Edmondson solves Hereford

Red Storm avenges playoff routs in '02 and '04

Edmondson 37 Hereford 17

November 25, 2006|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun reporter

Asked what last night's 37-17 Class 2A North Region title game rout of three-time state champion Hereford meant to his program, Edmondson coach Dante Jones didn't mince words.

"This was huge," said Jones, whose fifth-ranked Red Storm (11-1) ended a five-game winless streak by Baltimore City teams against the Bulls, who routed Edmondson by a combined 70-8 in playoff games in 2002 and 2004, the latter being the final season for legendary coach Pete Pompey.

"This goes all the way back to Coach Pete when we came up against them and didn't get it done." Jones said. "Hereford's got a great team, and the kids were aware of their tradition. This was our time."

Sophomore quarterback Carroll Washington's sixth rushing touchdown of the season, from 34 yards, gave the Red Storm an early 8-0 lead, and he threw scoring passes of 62 and 63 yards to Ralph Todd and Kareem Damon.

Washington also set up a 10-yard touchdown run by Tariq Jones (152 rushing yards) by completing a third-and-27 pass of 28 yards to Darrin Johnson, who landed at the Bulls' 17-yard line.

Sterling Jones rushed for a pair of two-point conversion runs behind an offensive line of Nicholaus Speller, Dujuan Smith, Johnathan Mason, Darrius Morris and Stanley Savoy.

The Red Storm advances to next weekend's state semifinals against Southern (8-4) of Anne Arundel County, a 20-19 winner over Wicomico (11-1).

"This meant everything to our program to finally be the first to do this against Hereford," Tariq Jones said. "They're a great team, but we can't get too happy about this. We have to move on to states."

Defensively, Ben Akalefu deflected a pass, recovered a fumble and also grabbed an onside kick, which he returned 55 yards for the game's final touchdown in the closing moments.

Hereford (10-2) had won 10 straight games as well as its eighth Baltimore County 2A-1A League title.

"This week's practice was the smoothest and mentally challenging that we've had. There was absolutely no playing around," Akalefu said. "We came in emotionally focused. We set out to accomplish a goal, and we did it."

The Bulls' were within 8-7 after Nick Narango's 10-yard run with 6:15 left in the first quarter, but Edmondson scored the next 22 points to put the game out of reach.

"They're a good football team," Hereford coach Steve Turnbaugh said. "They're better than us."

lem.satterfield@baltsun.com

Hereford 7 0 0 10 - 17

Edmondson 8 14 8 7 - 37

E-Washington 34 run (S. Jones run) H-Narango 10 run (Cimino kick) E-Damon 63 pass from Washington (pass failed) E-T. Jones 10 run (Washington run) E-Todd 62 pass from Washington (S. Jones run) H-Cimino 25 FG H-Hughes 6 pass from Brown (Cimino kick) E-Akalefu 55 kickoff return (Fisher kick)

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