Prince George's 3A/2A/1A
Friendly airs out Gwynn Park, 46-14
Saturday, October 2, 2010; 7:43 PM
It took Friendly's passing game a while to show up. But once it did, the Patriots' offense took over on the way to a 46-14 blowout of Gwynn Park on Saturday.
Friendly quarterback Davon Dorsey threw six consecutive incomplete passes to start the game. But with 1:07 remaining in the second quarter, he hooked up with Ibrahim Conteh for a 20-yard gain. On the next play, he went deep to Sherrod Baltimore for a 40-yard touchdown that gave Friendly (4-1) a commanding 22-8 lead.
"It's momentum," Dorsey said. "Once we get our momentum up we do our thing. That's it. We do what we want. We run the ball, complete passes, it's all up to us.
"We just gotta come out and play."
The two teams traded rushing touchdowns early in the first half. Navon Hobby scored on a 1-yard run for the Patriots, and Dalonte Young's 3-yard touchdown for the Yellow Jackets made it an 8-8 game.
But as Zach Jefferson attempted to lead Gwynn Park down the field to break the tie, he was intercepted by Taylor Matthews, who returned the ball 50 yards for a touchdown.
"Lot of mistakes, man," said Gwynn Park coach Danny Hayes. "We turned the ball over a lot. Just one of the worst I've seen since I've been here. Just a lot of turnovers, Just plays that were so easy, were so hard."
Dorsey struck again on Friendly's opening possession of the second half when he scored on a 9-yard run.
Young's second touchdown of the game for Gwynn Park later in the third quarter made it a 30-14 game, but the Patriots' running attack could not be stopped. Friendly Coach Peter Quaweay said his team had something to prove after a 30-16 loss to Potomac last week.
"I think these kids wanted to execute," Quaweay said. "They wanted to bounce back from last week. I thought they came out and played with passion, and they wanted to win. I couldn't be more proud of my kids right now."
Hobby scored again for Friendly, and Dorsey tossed another touchdown pass, as the Patriots used a flea-flicker to get the ball to Desmond Thomas to make the final score 46-14.
Dorsey ran the ball effectively all day, battering the Gwynn Park defense for 115 yards on just 13 carries.
Gwynn Park walked off the field dejected and hanging their heads. The team, which Hayes says isn't used to losing so badly, was quick to look forward to its next game at Largo.
"We tried, but at the end the best team prevailed," Gwynn Park linebacker Juanzel Harris said. "We fought, but at the same time we made mistakes that we could have corrected at the half. But I guess we couldn't, and the better team just beat us. Overall as a team effort we could have done better. It wasn't just one, it was everybody."
This story is from The Gazette group of community newspapers published by Post-Newsweek Media, a unit of The Washington Post Co.