Suitland, Gwynn Park look to translate dominant regular seasons into playoff success


Wesley Wolfork and Suitland were a dominant force in Prince George’s 4A football in the regular season. Now they hope that will translate to a deep playoff run. (Doug Kapustin/For The Washington Post)
November 14, 2013

For the two Prince George’s County’s teams that played perfect regular seasons, No. 5 Suitland (10-0) and No. 9 Gwynn Park (10-0), the numbers tell the story of seasons just as dominant as the records suggest.

The Rams’ stifling defense allowed 72 points in 10 games, the fewest in the county, and third-fewest among area teams with a full season’s worth of games recorded. Led by 171 tackes from senior linebacker Anthony Jackson, Suitland surrendered double-digit points only twice.

Gwynn Park’s defense yielded the second-fewest points in Prince George’s with 81, sixth in the D.C. area. The Yellow Jackets allowed opponents more than one score in just three games.

Both teams scored prodigiously, too. The Yellow Jackets averaged exactly 40 points a game in their perfect season to lead the county. That mark was sixth-highest in the area. The Rams scored the second-most points in Prince George’s with 363, good for 14th in the D.C. area.

The undefeateds produced points with balanced offensive attacks and experienced senior quarterbacks: Wesley Wolfolk (1,832 yards passing) for Suitland and Jay Adams (1,374 yards), for Gwynn Park. They finished third and fourth in Prince George’s public school passing, respectively.

Host B.J. Koubaroulis previews the first round Maryland 4A playoff match up between No. 5 Suitland and C.H. Flowers.

Neither team relies on one big-play back, either: Suitland’s Robert Wigfall (828 rushing yards) and Josh Burke (707), were the county’s sixth and eighth-leading public school rushers, while Gwynn Park’s Omar Branch (432 yards) finished 12th in the county.

For both teams, debilitating defense and reliably prolific offense added to an average margin of victory of over four touchdowns and extra points per game: Gwynn Park led Prince George’s with an average margin of victory of 32 points, fourth-largest in the D.C. area. Suitland won by an average of 29 points per game, second in the county, sixth in the region.

Neither team sputtered much against playoff quality competition. Gwynn Park played two postseason teams, 2A Douglass (8-2) and 1A Surrattsville (8-2), and won both games by a combined score of 83-36. Suitland beat every other 4A South playoff team during the regular season and didn’t allow a single one of them to score more than a touchdown, outscoring No. 14 DuVal (8-1), Wise (7-3), and C.H. Flowers (7-3) by a combined score of 69-19. The Rams host Flowers in the 4A South semifinals Saturday.

Around Prince George’s County

Surrattsville’s junior tailback Amaru Major led all Prince George’s public school rushers with 1,561 yards. . . . Bowie junior quarterback Jordan Green was the county’s top public school passer by yardage with 2,018 yards on 108 of 223 passing for 18 TDs. . . . Laurel senior quarterback Mason Duckett led in passing touchdowns with 21, and threw for 1,929 yards. . . . Bowie senior receiver Mohamed Roberts led the county in receiving yards with 822, and finished second in the county in touchdown catches (7) to Laurel’s Cailen Walker (8). . . . Roberts had the longest touchdown catch in the county with a 93-yard score against Bladensburg. That was the second-longest touchdown catch in the D.C.-area this season, according to statistics reported to The Post. . . . DuVal sophomore quarterback Antoine Brooks had Prince George’s public schools’ longest touchdown run of 2013 with a 90-yarder against Bowie, the sixth-longest scoring run in the D.C. area this year.

Chelsea Janes covers the Nationals for The Washington Post.
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