Townes carries No. 2 City in rout

Senior scores 3 TDs in 34-0 win over Mervo

November 19, 2006|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,Special to The Sun

City senior Earl Townes likes to play defense more than he does offense, but he didn't waste any time getting the Black Knights' offense going yesterday in the state Class 3A North region playoffs at Poly.

Townes, who ran 16 times for 140 yards and three touchdowns, scored on a 61-yard run on top-seeded City's first play from scrimmage en route to a 34-0 victory over fourth-seeded Mervo (6-5).

No. 2 City (11-0) advanced to next weekend's regional championship against Franklin at Poly.

"He's an exceptional linebacker and he was our fullback earlier in the season," Knights coach George Petrides said. "When [Dominick] Roseborough got hurt in the Patterson game [on Oct. 13], we put him in at tailback. He had three runs of over 60 yards each, and he's been in there ever since."

After a Mervo punt, City took over at its own 39-yard line with 9:58 left in the first half. On the first play, Townes ran to the right between the guard and tackle and took off down the sideline for an 8-0 lead, after the two-point conversion, just 2:13 into the game.

On Mervo's next series, quarterback Chris Hardy threw behind the line of scrimmage to receiver Terry Blandon at the Mustangs' 11-yard line. Blandon was hit by a City defender as he caught the ball, and the ball was picked out of the air by Roseborough, who ran untouched into the end zone to give City a 16-0 lead after another two-point conversion.

Meanwhile, City's defense was doing a job on the Mustangs. Mervo finished the first half with minus-38 yards of total offense.

The Knights added touchdowns by Townes and Gregory Valentine to build a 28-0 lead (both two-point conversions failed) in the third quarter and put the game out of reach.

The City defense finished with its eighth shutout of the season.

"We were our own worst enemy today," said Mervo's Jonathan Goldston, who had an interception, a fumble recovery and a 48-yard reception. "We killed ourselves with penalties."

Staff reports contributed to this article.

Class 1A North

No. 12 New Town 22, Sparrows Point 0 -- Trent Parham had three sacks, giving him 11 this season, in the sixth straight win and seventh shutout for the host Titans (9-1). New Town got two rushing scores from Terrance Macer, one from Tony Savage and a two-point conversion run from Tyrone McCaffity. New Town meets Havre de Grace in Saturday's title game at Woodlawn at 1 p.m.

Class 1A South

Forestville 46, Forest Park 8 -- The lone bright spot for the visiting Foresters (7-4) came in the fourth quarter when junior Xavier Makell ran back a kick 91 yards to the Knights' 2-yard line. On the next play, Makell scored, then converted the two-point rush.

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