So far this season, no team has been able to stop Patuxent High's football team from scoring points, nor can anyone stop sophomore Terry Caulley from gaining yards. That certainly didn't change Friday night at La Plata, as Patuxent broke the 40-point barrier for the fourth time in five games and Caulley neared 1,000 yards for the season in a 49-20 victory over the host Warriors.
Patuxent (5-0, 3-0 Southern Maryland Athletic Conference) started more slowly than usual, but had little problem handing La Plata (3-2, 1-2) its second consecutive loss after a 3-0 start.
The Panthers didn't score an offensive touchdown until the second quarter. Their lone score in the opening quarter came on a 75-yard punt return from the small but elusive Caulley.
Caulley, who is 5 feet 7 inches tall and 160 pounds, added five rushing touchdowns to his total, finishing with 31 carries for 246 yards. Caulley, midway through the season, has rushed for an area-high 997 yards and 13 touchdowns on 96 carries.
"I just rely on my line and if I continue to do that, I'll succeed," Caulley said.
Said La Plata safety-running back Titus Green: "He's a tough runner, definitely one of the best in the conference. We had [Thomas Stone's] Marcus Whalen here last week, and the only difference between the two is that Caulley is lighter. Both are quick, both are light on their feet and see the holes. Terry is just a little easier to tackle if you get your hands on him."
Patuxent fullback Anthony Baldwin, five inches taller and 22 pounds heavier than Caulley, added 82 yards on 11 carries. The Panthers also got it done in the air, with quarterback Judd Vail completing four of nine passes for 116 yards.
"They are a real good, real balanced team," La Plata Coach Joe Williams said. "They have speed, size, everything. They platoon a lot, too, on offense and defense."
La Plata's Green, a junior, was all over the field for the Warriors, accounting for all three of La Plata's touchdowns. He ran for one, caught one and returned an interception 95 yard for one. He also made 12 tackles.
"[The Warriors] are a hard-hitting football team and have a lot of talented kids who can hurt you, especially Titus Green and [Raheem] Archer," Patuxent Coach Jim Esposito said. "They brought it to us in the second half, but we were able to score offensively to secure the win."
The Panthers did not let up until the end. Ahead 42-20 with just over three minutes to play, Vail hit wide receiver Pat Martin on a 68-yard pass to give the Panthers first-and-10 from the Warriors' 13-yard line. Caulley ran it up the middle for his sixth touchdown of the game on the following play.
Note: La Plata lost running back-safety Marcus Proctor (shoulder), fullback-linebacker Dennis Williamson (ankle) and lineman Derek Wright (back) to injuries during the game. All three are questionable for Friday's game against Westlake.
Patuxent (5-0, 3-0) 6 14 8 21-- 49
La Plata (3-2, 1-2) 0 16 6 8-- 20
P--Caulley 75 punt return (kick failed)
P--Caulley 5 run (Ennis pass from Vail)
L--Green 95 interception return (pass failed)
P--Vail 6 run (kick failed)
L--Green 53 run (run failed)
P--Caulley 2 run (Vail run)
P--Caulley 30 run (Connell kick)
L---Green 26 pass from McConnell (McConnell run)
P--Caulley 16 run (Connell kick)
P--Caulley 13 run (Connell kick)
LEADING RUSHERS--P: Caulley 31-246, Baldwin 11-82. L: Green 20-140.
LEADING PASSERS--P: Vail 4-9-1 116. L: McConnell 6-12-2 115.
LEADING RECEIVERS--P: Martin 3-91, Ennis 1-25; L: Green 2-27, Conner 1-32, Desperes 1-22, Miles 1-20.