The unbeaten and 16th-ranked DuVal Tigers overcame a poor first half and a seven-point deficit to defeat Surrattsville, 28-7, in a Prince George's AB League game last night at Largo.

"We just didn't show up for the first half, I guess. I can't explain it," said DuVal Coach Steve Settles. "I just told them {at halftime} to not get discouraged and to get back to doing what we do best. We came out and controlled the line of scrimmage the way we were supposed to, and changed the game."

Early on, DuVal displayed none of the confident, aggressive play that had characterized its first five victories. The Tigers struggled through their worst half of the season, throwing two interceptions, losing two fumbles and failing to sustain their offense.

As a result, Surrattsville, aided by DuVal's errors, looked strong in the early going. Led by the workhorse running of Rob Clark (51 yards, 16 carries) the Hornets drove 46 yards for the game's first score. Halfback Sedric Reeves went off-tackle for a 12-yard touchdown run, helping the Hornets to a 7-0 lead.

Meanwhile, DuVal continued to have its trouble, right up until halftime, turning the ball over on its last three possessions. With Surrattsville unable to capitalize on any of them because of drive-stalling penalties, the Tigers were fortunate to be trailing by only one touchdown at intermission.

In the second half, however, it didn't take DuVal long to rediscover its lost offense, and it was the Tigers' two main offensive weapons who led the charge.

Running back Henry Brady, who was shut down most of the first half, broke free for runs of 42 and 14 yards -- the second for a touchdown, and DuVal pulled to within 7-6.

On the next series, it was quarterback Isaac Johnson's turn. Directing the Tigers downfield, he hit receiver Derrick Johnson over the middle for a 21-yard scoring strike. The two-point conversion put DuVal on top for the first time, 14-7. A 50-yard interception return by Dondre Owens and another Isaac Johnson touchdown pass concluded the scoring.

"In the first half it was a little frustrating because they were sending their weak side linebacker after me and he was getting through," said Isaac Johnson, who redeemed his two-interception first half by going four for four for 76 yards and two touchdowns in the second half. "We got the blocking we needed and the openings were there. We haven't played a half that bad all season, but we did the job after that."

For Surrattsville Coach Paul Terhes, it was a matter of watching a worst-case scenario. "I said before the game that I wasn't as worried about Brady as I was about their passing game. Those passes killed us, and after we got down on ourselves, we couldn't come back." Surrattsville (3-3) 7 0 0 0 7 DuVal (6-0) 0 0 22 6 28

S -- Reeves 12 run (O'Donovan kick)

D -- Brady 14 run (run failed)

D -- D. Johnson 21 pass from I. Johnson (Brady pass from I. Johnson)

D -- D. Owens 50 interception return (A. Owens pass from I. Johnson)

D -- Gregory 28 pass from I. Johnson (pass failed)