Patterson forgets last week's opener, beats Poly by three touchdowns

Clippers win I-95 Kickoff Classic at Morgan State, 21-0

September 12, 2014|By Rich Scherr | For The Baltimore Sun

One week after failing to score a single point in its season opener, the Patterson football team entered Friday's I-95 Kickoff Classic at Morgan State looking for a fresh start.

The Clippers quickly burried those bitter memories, scoring on the game's opening possession and going on to a 21-0 win over Baltimore City rival Poly.

"[Starting strong] was very important," running back Anthony Partlow said. "We had to just come out here and execute our plays. We just had to do what we had to do to win this game today."

The game marked the third annual Roger Wrenn Classic, named after the man who coached Patterson for 32 yards and Poly for six. On this night, there was little doubt which team would take home the trophy.

Patterson (1-1) gained 369 yards of total offense, including 312 on the ground. Partlow got the bulk of the work for the Clippers, gaining 106 yards on 19 carries, including a touchdown.

The end result was a dramatic turnaround from just a week ago, when the Clippers fell to Mervo, 27-0.

"It was very disappointing last week for all the kids and all the coaches, especially going into a game they were expected to win," said Patterson coach Larry Mitchell, who played for Wrenn for four years. "We're still trying to get out of our preseason mode. We're trying to find our chemistry and who we are."

Patterson opened the game in strong fashion, using the no-huddle offense and rushing for 60 yards on its opening drive. After Partlow broke a pair of tackles to pick up a key third down, teammate Tynard Barfield cut through a gaping hole on the left side and ran untouched for a 14-yard touchdown just 2:30 into the first quarter.

Though the two-point conversion attempt was short, the Clippers had managed to score for the first time this season.

"We just need to try and get into a groove," Mitchell said. "We went to our no-huddle, which is kind of like our power set. We were trying to get off to a good start."

Poly (0-2), meanwhile, managed just 23 yards in the first half, and had an apparent touchdown pass called back for offensive pass interference.

The Engineers then missed a golden chance to pull even on their first possession of the second half, driving to Poly's 5-yard line before coming up short four straight times, including a near-pickoff in the endzone on fourth down.

That's when Patterson took command.

First quarterback Kennard Pugh faked a handoff to Partlow and gave it to Shawn Boyd, who took off down the right sideline for a 37-yard touchdown.

Then, minutes later, Patterson put together its best possession of the night, driving 95 yards on 16 plays, capped by Raekwon Wright's 3-yard touchdown run. Following Pugh's conversion run, the Clippers led 21-0.


Poly 0 0 0 0 -- 0

Patterson 6 0 7 8 -- 21

Pa-Partlow 14 run (run failed)

Pa-Boyd 37 run (Kitaho kick)

Pa-Wright 2 run (Pugh run)

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