lem.satterfield@baltsun.com

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