Red Storm gains state final berth

T. Jones rushes for 150 yards against Southern

Edmondson 28 Southern 13

Class 2A football

December 02, 2006|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun reporter

From the season's outset, Edmondson coach Dante Jones set a goal of winning a state title.

Jones, who starred on Baltimore City's first state championship team as a Dunbar senior in 1994, was unusually subdued after last night's 28-13 victory over Southern in a Class 2A state semifinal at Poly.

"Every time we line up, we expect to win," said Jones, whose Dunbar team lost to Southern in the semifinals when he was a junior in 1993. "We came in with a goal, and we can't celebrate until we achieve that goal."

Tariq Jones rushed for 150 yards and his 13th touchdown, and Sterling Jones, Alston Williams and Jamal Fields also rushed for scores in the Red Storm's 10th straight win. Edmondson has reached the state final twice. It lost to Urbana of Frederick County at the University of Maryland's Byrd Stadium in 1999.

Ryun Chandler had a sack, and Johnathan Mason, Dajuan Smith, Quinton Lyons and Alge Berry were part of a defense that limited running back Eric Foote to 74 yards and his 17th touchdown of the year - a 9-yard run that gave the Bulldogs (8-5) a 7-0 lead at 9:35 of the first quarter.

"We were a little jittery at first, but we never hung our heads," Mason said. "We're ready for the big show."

Edmondson (12-1) will face McDonough (12-1) of Charles County, a 42-14 winner over Frederick County's Middletown (11-2), in its first appearance at M&T Bank Stadium.

"This is big right now, and through the weekend," said Sterling Jones. "But on Monday, it's back to work."

Edmondson took a lead it would never relinquish, 8-7, with 2:32 left in the first quarter after Tariq Jones' 16-yard touchdown run, followed by Sterling Jones' two-point conversion run. The Red Storm made it 16-7 early in the second quarter after Sterling Jones' 16-yard run was followed by a conversion pass from Carroll Washington to Kareem Damon.

Southern trailed 22-7 at halftime, after Fields' 5-yard score that was set up by Berry's fumble recovery at the Southern 19-yard line. Edmondson held a 28-7 advantage with 7:13 to play after Williams' 58-yard touchdown run.

With 40 seconds to play, the Bulldogs' Kenneth O'Neil threw a 21-yard scoring pass to Durelle Evans that made the final score more respectable.

"They had a bunch of big, fast dudes over there. They were hybrids," said Foote, who has rushed for 1,104 yards. "I'm proud of our guys, but they were the better team tonight."

Southern 7 0 0 6 - 13

Edmondson 8 14 0 6 - 28

S-Foote 9 run (Vanwie kick) E-T. Jones 16 run (S. Jones run) E-S. Jones 16 run (Damon pass from Washington) E-Fields 5 run (pass failed) E-Williams 58 run (kick failed) S-Evans 21 pass from O'Neil (run failed)

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