Despite facing a size disadvantage, Douglass' offensive line was the decisive factor in yesterday's upset of 16th-ranked and previously undefeated DuVal, 20-8, in a Prince George's AB League game at Douglass.
"There's no doubt in my mind they beat us off the line of scrimmage," said DuVal Coach Steve Settle.
Douglass (4-3, 2-2 in the league) went ahead when quarterback Carrington Daye faked a fullback dive, cut right and leaped across the goal line from two yards out. After a pass conversion failed, the hosts led by 6-0.
"We've got a small line, but they always give 110 percent," said Daye. "They gave me an opening, and when I saw it, I thought, 'This boy isn't going to stop, I'm going over.' "
Midway through the first quarter, the Eagles again found the end zone, but this time it was through the air.
With 4:56 remaining in the first half, Daye found tight end Carlton Pickett down the right sideline for a 49-yard touchdown pass.
Although Pickett was the only player designated as a pass receiver on the touchdown play, neither Daye nor Pickett was worried about the success of the play. According to Pickett, it was just a matter of running fast and long.
"I've just got to outrun my man," said Pickett. "Once I got the ball, I didn't really think about the guy behind me, I just put on the turbo."
On the first play of the fourth quarter, fullback Derwin Webb ran nine yards behind right tackle Bob Egan to score the Eagles' third touchdown. Although the pass conversion failed, the Eagles were content to lead 20-0.
Later in the fourth quarter, quarterback Irvin Johnson scored on a one-yard run as DuVal (6-1, 3-1) avoided the shutout. The pass conversion failed, but the Tigers got a safety later in the period.Douglass (4-3) 0 14 0 6 20 DuVal (6-1) 0 0 0 8 8
Do -- Daye 1 run (pass failed)
Do -- Pickett 49 pass from Daye (Store pass from Pickett)
Do -- Webb 9 run (pass failed)
Du -- Johnson 1 run (pass failed)
Du -- Safety, Greir tackled in end zone