There was nothing normal about the way Forestville scored in a 30-20 win over Surrattsville on Saturday. Then again, there was nothing normal about the Forestville team that took the field in Clinton, either.
The Knights are down a starting quarterback. They’re wincing up and down a roster held together by grit and little more. It’s the middle of the season for one of the smallest schools in Prince George’s County, so options are limited.
That doesn’t mean the ways they can score have to be.
“They know that we can score on special teams, defense, offense,” Forestville running back Reginald Smith said after the Prince George’s 1A matchup. “Any kind of way.”
On their next score, Boston was standing on the sideline. It didn’t matter. Taking the ball out of the Wildcat formation, Jourdan Ginyard — normally a wide receiver — lowered his pads, took one step forward, then stopped. Looking up, he saw James Green by himself. One wobbly 42-yard pass later, Forestville was celebrating again seemingly on its way to a rout.
That would be the Knights’ last offensive touchdown of the afternoon, though. In the third quarter, Daquan West and Amaru Major found the end zone in quick succession for Surrattsville (5-3, 3-3) to even the score at 14.
While the Forestville coaches might have found themselves wondering how it ever got to this point, do-it-all Knights star Marcel Joly trotted onto the field for a kickoff return. His mind was elsewhere.
“All I was thinking is, I have to make it happen,” Joly said. “The ball’s got to come to me, and I got to make it happen.”
With a weaving, try-and-catch-me 80-yard return, he did. Forestville didn’t need its offense to go ahead 22-14, so Joly didn’t bother making it an issue.
“When you’re one of the best players in the country, you make plays like that,” Knights Coach Charles Harley said of his junior running back-defensive back. “He wanted the ball, they kicked it to him, and he finished it.”
Forestville wasn’t done yet. Or, perhaps more accurately, Forestville’s defense wasn’t done yet. Smith’s words rung true when Karon Dunbar raced around the left end of Surrattsville’s offensive line for a blindside sack and Avory Coles picked up the bouncing ball in the end zone for another third-quarter score, Smith’s words rang true. Offense, defense, special teams — the Knights had scored in any and all kinds of ways. Injuries or no injuries, this one felt good.