Patterson football outrun by Patuxent in 42-8 semifinal loss

No. 15 Clippers allow more than 300 yards on ground

November 29, 2013|By Rich Scherr, For The Baltimore Sun

LUSBY — The Patterson football team made the two-hour journey to southern Calvert County Friday night for its first appearance in the state semifinals in nine years.

Following a 42-8 loss to host Patuxent, it's likely the trip home felt longer.

The Panthers, the No. 6-ranked team in the Washington, D.C., area, shredded Patterson's offense for three touchdowns in the first 10 minutes and 22 seconds and racked up 304 rushing yards in the game against the No. 15 Clippers, who were coming off four straight shutout wins.

Patterson second-year coach Larry Mitchell said his team was still riding the emotional wave of last week's shocking regional final win over Dunbar.

"The fact is, we played a good team tonight, and it was hard getting our kids over that game last week," Mitchell said. "It was almost like their championship game, and it took a lot out of our preparation."

The Panthers (13-0) advance to the Class 2A state final, scheduled for Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at M&T Bank Stadium, where they will face Middletown, a winner over Kent Island in the other 2A semifinal game. They will be in search of their first state title.

Patterson (9-4), meanwhile, saw its season end in the semifinals for the fourth time. The Clippers have yet to make it to a final.

This one was never in doubt after Patuxent started the game with 21 unanswered points. Senior Rafiq Douglas ran for 143 yards on 14 carries, including touchdowns of 19, 28 and 38 yards, while junior quarterback Tyler Crounse added 101 yards rushing and a pair of touchdown passes.

Buried in such a deep hole so early, the Clippers were unable to rely on their trademark run offense, anchored by senior Sherrod Hawkes. Though Hawkes finished with 128 yards on the ground, most came well after his team was out of contention.

"That was the game plan, to knock them off from the beginning," Douglas said. "A lot of the games we had during the season, the teams hung around with us. So we knew that a good, physical, athletic team like this … we've got to knock them off at the start."

"Once they started running on us, we didn't have an answer," Mitchell said.

Patterson's lone score came on a 2-yard run by Ali Atif Jr. with nine minutes and 50 seconds left in the half. But with the Panthers focusing their attention on Hawkes, who had run for more than 200 yards in each of his previous two games, the Clippers couldn't match their high-powered offense.

"I thought our defense was really the story," Patuxent coach Steve Crounse said. "They have such a dynamic offense, that you make them go three and out, and all of the sudden we have them on their heels, and they're going to try to do things they're not accustomed to doing."

Football

Class 2A state semifinals

Patterson -- 0 8 0 0 -- 8

Patuxent – 21 7 0 14 -- 42

Patu-Douglas 19 run (Chaconas kick)

Patu-Douglas 28 run (Chaconas kick)

Patu-Gross 23 pass from Crounse (Chaconas kick)

Patt-Ali 2 run (Forrest run)

Patu-Douglas 38 run (Chaconas kick)

Patu-Chapelle 28 pass from Crounse (Chaconas kick)

Patu-Caputo 3 run (Chcaconas kick)

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