With Suitland struggling for a second consecutive week against a team it was expected to beat handily, an unlikely player made the game-changing play.
The previous week, it was standout Mark Duncan who returned a kickoff for a touchdown in the final minute to beat Oxon Hill. This past Saturday, it was senior cornerback Donnell Kitt who turned the game for the Rams. Kitt made his first career interception and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter as Suitland defeated High Point, 28-6.
"Offensively, we were kind of struggling," Suitland Coach Nick Lynch said. "I remember somebody on the sideline said hopefully the defense could make a play."
The Rams led 14-6 early in the final quarter when, on second down, a High Point pass was thrown behind the tight end. Kitt reached back to grab the ball, broke two tackles and scored to give Suitland a more comfortable lead as it improved to 5-0 for the fifth time in Lynch's nine seasons.
"That secured the victory," Lynch said. "He was excited. He was probably about to run home."
As for the notion that Suitland has struggled against teams that finished near the bottom of the Prince George's 4A league last season and have struggled again this season, Lynch said he was not concerned.
"You've still got to play the game, and nobody in our county is going to lay down for anybody," Lynch said. "I will definitely take it, that's for sure. I just want to win. It can be 1-0."
-- JOSH BARR