No. 12 Gwynn Park does not have a superstar, but it seems to have very good players at just about every position. The Yellow Jackets dominated in nearly every phase again yesterday, earning a 24-7 victory over visiting Forestville in their first true test this season.
After losing a fumble and falling behind early, Gwynn Park had little trouble coming back. Quarterback Steve Floyd threw two touchdown passes and tailbacks Regis Austin, Lorenzo Dixon and Joel Ellerbe combined for 175 yards on 25 carries. Defensively, the Yellow Jackets allowed just 29 yards of total offense; of Forestville's 39 plays, 24 were for a loss or no gain.
"We knew they had a good receiver in [Jermaine] Lindsay, we just played well," junior defensive end Adrian Moten said.
It was Lindsay, filling in part-time at quarterback because starter Dennis Anthony broke his ankle last week, who got Forestville (4-3, 3-3 Prince George's 3A/2A) on the board. After linebacker Allen Whitaker's long fumble return, Lindsay scored on a two-yard quarterback sneak, giving the Knights a 7-0 lead, the first time that Gwynn Park had trailed this season.
The Yellow Jackets (7-0, 7-0) tied it on Floyd's 30-yard touchdown to Anthony Herbin on a post pattern. They took the lead on Ellerbe's 25-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter, as Gwynn Park used its depth to wear down Forestville.
Gaithersburg Win Is a Kick
Senior Meshach Ofori-Mintah made a 20-yard field goal with 2 minutes 24 seconds remaining to help Gaithersburg to a 16-14 upset victory at Whitman.
Gaithersburg led 13-7 when Whitman failed to convert a fourth down at its 15-yard line. The Trojans (3-4) took over at the 15, setting up Ofori-Mintah's kick. But Whitman (5-2) kept it interesting, scoring on the following drive.
"We thought [the field goal] was the icing on the cake," Gaithersburg Coach Kreg Kephart said. "But they went down and scored." The Vikings recovered an onside kick but ran out of time.
Brown Leads Huntingtown
Senior quarterback Bobby Brown had season highs of 125 yards passing and 101 yards rushing to lead Huntingtown to 27 unanswered fourth-quarter points and a 41-14 victory over La Plata (3-4, 3-4) in a Southern Maryland Athletic Conference game.
The Hurricanes (3-3 overall, 3-3 SMAC) seized control early in the fourth quarter. Senior Phil Riley rushed for a 10-yard touchdown with just under 10 minutes to play to put Huntingtown back up 21-14.
On the third play of the subsequent La Plata (3-4, 3-4) possession, Nathan Coates intercepted a pass at the Huntingtown 26 with 7:58 to play. Rather than run some time off the clock, Brown went to a play-action pass on first down and hit senior Larawnn Dicks for a 74-yard scoring pass.
"It surprised me [that we called a passing play]," Brown said, "but once [Dicks] caught it, I knew we just put the game away."
Special correspondent Lauren Silva and staff writer Alan Goldenbach contributed to this report.