Hammond defeats Wilde Lake, 14-6, in Howard County football

By Jason Mackey
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, September 18, 2010; 1:03 AM

Hd sophomore Dionte Jones was so excited following the Golden Bears' 14-6 win over Wilde Lake on Friday afternoon that he fumbled his words when asked a basic question.

Quarterback Josh Whaley misquoted his team's record last season when asked how it felt to be 2-1 after a difficult opening stretch against River Hill, Atholton and the Wildecats.

Such is life when you're playing for a program that hasn't had a winning record at any point during a season since 1999, according to Coach Dan Makosy.

"This is something we're really holding on to," Whaley said.

The win, which follows a 19-13 upset of Atholton last week, was made possible by a fumble recovery by Jones with less than two minutes to go and the score tied at six. After linebacker Rasheed Lashley jarred the ball loose, Jones pounced on it at the 5-yard line and scored two plays later from that same spot.

He also added the two-point conversion to put Hammond ahead by eight, the final margin.

"When I saw Rasheed hit the ball out, something told me that the ball was going to come to me," said Jones, who finished with 59 yards on 13 carries. "So when the ball popped into my hands, everything opened up from there. I was happy about that."

Hammond had plenty to be happy about with its ground game, which also featured junior Devon Paye (18 carries, 57 yards). On the Golden Bears' second drive of the second half, they used Paye and Jones to march 50 yards on 12 plays, draining 6 minutes 36 seconds off the clock.

The drive finally ended on a one-yard scoring plunge from Whaley, who called a silent sneak at the line of scrimmage.

"Josh Whaley did a great job, studying and knowing what to expect out there," said Makosy, who last season helped the program win its first game since 2007. Hammond finished 3-7.

Wilde Lake (2-1) scored first on a 17-yard touchdown run by Khalil Viera (13 carries, 52 yards) with 10:01 to go in the second quarter, the result of a 12-play, 73-yard drive that took nearly six minutes.

Hammond, which blocked the extra point attempt, had a chance to pull even less than a minute before halftime when Wilde Lake couldn't convert a fourth-and-three situation from its own 40, setting up Jones's second-half heroics.

"It feels great to come out here and beat the guys who beat you for the last three years," said Whaley, whose team was 4-26 during the three years prior to this season. "We're definitely going to try and keep this thing going."

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