Matthew Parker ran for 63 yards and a touchdown on offense and had eight tackles and a quarterback sack on defense as the Maplewood Sports Association 95-pound football team defeated the Braddock Road Panthers, 16-12, in the 16th annual Metropolitan Area Youth Super Bowl Saturday at James Madison High School in Vienna, Va.
The Metropolitan Area Youth Super Bowl is one of the area's most prestigious youth sports events. It features the best football teams from the Capital Beltway League in Montgomery County, the Fairfax County Youth League, the Prince George's County Boys and Girls Club and the Jabbo Kenner League in the District.
Maplewood, which competes in the Capital Beltway League, was one of six Super Bowl champions. The Chantilly Vikings defeated the Montgomery Village Chiefs, 13-12, in the 75-pound championship and the Springfield Mustangs downed Maplewood, 56-26, in the 125-pound final.
The Chantilly Bombers won the 85-pound title with a 20-6 win over Oxon Hill, Vienna defeated Oxon Hill, 18-2, in the 110-pound championship and Glenarden beat the Hyattsville Tigers, 34-14, in the 150-pound final.
Coach Kevin LaVern's team got on the scoreboard first against Braddock Road. Following an interception by Daniel Ryan, who returned it 14 yards, Maplewood went on a 10-play, 54-yard scoring drive. Michael Parker carried the ball three times for 19 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown with 49.6 seconds left in the first half. Sean Calabrese added the two-point conversion, giving Maplewood an 8-0 halftime lead.
Maplewood extended its lead to 16-0 in the third quarter. Following a miscue by Braddock Road on fourth down, Maplewood took over on the Braddock Road 16. Two plays later, Matthew Parker (10 carries, 34 yards) took a handoff, bounced right and broke four tackles en route to a 14-yard touchdown.
Braddock Road came to life in the fourth quarter. After pinning Maplewood deep in its own territory, the Panthers took over on the Maplewood 20. Six plays later, running back Tim Kohirus scored from four yards out, cutting the lead to 16-6 with 4:44 remaining.
The Panthers scored again a few minutes later. Following a blocked punt by Kohirus, which gave Braddock Road the ball near midfield, Maplewood was called for pass interference. Officials then flagged the Maplewood coaches for unsportsmanlike conduct, moving the ball to the 21. Two plays later, Joey Skaff threw a 21-yard strike to Shawn Prentice, cutting the lead to 16-12. The extra point was blocked by Michael Parker.
Maplewood 0 8 8 0 16
Braddock Road 0 0 0 12 12
M-Michael Parker 10 run (Sean Calabrese kick)
M-Matthew Parker 14 run (Sean Calabrese kick)
BR-Tim Kohirus 4 run (kick failed)
BR-Shawn Prentice 21 pass from Joey Skaff (kick failed)
Rushing: M: Matthew Parker 16-63, Michael Parker 10-34, Daniel Gallagher 8-22. BR: Tim Kohirus 7-16.
Passing: M: Sean Calabrese 1-4-0 11 yards; BR: Joey Skaff 9-22-3 118 yards.
Receiving: M: Clark Saunders 1-11; BR: Joehun McDevitt 3-52, Aaron Solomon 2-12, Tim Kohirus 1-24, Shawn Prentice 1-21, Aaron Brennan 1-6, Frankie Keel 1-3.
Metropolitan Area Youth Super Bowl
Chantilly Vikings 13
Montgomery Village Chiefs 12
HIGHLIGHTS: Andrew Murphy ran for 69 yards and one touchdown and completed 2 of 7 passes for 25 yards as the Chiefs rallied from a 13-0 deficit.
Dominique Dixon carried the ball 12 times for 38 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown late in the third quarter.Darrell Bibb, Jr., carried the ball nine times for 27 yards and Mathew Stewart caught a 28-yard pass.
Thomas Addison, Christian Williams, Anthony Johnson, Terence Wright, Lionel Bannerman, Timothy Seth Travers and Jacob Stearman played good defense and Nate Luongo, Marcus Scott, Harry Stewart III, Mike Duguid and Bannerman made several key blocks. Rodney Mickens, Ian Nisson, Jason Summerour, Mark Williams, Jack Celmer, Michael Weeks-Haire and Samuel Mason also played well for Coach Brandon Johnson's team.
Springfield Mustangs 56
HIGHLIGHTS: Maplewood was led by Louis Woodland, Kevin Kistler, Tyler Lazear, Kyle Brant, Luis Fermin, Marcus Lee, Nick Veith, Tyler Vinson, Floyd Thompson, John Harding, Dalton Patterson, Nathan Thompson, Drew Boyd, Jamie Higgins, Sean Gleason, Tom Koutsamp, Paul Lindler, Vincent Vaghi, Jimmy O'Laughlin, Carl Horton, Travell Dixon, David Yurko, Ry Henry, Brian Dickerson and Chris Tittle. The team is coached by Marty Dickerson.