T. Jones lifts Edmondson to 2A crown

Senior has 308 rushing yards in rout

No. 3 Edmondson 37 McDonough 9


December 10, 2006|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun reporter

Tariq Jones rushed for a career-high 308 yards to lead Edmondson to its 11th straight win, a Class 2A state title rout of McDonough of Charles County, 37-9, at M&T Bank Stadium yesterday.

Edmondson coach Dante Jones became the first man to coach and play for title-winning teams from the city. In 1994, as a senior linebacker for coach Stanley Mitchell, he recovered a fumble to help Dunbar become Baltimore City's first state champion with a 15-point rout of Cumberland's Fort Hill High.

"This is not about me. This is about Coach Pete [Pompey]. This is his championship," said Jones, 30, referring to the legendary coach whose program he inherited last year. Pompey took Edmondson to a 2A runner-up finish against Urbana in 1999, but the Red Storm had never won a state title until yesterday. "We never lost focus on our goal to win states. Our motto was W-W-W-dot-states."

Senior Tariq Jones rushed for scores of 6, 16 and 18 yards for the Red Storm (13-1), which had 345 yards on the ground. Teammate Sterling Jones rushed for 63 yards, plus a two-point conversion, and also recovered a fumble that set up his 5-yard score during a 21-point fourth quarter.

"Coach Tay [Dante Jones] already had that feeling of winning a championship," Sterling Jones said. "This was about giving us that same feeling, the one that he had being a state champion at Dunbar."

Sophomore quarterback Carroll Washington rushed and passed for two-point conversions before being replaced by senior James Thorne, from whom Ralph Todd caught his fifth scoring pass of the year.

Defensive end Alge Berry registered his 16th, 17th and 18th sacks, joining linebackers Kyle Jackson and Ben Akalefu in controlling double-threat quarterback Christian Ward. Ward entered the game having thrown most of his 21 touchdowns to 6-foot-5 receiver Derek Drummond (11 touchdowns), and had not thrown an interception in three previous playoff games.

The Red Storm held Ward to 108 passing yards and Drummond to two receptions for 22 yards, thanks to Jackson, Sterling Jones, Dionta Cox, Jamell Mason and Markkeder McCall, who have combined for 30 interceptions.

"Our main focus was getting pressure on their quarterback," Berry said. "We didn't want to give him a lot of time to work with."

Cox (five interceptions this season) said of the Red Storm's defense against Drummond: "We prepare for the best, regardless of who they are. We didn't look at him like he was a top player. We just prepared like we always do."

The Red Storm established its running game early, behind the blocking of Darius Morris, Johnathan Mason, Nicholas Speller, Stanley Savoy, Jerome Baskerville, Rachard Douglass and Dajuan Smith.

"I couldn't have done it without my line," said Tariq Jones, who had 1,951 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns this year.

"I stopped trying to read a hole, try to make people miss every time, and I've just been straight running," he said.

With Dunbar earning its fourth state title earlier yesterday, the city earned two state titles and had as many finalists for the first time since joining the public school state association in 1993.

"I didn't see Dunbar's game, but my heart was out there with Dunbar," Jones said. "This puts Baltimore City on the map."

McDonough (12-2) was within 8-3 at halftime after a 23-yard field goal by Zac Zywusko in the second quarter. But the Red Storm led 22-3 before the Rams scored again, on Nathan Hoyte's 45-yard run with 8:34 to play.

"It's a championship game, so obviously we expected a tough game," said McDonough coach David Bradshaw, whose Rams totaled 229 offensive yards compared with Edmondson's 466. "Obviously, we expected to put more than nine points on the board."


Edmondson 8 0 8 21 - 37

McDonough 0 3 0 6 - 9

E-T. Jones 6 run (Washington run) M-Zywusko 23 FG E-T. Jones 16 run (Jackson pass from Washington) E-S. Jones 5 run (kick failed) M-Hoyte 45 run (run failed) E-T. Jones 18 run (S. Jones run) E-Todd pass from Thorne (Fisher kick)

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