Derrell Parker's 70-yard punt return with 10 minutes remaining in the final quarter set up Pierre Hawkins's game-winning, 17-yard touchdown pass to Edward Garnes as host Forestville defeated previously unbeaten Central, 20-14, last night in a Prince George's 2A matchup.
"It was all about the special teams," Forestville Coach Michael Mayo said. "They put us in the position to play with a shortened field throughout the entire second half. We got the ball in position in the red zone, and the offense needed to put it in."
Forestville, the defending league champion and state finalist, improved to 5-1 overall, 1-0 in the league. Central, off to its best start in the '90s, dropped to 5-1, 0-1.
Central led, 14-7, at intermission on a one-yard run by quarterback Eric Featherstone and a 70-yard touchdown run by junior running back Leonard Morton. But Forestville defensive back Larry McClain, who entered as the county's leader in interceptions with four, picked off a Featherstone pass at the start of the second half.
Moments later, Hawkins completed three straight passes, before throwing a 25-yard touchdown pass to Parker to tie the score at 14.
"We wanted this game," McClain said. "We came out [in the second half] and took it."
GONZAGA 15, CARROLL 6: Gonzaga's Steve Pavlick turned in a complete performance, making 11 tackles, recovering a fumble and catching a crucial, two-point conversion from quarterback Dan Hagan to lead the Eagles to a 15-6 win over Carroll in a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference game. After a scoreless first half, running back Mark McConnell scored on a 14-yard run, with Pavlick catching the ensuing two-point conversion for the Eagles, who improved to 6-0-1 overall and 5-0-1 in the league. Carroll is 4-3, 2-2.
NORTH STAFFORD 33, OSBOURN PARK 20: North Stafford junior receiver Nate Ilaoa had six catches for 135 yards, and scored two touchdowns to lead North Stafford to a win in a nondistrict game at Osbourn Park. Ilaoa, who leads the area with 48 receptions, scored on a 98-yard pass from senior quarterback Chris Ashinhurst, in addition to finding the end zone again with a 76-yard kickoff return. Also coming up big for North Stafford (5-1) against Osbourn Park (1-5) was Ashinhurst, who was 21-of-29 passing for 345 yards with three touchdowns.
Special correspondent Jon Gallo contributed to this report.