Maryland 2A Semifinal

Clarksburg Takes a Lesson From Rout

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By Jeff Nelson
Special to The Washington Post
Saturday, December 1, 2007

BALTIMORE, Nov. 30 -- If Clarksburg's underclassmen decide to remember only the positive about this season, in which a second-year program won its first 12 games and made the 2A state semifinals, their memories will be happier, their hearts lighter as they go through the long offseason.

But immediately after a 35-0 loss to Eastern Tech on Friday night at Community College of Baltimore County-Essex, the message from the No. 17 Coyotes' coaches and players was clear:

They must remember this game and this feeling. It's the only way they can prevent it from happening again.

"We learned something from this," Clarksburg Coach Larry Hurd Jr. said. "For the state semifinals, we've got to be bigger and stronger. We played a team that was a better football team than us tonight."

Eastern Tech (13-0), which will play River Hill for the 2A state championship next Saturday, shut down Clarksburg's two-man rushing attack of Mark Small and Avery Graham. The juniors combined for more than 2,000 yards this season, but managed only 65 on 25 carries against the Mavericks.

Every time one back broke a tackle, another defender -- or two or three or four -- was waiting to deliver more punishment.

"They were just everywhere. They were everywhere," said Small, who left the game at the end of the third quarter with a knee injury. "I couldn't break one loose."

Eastern Tech's defensive dominance was not an aberration. The Mavericks came in allowing 5.1 points per game.

Hurd said the solution for Clarksburg, which will retain 32 of the 42 players on its roster, is to spend the next eight months in the weight room and on the track. If a lazy summer day rolls around with more tempting options than biceps curls and bench presses, he wants them to remember the time they spent Friday night being dominated in a state semifinal.

"This is going to burn in my soul until I come back here," Graham said. "And we're going to take it [next year]. State championship. We're going to take that ring."

Eastern Tech 35 No. 17 Clarksburg 0 A Great Escape: On a third-quarter punt, the snap went over Clarksburg's Morgan Mott's head. After retrieving the ball near the goal line, Mott picked it up and quickly drilled a line-drive punt past a host of Eastern Tech players in hot pursuit. So Close: Clarksburg had a fourth-quarter drive of 58 yards over 8 minutes 38 seconds, but it ended on a failed fourth-and-four pass from the Eastern Tech 14. Eastern Tech 35 No. 17 Clarksburg 0 A Great Escape: On a third-quarter punt, the snap went over Clarksburg's Morgan Mott's head. After retrieving the ball near the goal line, Mott picked it up and quickly drilled a line-drive punt past a host of Eastern Tech players in hot pursuit. So Close: Clarksburg had a fourth-quarter drive of 58 yards over 8 minutes 38 seconds, but it ended on a failed fourth-and-four pass from the Eastern Tech 14.


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